This month, the NYCID worked with Staten Island School for Civic Leadership (SISCL) to hold its first College and Career Fair. The event brought over 400 students together with members of the community. This Fair was a part of the NYC Dept. of Education’s College Access for All Initiative, to learn about a number of colleges and career choices.
Students from the SISCL 7th grade class meet with NYCID every two weeks to better prepare them for college and beyond. The College and Career Fair was a part of this. 8th grade students prepared presentations on different colleges and acted as college representatives working to recruit the 7th graders.
Adult professionals from the community also participated in the Fair, discussing their careers and what it takes to get a job in that field. Lawyers, biologists, firefighters, police officers, and more came out to talk to the students about what they might be interested in pursuing as a career.
Thank you to all who supported us in the past and those who will help us, and Staten Island, in the future.
Recently, a graduate of our YABC program contacted us with some great news. After struggling through high school, Ali had joined our YABC (Young Adult Borough Center) program; to get back on the right track and graduate. With the help of NYCID and members of the community; Ali graduated both the YABC and his school.
Ali told us that only 2 years after going through our program and moving on to college; he made the Dean’s List. The College of Staten Island sent him a letter congratulating him on his achievement. In just 2 years Ali went from struggling to graduate; to rising above the rest.
Ali and many of our other graduates from the YABC program have moved on to succeed. With the help of the New York community this Giving Tuesday, we can continue to improve the lives of local kids, teens, and young adults like Ali. The YABC is just one of NYCID’s many programs developed to help better our community and strengthen families within it.
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At the end of August, our Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) students travelled around Staten Island to see exciting and interesting landmarks. The event was a way for students to build friendships and team spirit; as part of the week-long Work Readiness Boot Camp (WRBC). Students travelled in their groups from Tottenville High School, to the Conference House, Fort Wadsworth, the Alice Austen House, and the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor.
Students followed clues and utilized buses to head to the locations. They took selfies with the portrait of Ben Franklin at the Conference House, looked across the water at Manhattan from Fort Wadsworth, collected postcards from the Alice Austen House, and took pictures of the Mastodon at the Staten Island Museum.
The students learned something at each landmark, from the places themselves, as well as from Staten Island Assemblymen Mike Cusick and Matthew Titone; who each gave the students advice for life. Thank you to all who supported the event or participated in it.
NYCID, the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, will hold a graduation ceremony for their Next STEPS program, today, Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm at Oriental Plaza, located at 1845 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314.
Next STEPS: Transformative Mentoring Intervention is a curriculum-based group mentoring intervention that helps at-risk young adults transform the attitudes and behaviors that have led or will lead to violence and/or criminal activity. The target population served by this intervention include at-risk young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who reside in or near targeted NYCHA housing development throughout New York City.
Mentee’s participate in weekly group sessions, held at NYCID offices, that promote empowerment, positive decision making, and coping techniques. They are also connected to various community resources and attend community events.
Earlier this month, on May 14th; the Second Annual Cesar Sanchez Tribute Run was held. He was a runner; football, basketball, baseball, and soccer player; basketball coach; and friend. He also wanted to one day run the New York City Marathon. We all remember Cesar fondly.
Cesar was unfortunately taken from the world in 2014 by a gunshot outside the Berry Houses at the age of 20. Cesar worked with the Under the Lights basketball program at the Berry Houses; and was also a participant in the NYCID programs.
Over 200 runners came out to the FDR Boardwalk to honor his memory; and to stand up against gun violence. The event was held on Cesar’s birthday. He would be 22 this year.
Thank you to all who supported the event or participated in it. It is a great way to honor the memory of a great young man.
The Staten Island Adult Borough Center Hosted a graduation ceremony for fifty students in the Tottenville High School auditorium. SIYABC is a Program of The New York Center of Interpersonal Development. This excellent program offers opportunities to students 17 1/2 years old with a minimum of 17 credits that are in their 5th year of high school. SIYABC helps them to get their diplomas. This program helps students in danger of dropping out a chance to make up their credits and earn a traditional diploma. This is done by providing supportive counseling services, tutoring, career preparation, paid internships and a rigorous academic program backed by an excellent team including Michael De Vito Jr., the program director and Chantel Cabrera, Assistant Director.
The graduates included in this ceremony were:
Kristoffer Birch; Alec Brenker; Brandon Browne; Jen Cacciamani; Lexie Caraballo; Jeremy Casale; Siana Cephus-Best; Etaya Cummings; Christopher Diaz; Taylor Finkel; Rita Gerges; Tonette Gilmore; Bratt Gonzalez; Rosanna Guarnero; Tiffany Ingenito; Brandon Itri; Muhammed Kucukerdogan; Eric Liang; Matthew Licthman; Matthew Lieto; Oritesejolomi Lori-Skin; Victoria Mannino; Brandon Matias; Paul Mazzella; Jessie Milo; Omer Mirzo; Erick Moran; Sean Mulvihill; Ali Muyir; Christopher Odessa; Noelle Padavano; Michael Parbhoo; Savannah Pulice; Savannah Rafferty; Jasmine Renaud; Ashley Rivera; Sophia Rusoff; Alexis Sanabria; Carlos Sanchez; Nico Santana; Karen Santiago; Aferdita Skudrinja; Diamond Smith; Maria Spicer; Ermal Tarelli; Josue Trejo; Begimai Turatova; Aleassia Vitalie; Justin Wilkey.
We are so proud of you!
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NYCID’s Schools Out NYC program at PS 48 has been busy helping the community. In September, the students learned about hunger issues many people in America, and the world, face. The staff and students decided to get involved. After watching some documentaries on hunger and some research, the students began to collect food and clothes for the holidays. PS 48 students and their families collected 18 boxes of food, as well as a large number of clothing bags, and delivered it to Christian Pentecostal Church on December 23, 2015. The students unloaded the food and stocked the pantries during their visit.
NYCID has had a very successful 2015. NYCID’s first Next STEPS (Striving Towards Engagement and Peaceful Solutions) class had its graduation. The School’s Out New York City (SONYC) group helped clean up the area Outside of the 121st precinct. We held our “Amazing Race” for students from the NYCID’s Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) program. The YABC program was honored with EatSmart’s “Charity of the Month” award for August. NYCID, along with a team from the Stop Hunger Now group and students of Staten Island’s I.S./P.S. 48, worked to package over 10,000 meals people in developing countries. Our annual fundraising benefit was held, and was a success. We held the Cesar Sanchez Tribute Run, honoring a YABC graduate who was an outstanding member of the Staten Island community. We work to help over 7,000 members of the community on an annual basis, and every year we strive to make Staten Island a better place for everyone here. We would not be able to do as much as we do without the support of our staff, board, volunteers, and community. Please consider making a donation to help us continue in our efforts and build upon our successes. Click here to donate now.
On September 30th, NYCID’s first Next STEPS (Striving Towards Engagement and Peaceful Solutions) class had its graduation. All 17 of the participants graduated and achieved the goals they set within our curriculum.
Next STEPS: Transformative Mentoring Intervention, sponsored by the New York City Department of Probation, is a curriculum-based group mentoring intervention that helps young adults transform their attitudes and behaviors that have led or will lead to violence or criminal activity. The Mentees all identified goals at the beginning of the program such as finding a job, graduating high school, enrolling and completing GED classes, become eligible for their high school sport team, completing a certification course, and more. All 17 of our graduated achieved the goals they were striving towards.
Congratulations to our first set of graduates from the Next STEPS program!