Chase Awards Far Rock School With $30K
The JP Morgan Chase Foundation announced that it will award The Child Center of NY a $30,000 grant to expand learning opportunities at Far Rockaway’s PS/IS 43. The money will provide new funds to hire educators who will deliver the highest quality enrichment and academic activities to children during the out-of-school hours.
The school, located on Beach 29 Street, currently serves over 1,200 students, in grades K though 8. The vision is to create a vibrant full-service community school that extends high caliber learning opportunities, not just to students, but to the community at large.
“We’re committed to bringing about positive and sustainable change within our highest need neighborhoods and communities,” said Vinny Mentar, vice president of Global Philanthropies at the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. “We are proud to be part of a partnership that resides in Far Rockaway and directly involves the students, administration and community surrounding PS/IS 43.”
The new award — to be used during the 2011- 2012 school year – is an extension of JP Morgan’s existing partnership with The Child Center. The two organizations have teamed up to create a model program in another Queens community. The goal of the new award is to replicate this success in Far Rockaway.
“JP Morgan Chase is an enlightened and committed supporter of children and our communities,” said Sandra Hagan, executive director of The Child Center of NY. “Government funding for schoolbased programs is being dramatically cut. Yet we must keep children off the streets after school. We must keep them learning and growing during those precious hours so they can have a brighter future.”
The Child Center of NY is already delivering a wide range of services to the Far Rockaway community at PS/IS 43 with a government contract from the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. Between 300 to 450 students are served in an average week with homework help, organized athletics, leadership development programs, dance and art programs among many other activities. However, without additional private funding, the potential of these programs is limited. Funding is slated to support a Saturday Academy focused on supporting students needing extra academic courses and tutorials and will connect students to Child Center’s various weekend programs geared toward social-emotional growth.
The Child Center’s site director, Jacqueline Gutierrez, expressed her joy at the news, as did the school’s interim acting principal, Gary Fairweather. “This will help us meet the academic and socialemotional needs of our school and community.”
Founded in 1953, The Child Center of NY is a leading nonprofit children’s agency that serves 18,000 children each year. Its mission is to help at-risk children and youth succeed in life. The Child Center serves children in four major program areas: early childhood education, mental health counseling, child abuse prevention, and youth development — in 35 languages at over 80 locations in Queens.