SYEP Applications are now open!

Summer youth employment program applications are now available! #syep #employment

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Recognition for co-founder

Valentine’s Day gifts for children at NYP Hospital

We did it! Huge thank you to PO Belokopitsky and PO Frey of NYPD Transit District 3 for partnering with us to drop off some #valentinesday toys to children at the New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. We also have to thank Sgt. Gavin for brainstorming this project! Big thank you as well to Shannon Meland, MS,CCLS Certified Child Life Specialist Pediatric ICU and CICU and Ashley Gordon, M.S.Ed, CCLS Certified Child Life Specialist General Medicine, Gastroenterology, Transplant who coordinated this effort and will spread good cheer and toys to the children in the hospital. Looking forward to partnering with this program many more times in the future! Please use the link below to find out more about the great work they do! #children #feelbetter #love #instagood #nypd @nyphospital

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Visiting with Ms. Cookie

People often ask us “why Staten Island” or “how did you end up on Staten Island” and if they have time, we tell them the Arnold Adams story. On December 21, 2010 we received an email that started out very simply with “Hi, My name is Arnold Adams and I am the After School Coordinator at Project READY.” Arnold would later tell us he found us just searching the Internet. Project READY was an alternative to detention program #onstatenisland that worked with court involved youth ages 13-15. It was part of the @siyouthjustice @courtinnovation and Arnold wanted to know if we would partner with him on some workshops for the students. We had no Staten Island footprint and had not really started external programs (we were a Little’s year old at the time), but we took a chance on Arnold and never looked back. Forward wind to 2018 and we were talking with one of our favorite Markham Gardens residents the amazing Ms. Cookie who we have known for years and started to tell her the story and she screamed – Arnold is my cousin!!!! We spoke with Arnold yesterday and he is a proud firefighter and member of the @fdny Engine 157 in Port Richmond Staten Island. Looking forward to seeing Arnold again soon and maybe asking him to return the favor and do a workshop for us 7+ years later. Arnold, you are a superstar and we will forever be grateful you found us on the Internet! @cmdebirose @markham_gardens @markham_gardens #fdny #markhamgardens #love #mscookierules #healthforyouths #instagood

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HEALTH for Youths Trip to DC – 2/16

More pictures from the HEALTH for Youths DC trip on 2/16

Stapleton garden – help needed!


Princeton summer journalism program – free!


Wonderful donation from Magdalena Concepts

The amazing Magdalena Santos of @magdalenaconcepts – dear friend to our organization, gave us an incredible gift on Thursday 2/15. 100+ original shirts in various designs for our students! We visited with her in her studio on Thursday and had a chance to catch up and see her latest works! We first met Magdalena at the Gift + Change Pop-up Winter Market at @patagonianyc in 2016 organized by @projectjust and Patagonia. She has always been an amazing supporter and friend and we love her. Thank you Magdalena! Please check out her website: and Instagram @magdalenaconcepts – we will be doing much more with her in 2018 and you will definitely see the students wearing her beautiful shirts in the coming weeks! #magdalenaconcepts #magdalenaconceptsisforthebabies #healthforyouths #shirts #nice #love #brooklyn #projectjust

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HEALTH for Youths Trip to Washington, DC on 2/16