Posts Tagged ‘Innovation Diploma Plus’

Series of College Tours Inspires Students to Achieve

Monday, August 19th, 2013

By Ben Ros

“I found a college that I will be comfortable attending. The visit to Ithaca College makesme want to continue working harder, and focus on taking more challenging courses in my school. I will definitely start taking my priorities more seriously.”

—Yeury Amarante, HS for Media & Communications

July 22, promptly at 6 a.m., students from HS for Media & Communications and Innovation Diploma Plus (IDP) High School gathered at George Washington High School and departed for a two day tour of Skidmore College, Syracuse University, Ithaca College, and SUNY Cortland. Catholic Charities Alianza Division initially contacted parents about the upstate tour, stressing the importance of higher education as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty.

Alianza is a division of Catholic Charities that provides comprehensive community support through a number of programs spanning from domestic violence assistance to immigrant advocacy — and at a time when the New York Times reports that elite colleges are lagging in their efforts to recruit students from financially challenged backgrounds, Alianza is rising to the challenge.

Students from IDP and HS for Media & Communications have been to Alianza-coordinated college fairs and career days before as part of the program’s larger mission to encourage youth to finish school and think about their future. Seeing the actual campuses, however, they were able to picture themselves going to college in a way that fairs and brochures simply can’t emulate.

“Attending this trip gave me the opportunity to meet new people and to look beyond my expectations. I did not think that college was for me, but now I know that I have the potential to enroll in college and major in my area of interest, which is music.”

— Steven Arias, Innovation Diploma HS.

For more information on the good work that Alianza does visit their website alianzaonline.org.

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.

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Congratulations Alianza Class of 2013. You Did It!

Monday, February 4th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan served as keynote speaker at the mid-year graduation of 15 students who received full academic Regents diplomas on January 31, 2013 at Innovation Diploma Plus (IDP.)  This small school devoted to second chances helps teenagers who dropped out of high school, then returned and struggled to receive full academic diplomas.

“I basically grew up here in this school,” said graduate Carlos Guilbe.  “I wouldn’t have done it if it weren’t for the students and staff of IDP and Alianza LTW that motivated me to make it.”

The program’s classrooms, pairing small class size with technological innovations, sit on the top floor of the Louis K. Brandeis campus on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

“We’ve been  working with these young people for the past two years to make sure they pass and finally graduate from high school and personally, professionally and academically get their lives on track,” says Eddie Silverio, Alianza’s director of youth programs.  “To see them get their diplomas is a beautiful experience.”

Catholic Charities’ Alianza Division partners with youth, families and public and private institutions to revitalize economically distressed neighborhoods.  Its mission is to help children, youth and families break the cycle of poverty and fulfill their potential as members of the global community.

“We are filled with excitement seeing how each one of our young adults has accomplished a great milestone, high school graduation,” said Alianza LTW Director Daiana Castillo.” “Congratualtions Class of 2013!  You did it!”

More News from Alianza

Alianza has been able to multiply opportunities it provides the children it serves.  Thanks to coordination with Catholic Charities CYO programs, Alianza’s Young Men Initiative program brought 11 teens to the Fordham vs. University of Rhode Island basketball game held last month on the Fordham campus.

The trip proved so popular that it is now slated to be the first of many trips to the university campus.

“Our students didn’t realize that there was a school that big and beautiful in the Bronx,” Mr. Silverio added.  “Our trip gave them another incentive to work hard and keep their grades up so that they can go to a school like Fordham.”