CYNY Zone Update – Harlem

Led by Harlem Zone Director, Scott Edwards, City Year now partners with six elementary schools (PS 112/206, 30, 85, PS/IS 50, CS 133 and PS/MS 57) and runs Young Heroes and City Heroes out of MS 45 and Harlem Renaissance High School respectively. We have partnered with valuable organizations such as the Children’s Aid Society at PS/IS 50 who offer support with our after school programs. “We have been serving in Harlem since City Year New York was founded, the neighborhood knew of our commitment but after opening an office it really cements our place in Harlem, last minute meetings can happen without my teams having to travel to the main office on 22nd street”, said Edwards.

On November 25th, nearly one hundred students, parents, teachers, and school staff gathered at P.S. 112/206 to celebrate the fellowship within their school and the advent of their relationship with City Year. This “first date” includes an evening out for a spaghetti dinner and a movie. This all-school event “Pasta and a Picture” was a success for City Year and first year partners P.S. 112/206. The PS 112/206 team prepared a spaghetti dinner and showed a family friendly movie in the school’s auditorium. Teachers and staff were surprised by the large turnout, setting the bar high for City Year events to come. Three teams also participated in running Common Cents’ Penny Harvest program which raised over 570 lbs (approximately $1,000) during the month long collection period.

The Harlem teams have also run a successful canned food drive as part of Do Something’s “Feed the Need” food drive to collect 1 million pounds of food. This canned food drive collected items from community members who continued to learn about City Year. The events throughout the zone culminated on December 15th when the Harlem teams held the first ever zone open house at SCAN-Laguardia Memorial House on 116th street. The event, designed to share the City Year corps experience within the zone community, drew over 25 current and prospective applicants.

City Year is deepening our impact in the communities we serve. With dedicated staffing and operational resources in our target communities, we are better poised to meet local needs and strengthen relationships.