College Readiness at Frances Perkins Academy on 2/10

We did college readiness and SAT prep on 2/10 at Frances Perkins Academy. One of the students said he was worried about his grades. We told him he needed to work really hard, do the best he could and we would support him. He said ‘I can’t do anything about my past but I can definitely change my future.’ We agree!image.jpg

Construction of Little Free Library on 2/6 – Staten Island

New Little Free Library in Staten Island!


Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design Launched Work-Based Learning Initiative!!


From: Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design

Contact: Emily Wilson;
Eta Strulowitz;

Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design Launches Work-Based Learning Initiative

BROOKLYN, NY (February 4, 2016) — The Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design (WHSAD) in collaboration with Heritage Equity Partners today announced the launch of a joint work-based learning initiative that will expose students to real-world, 21st-century workplace experiences.

“The nature of the national economy has hurt teenagers the most, denying them opportunities for entry level employment,” said Gill Cornell, Principal of WHSAD. “That ‘first job’ teaches teens vital lessons of independence and self-sustenance, attributes not typically nurtured in the theoretical, intangible and risk-free nature of the classroom. Heritage Equity Partners is filling a vacuum left by our faltering economy, providing my students with a set of valuable experiences not found within the four walls of the average classroom.”

Students will be taking part in a series of programs designed to immerse them in various opportunities in the architecture, construction, and design-related fields. A weekly Speaker Series will bring professionals into the classrooms to present to students about their work and the career opportunities available in these growing fields. The inaugural lecture will be led by Stefani Marazzi and Benjamin Stark of Slater & Beckerman, a New York City law firm with expertise in zoning, land use, construction permitting and municipal law.

Bill Harvey of William Harvey Studios, a Williamsburg-based design firm and consultancy that will also participate in the program, states, “By having professionals share real-world experience, we hope to demystify the world of careers to empower, build confidence and ultimately give WHSAD students a competitive edge in whatever they do after high school.”

Topics covered will include, but are not limited to zoning laws and air rights, digital mapping, product design, and construction management.

Assistant Principal Giovanni D’Amato states, “This partnership between a public institution and a private firm will enrich the education of the students by bringing to life what they are learning in the classroom.”

In addition to the lecture series, small groups of students will enter design competitions to propose plans for assorted office spaces at 25 Kent Avenue currently under construction in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Finally, a group of seniors will shadow professionals at the worksites of the under-construction location.

This tiered and grade level-specific program is designed in partnership with the educators at the school and the professionals at Heritage Equity Partners, a real estate investment and development firm based in Brooklyn. “Mentoring young people offers hands-on experience that can last them a lifetime,” said Toby Moskovits, CEO of Heritage Equity Partners. “Whether they choose to use their CAD skills to pursue a career in architecture, product design, the technology industry or in one of the varied new economy companies in the borough of Brooklyn, by working with successful professionals in these fields we aim to open up a world of opportunity to them.”

Assistant Principal Kim Bruno adds, “This partnership will provide students with real-world exposure, experiences, networks, resources and skills that they need to be successful and competitive in today’s challenging and dynamic work force.”

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Farmer’s Market Training on 2/2

Proud that HEALTH for Youths was selected from among many applicants to participate in a three part farmer’s market training in Manhattan run by Just Food. The first session was yesterday and at the end of the training we will launch a youth farmer’s market in our Staten Island Community Garden. Details to follow.

Reading program this week!

Reading program at the 121st Precinct on 2/15


Little Free Library Construction 2/6


Stopping by Skyline Community Garden in 1/30

Cops and Kids Chess and Checkere



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