The Children’s Aid Society is a truly impressive program that works to give every child in the New York City public school system an opportunity at success. Children’s Aid knows that children in New York’s lower income neighborhoods are not always given the foundation needed to reach academic success and therefore acquire a top notch career. This great organization offers a number of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can help out by being a member of the associates council, working on corporate volunteer projects, or working directly with the children and families. This organization thrives largely thanks to the help of its volunteers. Volunteers help young people in New York City schools by mentoring and tutoring in addition to giving clerical assistance and homework help. Here are a few successful stories from the Children’s Aid Society.
Manny Torres is a 22 year old employee at Children’s Aid, who once benefited from the amazing programs when he was younger. He was a participant in two Children’s Aid after-school programs: P.S. 5 and P.S. 152. When he reached the age of 15, Torres was eager to work, so he enrolled in the The Children’s Aid Society’s Summer Youth Employment Program, where he was an assistant facilitator at his former school of P.S. 152. He is now the aquatics director and has gained a number of skills that he intends to use in the future when pursuing his dreams of becoming a physical education teacher.
The Children’s Aid Society also helps children stay on track academically during their summer break. Studies show that many children suffer from summer learning loss. It’s also been shown that young people who live in low-income neighborhoods are more likely to fall behind academically in their summer than their peers in more affluent regions.
At the Children’s Aid summer camp, reading is a key part of each child’s experience. The biggest celebration of reading is Reading Leaders Day, an event held at the Goodhue Center of Staten Island every August. A number of elected officials and public servants join Children’s Aid to read to the young people and enjoy the festivities. The children enjoy the event immensely. Getting children excited about reading is a key part of getting them on track for success.
Another touching Children’s Aid success story is that of Betty Sanchez. Sanchez arrived in the U.S. from the Dominican Republic ten years ago not speaking a word of English, though she was able to read and understand it. She then found Children’s Aid and joined the adult education program at Salomé Ureña. She enrolled in an English-language learners class and got a part-time job organizing supplies from the adult program. She then began to work for students at the after-school program, the majority of whom spoke Spanish. She is now the data specialist coordinator, part of the Salomé Ureña Campus’ Data Information Outcomes Unit. Sanchez attended Hostos Community College when an opportunity presented itself through a Children’s Aid partner. She earned professional certification in after-school programming, as well as an associate’s degree. She then enrolled at Boricua College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in childhood education and was the only summa cum laude in her class. Betty Sanchez hopes to be an inspiration for other children and parents in her community.
The Children’s Aid Society is making a big difference in many people’s lives. If you want to be a part of this change, get involved with this groundbreaking organization today.