Want to know how much fun you could be having at work? Check out this “PAW’s Got Talent” flyer for our afterschool program at the Preparatory Academy for Writers PAW Jam performance showcase. Our youth development staff at the program decided to have a laugh and photoshopped their faces onto an image of “America’s Got Talent” judges — and the youth participants loved it!
“We felt like stars!” says eighth-grader Cindy Jean-Francois, a former participant of Ballroom Basix (BBX) at M.S. 283 Preparatory Academy for Writers’ afterschool program, “Play After Work” (PAW). Creating opportunities for our students to build self-confidence and shine is just one of the many facets of The Child Center’s afterschool-enrichment programs — and it’s just one of the benefits of this innovative activity, now in its second year at PAW.
“Dance, and partner dancing specifically, has a huge impact on social and emotional learning,” says The Child Center’s PAW Program Director Carolyn Johnson. “By its very nature, partner dancing is about teamwork. It teaches our kids about working with a partner, about being respectful of your partner.” And, as a result, “parents and educators herald BBX as a unique deterrent to bullying,” says founder and artistic director Sidney “Dr. Dance” Grant, who launched BBX in a single Harlem middle school in 2008 and now operates it at more than 100 schools across NYC’s five boroughs. Continue reading
By Manisha Singh
Director, COMPASS at P.S. 273
The Child Center of NY will be celebrating a huge and meaningful anniversary next month. This December marks the 20th anniversary of the agency’s Youth Development division. With dozens of sites and programs, ranging from afterschool services to alternative high schools and internships, YD serves 10,000 children and young adults annually, preparing them for adulthood with the skills, support, and confidence to compete and succeed at school and in life. It’s been a privilege for me to be involved with one of those programs for the past four years. Continue reading
The Partnership for Afterschool Education (PASE) held its annual PASEsetter Awards Benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street on February 25 to recognize the commitment, energy, and creativity of five outstanding New York City afterschool educators and one champion. Among them was Amanda Etienne, associate director of youth development for The Child Center of NY.
During the benefit, award recipients had the opportunity to share their journeys with an audience of more than 400 people. Amanda spoke warmly about The Child Center community and its positive impact on New York City’s youth.
“Our organizational culture produces some of the most high-energy, dedicated, compassionate and passionate youth work professionals who go beyond expectations to meet the needs of our clients,” she said. Continue reading