In partnership with the NYC Department of Education, the New York Center for Interpersonal Development’s Staten Island Young Adult Borough Center, located at Tottenville High School, offers students in danger of dropping out a chance to make up their credits and earn a traditional high school diploma by providing them with a rigorous academic program, tutoring, supportive counseling services, career preparation training and paid internships.

    If it was not for the leadership and support demonstrated by local businesses and organizations in our community, much needed internships would not be available to our students. The skills and experiences they are afforded through these internships are tremendously helpful in preparing them for a career.

    We are so thankful to the following businesses for placing our interns and helping these young people create a solid future for themselves. Thank you:

    Allstate Insurance, Annadale Veterinary Clinic, the Art Lab, Ashley Taylor’s Salon, Better Biz Works, LLC, Bonne Jolie Salon, Buz-z-zy B Daycare, Center for Animal Care & Control, Children of the Kingdom #1, Children of the Kingdom #2, Claire properties, Clove Lakes Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, College of Staten Island Financial Aid, Community Health Action of Staten Island Food Pantry, SI Community Television, Cut & Dry, LTD;

    DEP Bluebelt Project, Dream on Productions, Inc., Fine Art Fotos, Full Focus Boxing, FYI investigations, HomeBase (Camba Legal Services), Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Meals on Wheels of Staten Island, Millenium Travel, Momdoulary, Mrs. Paul’s Happy Home #1, Mrs. Paula’s Happy Home #2, New York Cares, Northfield Community Local Development Corporation, NYC Business Group, NYC Business Solutions, NYS Department of Labor, Office of Children & Family Services;

    Persons Center Care Service, the Pool Therapist, Precious Lambs Childcare, PS 21 Afterschool program, PS 30 Afterschool program, PS 48 Afterschool program, Real Medicine for Real People, RGM Signs, Serenity Hair Studio, The Sign Guy, Sound Explosion, Staten Island Board of Realtors, Staten Island Children’s Museum, Staten Island Zoo Education Department, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Tots R Us Day Care, Universal Temple of the Arts, Wonderworld Day Care, Workforce 1 Career Center, World Cares Center, YABC CBO Office.
     [The writer is Executive Director, New York Center for Interpersonal Development.  *From Staten Island Advance February 24, 2014 By Letters to the editor/Staten Island Advance*