The TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Multiple cyclists stand ready to ride at the TD Five Boro Bike Tour in 2019

The TD Five Boro Bike Tour, America’s largest cycling event, is back!  On Sunday, May 5, 2024, cyclists will ride over 40 miles of car-free streets through all five boroughs in New York City.

Riders for #TeamBronxWorks at the Bike Tour are raising money and awareness for children’s programs at our shelters for homeless families. Team BronxWorks riders commit to raising a minimum of $750 for BronxWorks programs.

Support our riders! Donate to their fundraising here.

We were so fortunate to have 17 riders last year who together raised over $19,000!

Learn more about the Bike Tour at https://www.bike.nyc/events/td-five-boro-bike-tour/

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The BronxWorks November/December 2023 Newsletter

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Open | BronxWorks Is Hiring!

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The BronxWorks 2024 Gala

The BronxWorks 2024 Lifting Lives Gala will take place Thursday, May 9, 2024, once again at the New York Botanical Garden.

The BronxWorks 2024 Lifting Lives Gala

New York Botanical Garden
2950 Southern Blvd (Enter at Mosholu Gate)
Thursday, May 9, 2024
6pm-10pm

Purchase Tickets and Sponsorships here! Stay tuned for more exciting updates.

For more information on how to support the 2024 Gala, please contact Director of Advancement and Communications Gianna Dell’Olio at gdellolio@bronxworks.org or 917.594.7419.

Thank you to our early sponsors!!

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Meet Quincy J., a BronxWorks Participant

Quincy J. comes to BronxWorks to build a better future for daughter Soraya.

Quincy J. is a 23-year-old father to Soraya. He is an active member of the BronxWorks Fatherhood Center, a program offering services to eligible Bronx fathers age 18+ who are low-income and are the non-custodial, joint custodial, or sole custodian to a child under age 24. The Center works to reinforce positive parent-child and co-parenting relationships, expand opportunities to achieve financial stability, and improve parenting knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy.

Quincy, a lifetime Bronx resident, is no stranger to BronxWorks; he started attending the BronxWorks Jobs-Plus program as a teenager seven years ago and speaks very highly of all the services offered by BronxWorks and the Workforce Development Department. “I’ve known about BronxWorks for a long time,” he says. “The staff have always been around to help me through whatever stuff I was going through.” Through BronxWorks assistance, he received his security guard and OSHA30 certifications, increasing his employability.

Quincy started attending programs at the BronxWorks Fatherhood Center shortly after his daughter was born to learn how to become not only the best father he can be but also the best co-parent he can be to Soraya’s mother. “After Soraya was born, me and her mother fought a lot. Through the program, I’ve learned that I really need to listen to what the other person is saying without bias. I’ve learned to be less defensive,” he says. As part of the Fatherhood Center, members can regularly attend group sessions with other fathers. He says, “We talk about what we’ve been through, how we were raised, and then discover how that may have led to how I handle certain situations in my life. I’ve been able to take these lessons and share them with Soraya’s mother to strengthen our co-parenting relationship.”

Quincy would love to see programs like the Fatherhood Center grow and encourages other fathers young and old to check out the program. “If you need help with your life and you’re willing to put in the work, BronxWorks is the place to be,” he says. “They take the time with you to connect you with financial information and assistance, therapy, jobs, and all sorts of things. I’ve learned not only how to become a better father but a better person overall.”

The Fatherhood Center also welcomes mothers and parents of all genders.

To support BronxWorks programs helping families like Quincy’s, donate to the BronxWorks Year-End Appeal!

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Meet Kendall and Luis, two BronxWorks participants

BronxWorks After-School Programs Provide New And Exciting Opportunities For Bronx Youth

BronxWorks provides high-quality after-school programs for Bronx youth of all ages, including three programs for middle school students. In addition to providing a safe place to go after school to spend time socializing and completing homework, BronxWorks makes every effort to provide new and exciting opportunities the students may not get in a normal school day.

Kendall B. is a 6th-grade student who attends a BronxWorks after-school program at her middle school. She started coming to BronxWorks this year for the first time. “My friends come here,” she said, “so I wanted to try it out. The staff here are so great. They give us the freedom to have fun but also know how to keep us focused and structured when we need to be.”

Kendall has really loved learning more about cosmetology through the program. “The instructor comes in and teaches us how to do different hairstyles on mannequins. I never get to do this sort of thing in school.”

Kendall also has participated in the Misty Copeland Foundation BE BOLD program, a recent partnership with BronxWorks. BE BOLD teaches basic ballet concepts to students ages 5-12, connecting positive youth development, social emotional learning, movement, music, and culture to make ballet and dance inclusive and accessible to students of different backgrounds. “The dance classes have been great,” Kendall said. “I like being able to stretch out and loosen up after school. School hours are a lot of work so it’s really nice to just relax.”

Kendall (second from left) and other students in the BE BOLD program at BronxWorks.

Luis G. is an 8th-grade student who also attends a BronxWorks after-school program. A friend of his introduced him to the program last year. “When I first came to BronxWorks I was nervous and skeptical,” he says. After getting to know the staff and making some new friends, he now comes every day. “I love coming here to do the different activities we do, and I also get to use some free time to play basketball one-on-one with my friends,” he said.

This year, Luis and his classmates got an opportunity to work with Building Beats, who came to BronxWorks to teach students about music production. “I learned a lot of cool skills with Building Beats. It seems like a cool job,” Luis said.

Students from multiple BronxWorks programs also had an opportunity this year to attend a basketball clinic hosted by the Jr. Knicks, giving students a unique experience to run basketball drills and meet with former New York Knick and NBA legend John Starks for words of encouragement and other lessons.

Luis (second from right) and other students with NBA Legend John Starks at the Jr. Knicks Basketball Clinic at BronxWorks.

Luis said, “The clinic was a pretty special opportunity. We ran a lot of drills that focused on things like shooting mechanics but also how to increase balance. It’s my dream to be an NBA star, like a small forward or point guard, and the clinic was definitely something that happens once in a lifetime.”

To support BronxWorks programs for youth like Kendall and Luis, donate to the BronxWorks Year-End Appeal!

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The BronxWorks 2023 Leadership Council Gift Drive

Hi! We’re the BronxWorks Leadership Council!

We are a group of committed people who bring unique knowledge, connections, and skills to help effectively support the Agency. Once again, we are holding a holiday gift drive supporting middle school- and high school-age students in BronxWorks programs.

All children deserve to celebrate the holidays with fun gifts. During this season of giving, help us spread joy to Bronx children and families in need! You can simply shop on our wishlist. If you buy items off this list, they can be shipped directly to BronxWorks offices where we will distribute them to our participants.

We are looking for donations of new gifts for middle-school age students. This age group is often overlooked this time of year, but they are just as deserving of holiday joy!

Gifts we are looking for include:

  • Amazon and Target gift cards of any denomination
  • Fiction and non-fiction books appropriate for 11-15-year-olds
  • board games
  • trading cards
  • sports equipment like footballs, basketballs, and soccer balls
  • Winter clothes like gloves, hats, scarves, and socks

Items can also be shipped to:

BronxWorks
ATTN: Development
60 E. Tremont Ave.
Bronx, NY 10453

We also will be accepting in-person donations through December 30 at:

The BronxWorks Administrative Office
60 E. Tremont Ave
Bronx, NY 10453
Monday – Friday from 10am-5pm

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Mayor Adams Announces More Than Half of Hardest-to-Reach New Yorkers Have Moved From Street Into Care One Year After Severe Mental Illness Plan Launches

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Meet Anthonia A., a BronxWorks Participant

Anthonia A. uses BronxWorks Saturday programming to get closer to her dream of becoming a full-time nurse.

Anthonia A. is a mother of four who immigrated to New York from Nigeria about six years ago. She escaped “a bad situation” for promise of a better and safer life with more opportunity in the U.S. Anthonia currently works in a nursing home as an aide but is looking to further her career by becoming a nurse. “I want to help people. I can do more at the nursing home and be an actual nurse if I have a GED,” she says.

Like so many other people her age who must work full-time to pay their bills, getting the necessary training to pass the GED test is easier said than done. Anthonia faced multiple barriers, including finding a class that was affordable and available during a time that she could attend. “I looked for a program for more than a year. It was so difficult,” she says.

Her oldest daughter recently graduated nursing school and is about to start her career at a local hospital. While talking with her daughter and her daughter’s friends last year, Anthonia mentioned how she also would like to be a nurse. Her daughter’s friend told Anthonia to check out BronxWorks.

In 2022, BronxWorks launched the Saturday Family Wellness Program. The program aims to support maternal and family well-being through a holistic combination of activities. The program is a collaboration between the BronxWorks Health & Wellness Department, which hosts nutrition classes, exercise classes, and other wellness workshops, and the BronxWorks Workforce Development Department, which provides GED prep classes specifically for adults 25 & over.

Anthonia (right, front) takes notes during a math lesson at a BronxWorks GED Prep class.

The Saturday morning GED prep classes were a lifesaver for Anthonia, who is now very close to obtaining her diploma. “Having these classes is a big relief,” she says. “I don’t think I would be able to get the training to pass my test otherwise.” While Anthonia comes specifically for the adult education classes, she loves the other programming available on Saturday mornings. “I love the wellness classes. I love doing Zumba and I especially love the nutrition classes. I came here for the GED but I learned a whole lot more than just what’s on the test.”

To support BronxWorks programs helping people like Anthonia, donate to the BronxWorks Year-End Appeal!

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Meet Mirna C., a BronxWorks Participant

Mirna C. and her family have loved coming to BronxWorks for years.

Mirna C. came to the U.S. from El Salvador in 2011. She lives in the Concourse Village area of the Bronx with her three children. Her oldest son, Yahir, currently participates in BronxWorks COMPASS After-School program. When he was four years old, Mirna enrolled in the BronxWorks Home Instruction For Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program.

Yahir and a classmate in the HIPPY program in 2017 at the Annual BronxWorks Heritage Day.

HIPPY is a home-based early childhood development and parent education program that gives parents the tools to be their children’s first teachers. A HIPPY parent educator works with each family, visiting their home to provide support and introduce new lessons.

Mirna was pleased with the HIPPY program. “The program was so helpful for my son in getting him prepared for elementary school, and so helpful for me to be able to teach him at home,” she said. She loved the program so much that when her daughters, Brianny and Regina, each reached age 3, she enrolled them in the same program.

“The kids love coming here,” Mirna said. “I keep bringing them back because they have so much fun, they learn a lot, and they feel safe. The after-school program gives my children a place to come and learn so much.” With the launch of the Saturday Family Wellness Program in 2022, Mirna now has a place to spend time with her entire family on the weekends.

Mirna and her daughter Brianny in the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center Pool.

Now that the Community Center pool has reopened, Mirna enrolled her children in swim classes. “My children all want to learn how to swim, and it’s important for them to have that skill,” she said. Yahir is already swimming in the deep end of the pool.

Mirna, who also participates in the BronxWorks Community Food Pantry, feels like BronxWorks is not just a place to go, but a part of her family. “My entire family has learned so much here!” she said. “We would not know what to do if it weren’t for the things BronxWorks provides.”

To support BronxWorks programs helping families like Mirna’s, donate to the BronxWorks Year-End Appeal!

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