Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Charities Alianza Division’

Washington Heights Students Go for the Gold

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Alice Kenny

Teenagers from the streets of Washington Heights grabbed first through sixth prizes in La Plaza Beacon’s Reading for Success Contest. Designed to develop students’ reading comprehension and expand their futures, the prizes tantalized more than a dozen participants, spurring students in this low-income neighborhood to score well on the annual New York State English Language Arts (ELA) exam.

For weeks, participants completed their homework at La Plaza Beacon, part of Catholic Charities’ Alianza Division.

Contest participants then broke into teams of three or four to complete reading and comprehension quizzes and perfect their skills writing essays.

The winner not only scored a top grade on the ELA exam but a restaurant dinner as well. Second-through-sixth place winners celebrated with a pizza party.

La Plaza Beacon teens are now readying for a math contest to prepare them for the upcoming New York State Mathematics Exam later this month.

La Plaza Beacon provides a safe, supervised after-school setting for neighborhood youth. Along with tutoring and homework help, it also offers cultural activities, arts and recreation.

From Bangladesh Factory Fires to Oklahoma Tornadoes, JustLove Tackles the Toughest Topics

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Miss Oklahoma, Anna-Marie Costello, and her sister, Miss Teen Oklahoma

By Alice Kenny

Packing your car for a long summer drive and looking for an inspiring way to stay on top of the news?  From Bangladesh factory fires to Oklahoma tornadoes, JustLove radio tackles the toughest topics.

Listen to our recent episode as the show’s host, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, calls in to Guatemala to speak with Armando Secaira, Program Manager for Catholic Relief Service, about his work preventing child labor abuse.

Learn from Eddie Silverio, Director of Youth Programs at Catholic Charities’ Alianza Division, about hot times, summer in the city and healthy day camp and job opportunities for more than 1,000 Bronx youth.

Find out from Sarah Labowitz, Research Scholar at the NYU Stern School of Business about working conditions and human rights violations at apparel factories including the Rana Plaza complex in Bangladesh where a recent fire stole the lives of more than 1,000 workers.

And check out Miss Oklahoma, Anna-Marie Costello, and her sister, Miss Teen Oklahoma, Caitlin Costello, as they recount close calls with tornadoes back home and how this influenced their passion for charity.

So rev up your car, turn on the AC and tune in to JustLove on The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.

Annual College and Career Day at The High School for Media & Communications

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

On Wednesday, March 13th, Catholic Charities Alianza Division sponsored the Annual College and Career Day at The High School for Media & Communications to promote higher education among young people in the Washington Heights school community.

Throughout the day, volunteers spoke to classes about their careers and backgrounds and answered questions about their day-to-day work, motivating students to be excited about their education and job prospects and encouraging them to think about their futures.

On Thursday, more volunteers gave career presentations to students at the Innovation Diploma Plus High School Learning to Work program.

What advice would you give to a high school student about preparing for the future?

Washington Heights Teens Stage Their Own Red Carpet Event

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

Mimicking Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Daddy Yankee and more, middle school-aged students took charge of their first ever “Red Carpet”  in Washington Heights, an Oscar-inspired event held on February 15 by La Plaza Beacon Afterschool Program.   The students – 90 in total – also directed, worked as stage hands and videotaped the program.

La Plaza Beacon is part of Catholic Charities’ Alianza Division.  During after-school hours, La Plaza Beacon’s  school-based community center transforms a local school into a thriving neighborhood center. It provides a safe, supervised place where youth go for recreation, cultural activities, homework help and tutoring.

“The Red Carpet event was magic,” La Plaza Beacon Director Leonardo Dominguez said.  “We gave them technical support and advise; they learned how to put together a huge event like this by themselves.”

Share Your Job Insights; Help a High School Student Discover a Career

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities Alianza Division is sponsoring Career Days on Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14 to help high school students at its Washington Heights campus discover potential careers.

We would be honored to have you join us on these special days to share your experiences and knowledge to our students.

Choose the day that works best for youor come to both:

The Annual College and Career Day

When:  Wednesday, March 13, 2013, from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Where:  The High School for Media & Communication

Why:  To promote higher education among young people in our Washington Heights school community.

What: Conduct two classroom presentations during second and third period classes. During each presentation, you will have the opportunity to impact young peoples’ lives.

Fun Details:  Breakfast will be served in the conference room between 8:00am-8:45am.

Types of Professions:  We are looking for professionals in the field of Media, Arts, Music, Law, Social Service, Fire fighters, lawyers, etc.

Learn more

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Career Day Presenters at Innovation Diploma Plus

When:  Thursday, March 14, 2013, from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Where:  Innovation Diploma Plus High School Learning to Work program, an in-depth job readiness and career exploration program.

Why:  To share various levels of professions and fields

What:  Volunteers will be expected to discuss their career/field of work for 10 – 15 minutes to a small classroom of students.  Each presenter should be able to stay for three periods.

Fun Details:  The more engaging the presentation, the better. Each classroom is equipped with a smart board and arrangements to use this equipment may be arranged.  Professionals must be comfortable presenting in front of an audience of 15 – 21 year olds.

Types of Professions presented in previous career days:  Personal Trainers, Law Enforcement, Choreography, Radiology, Culinary Arts, etc.

Learn more