Reading program with Perth Amboy Fire Department at Harbortown on 7/22

Gardening at the NYRP Children’s Garden on 7/23

Ashley Colon – winner of the John Panagia/HEALTH for Youths College Scholarship – 7/22

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of our $500 award is student Ashley Colon. She successfully completed our college readiness program this week and was rewarded with the scholarship. See pictures below of her work during the week and when we told her she was the award winner. Stay tuned for details on the award ceremony in early August.

HEALTH for Youths-Columbia College/Graduate School/Career Readiness Program Ends 7/22


We can not express how rewarding this program was for our organization. This week-long program ended today. Students were introduced to the following:

– Social Etiquette

– Professional Eriquette

– College Readiness

– College Essay Preparation

– Career Readiness

– Admissions Information at the Undergraduate and Graduate School Level

Our keynote day was Thursday. Huge thank you to the NYPD for bringing students from their Staten Island Youth Police Academy to our week-long college/career readiness program. Day 4 was a huge hit. We spoke to the students about HEALTH for Youths and our programming. We then introduced Dr. Joseph Korevec, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He spoke about the admissions process overall, financial aid and career choices. Then our keynote speaker, Christina Hovestadt, Executive Director of the Rashad Jennings Foundation gave an inspiring presentation about life and following your dreams and aspirations.

Our workshop leaders also included Mrs. Lu Willard and Mrs. Clementine Butts on etiquette, manners and professionalism and several students in Columbia’s SPHSP. Huge thank you also to Columbia Undergraduate Admissions for providing our students with a tour and information session.

We had a surprise for our student Ashley Colon. Students who attended the program were eligible for our $500 college scholarship and we awarded the scholarship to her today. She will receive the check and plaque at a lunch in early August.

Thank you to everyone who made this week possible! We have a focus group July 27th at 9:30am. If you would like to join us please contact

Soccer program please spread the word!


Police Officer Bruce Reynolds Conaming


Pictures from this week

We had a great week at the various gardens, little free libraries and more!


Co-naming ceremony for PO Bruce Reynolds


Upcoming co-naming ceremony – Bruce Reynolds Way


Fun time at Markh Gardens Markham Day on 6/24


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