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Friday, May 15, 2015

Youth programs at BronxWorks aim to foster responsibility and civic-mindedness.  Issues of homelessness and housing insecurity, youth violence, and a dearth of high-quality sexual health education in City schools are concerns for which youth served by BronxWorks seek solutions at both a community and a policy level.  BronxWorks youth leader Justin Gyamsi has done just that.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Older adults from the surrounding neighborhoods very much enjoy visiting our four senior centers.  They chat, they lunch, they celebrate holidays.  But more than that, they participate in a variety of arts-related activities that test their spontaneity and creativity.  They love it all. Here are some of their more recent projects:

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Helping to make the South Bronx a bit greener, BronxWorks held a giveaway of 100 shade trees May 9th at the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center. The free tree distribution is part of a project sponsored by the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and Million TreesNYC.  Their goal is to distribute that many trees at the rate of 30,000 a year by 2017.  Claire Turner of NYRP called the turnout a success.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bringing together residents, organizations, and businesses representing over 20 countries, BronxWorks’ first annual Immigrant Heritage Fair celebrated Bronx immigrants’ rich history, vibrant present, and dynamic future. Held at our Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center, the fair was attended by over 100 people and featured a global food showcase from Bronx restaurants; salsa, step dance, and African drumming performances; and a fashion show presented by the African People Alliance.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Her daughter at Fordham University suggested there were people in the South Bronx who needed help.  And that is how BronxWorks became the beneficiary of a generous Christmas gift from the Ladies Philoptochos Society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nutrition and housing, the subjects of two talks by BronxWorks staffers, aroused a great deal of interest at a recent conference sponsored by Food Bank of New York City.  Juandy Paredes, case management supervisor for BronxWorks’ HomeBase program, and Maxene Foster, coordinator of our Access to Benefits program, spoke at workshops.  Also attending was Maria Rivera, director of our Department of Senior Services, which oversees two food pantries.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

As part of a nationwide drive sponsored by the National Basketball Association to promote health and fitness among schoolchildren, Chicago Bulls power forward Nicola Mirotic visited P.S.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BronxWorks is expanding its services to an often marginalized Bronx population, the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and questioning or queer) community in the wake of the highly successful LGBTQ Health & Resources Fair at the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center in January.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Older adults are one of the most vulnerable groups of people when it comes to risk of homelessness.  To address this, BronxWorks has created the Seniors Homelessness Prevention Project (SHPP) to help borough residents 60 and above navigate eviction proceedings.  SHPP was one of several programs geared toward the elderly that was featured at the first Senior Housing Forum BronxWorks held this past winter.  Scores of seniors attended the gathering at the BronxWorks Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center next door to Bronx Housing Court.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Last month P.S. 42 at 1537 Washington Ave. was designated a community school with BronxWorks selected as an overseer at the school, now the P.S. 42 Claremont School.  Specifically, BronxWorks will carry out a program to improve school attendance and cut down on the drop-out rate.  Although we haven’t been there very long, everything is working out smoothly, says Stephanie Rodriguez, BronxWorks’ community school coordinator who is now stationed there.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Like the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament for women and men, BronxWorks is “going mad” this weekend to help Bronx youth successfully transition from middle school to high school and from high school to college.  The first annual BronxWorks March Madness event, organized for youngsters aged 13 to 21, will be held this Friday and Saturday (March 13th and 14th), with events divided between two of BronxWorks community centers.

Friday, February 27, 2015

While the Mott Haven community has experienced substantial population growth and is in the midst of a renaissance, it remains one of the poorest places in our country.  The median income is well below citywide and national averages, while the poverty and jobless rates remain well above those for New York City and the US as a whole. With high poverty and joblessness come a host of challenges, including a lack of technology access.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The New York Community Trust has had many partnerships with BronxWorks and has supported several programs.  This past fall, the Trust approved a $45,000 Healthy Neighborhoods planning grant for BronxWorks.  One of a select number of Bronx-based organizations to receive Healthy and Livable South Bronx  funding, the grant will enable BronxWorks to develop strategies designed to improve health outcomes in the Mott Haven section of our borough, a community characterized by high rates of asthma, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.  Ms.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Are you an early learning professional in the Bronx seeking credits towards a master’s degree?  This coming September you will be able to take classes taught by the faculty of Bank Street College at the BronxWorks Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center at 1130 Grand Concourse.  The five-story, 42,500 square foot building, which has an Early Childhood Learning Center, a computer lab, and several classrooms, will offer graduate classes for the autumn 2015 semester.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jobs-Plus is a program BronxWorks operates in three New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complexes that cover the South Melrose and Mott Haven sections of the South Bronx.  Started in 2011 with support from the Social Innovation Fund and the Mayor’s Fund for New York City, its purpose is to increase the earnings, savings, and employment capacity of working-age residents in public housing.  Currently in operation in the Betances, Courtlandt, and E.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

This Valentine’s Day BronxWorks partnered with the Bronx Polar Bears Club to raise awareness about homelessness. On Saturday, February 14th, with kickoff activities that began at 11:00 AM, the Bronx Polar Bears braved the winter waters of Long Island Sound to remind us of the challenges of living on the street.  Their five minute dip was symbolic of the bone-chilling cold homeless men and women must deal with every minute of each day in the winter.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

BronxWorks thinks city schools should put more stress on sexual health education programs and that the city should tighten slack enforcement of standards already in place for these programs.  BronxWorks has the experience to say so, based on its sexual health education program which focuses on the insights and opinions of the youth who participate in it.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Why is it that the end of every year seems to come upon us with a rush?  Suddenly there’s an upsurge of festivity as we observe the winter holidays and rush towards the New Year with time out from routine workdays for family gatherings, parties with friends, and other observances. At BronxWorks the end of 2014 was celebrated from early December into early January with observances of Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day.  And, as ever, we were astonished by all the gifts and other donations made to BronxWorks by institutions and individuals.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The one theme that dominated BronxWorks’ Senior Housing Forum is that there is plenty of information available to help seniors facing homelessness but this data is largely unknown by this vulnerable population.  The theme underlined presentations by a panel of housing experts at the event.  As State Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda remarked, “People don’t have the information to help prevent evictions and protect themselves against unscrupulous landlords.”

Monday, December 8, 2014

A sure sign that the holidays are upon us is the annual Family Heritage Luncheon presented by BronxWorks Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) for the families of pre-school children enrolled in it.  This was an opportunity for families in the gorgeous mosaic that has become the South Bronx to share their diversity with one another and forge bonds that transcend labels that often fragment communities.  

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