Five Things East Harlem

  1. East Harlem: Service is in full-swing here where we have 73 corps members serving in six schools.   Having our 17-24 year old corps members working as mentors, tutors and role models is especially important in this neighborhood; East Harlem is New York’s Community District with the highest number of arrests annually at 14,682.  This year,  City Year New York is excited to be working with students in two elementary schools, two middle schools, and two schools with both elementary and middle school students: PS 112/206, PS 83, MS 45, JHS 13, PS/IS 50, and PS/MS 57.
  2. Almost Famous: PS 83 put on their first whole school BBL (Bringing Books to Life, a City Year program aimed at getting students more excited about reading) putting on a performance of “The Flower of Lirolay.”  The performance was so spectacular that the gym teacher, Mr. Martinez , approached the team after the performance and asked them for autographs!
  3. Celebrating As a School/Corps Family: “Wednesday was a CM’s birthday, and the PS 206 afterschool students were all wishing him a happy birthday. The next day, one of the 4th graders told me she had something to tell me, and when I asked what she needed, she told me ‘I got a cake for Mr. Jon!’ 10 minutes later, her mother came with a cake for all of the students in her afterschool group and the City Year team. Joy!” –Charlotte Twaalfhoven, Team Leader at PS 206/112
  4. Appreciating Everyone: Rachel Mosbacher, team leader at PS/IS 50, coordinated a holiday appreciation event for the entire East Harlem corps at her school with the help of her service partners.  They had so much food that they were able to partake in a meal with the partners and even some families from the community!
  5. Acting Out:

Photo Credit: Michele LaFemina

Photo Credit: Michele LaFemina

At PS 57 City Year corps members run BBL every morning for first and second graders. In these pictures, Corps Member Paul Levitan is leading a group of students in an exciting pantomime activity, which is a creative drama technique where a leader narrates a story and the students “act out” the story. “It was a lot of fun,” says Team Leader Michele LaFemina.

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