Cofounder, former Board Chair and Executive Director, Minerva Chin offered congratulatory greetings to BalaSole Dance Company on their 10th year anniversary event. A Place for Kids partnership with BalaSole Dance Company started 9 years ago when Founder, Executive and Artistic Director Roberto Villanueva reached out to us offering sponsorship of a dance, movement instructor for our low income and immigrant children in our summer program. Bravo to a dance company that recognizes the need for inclusion of all people in dance experiences!
A big thank you to NYU volunteer and certified yoga instructor, Graham Streich for his generous donation of yoga mats, teaching flexibility, balance and to be centered to our children at A Place for Kids @ PS 34. With much appreciation, namaste! 🙏
Thank you to NYU for your continued support of A Place for Kids. It was an amazing reception with NYU President Andy Hamilton, Senior Vice President Lynne Brown, Director of Civic Engagement Bill Pfeiffer and Assistant Director of Civic Engagement Lisa Kail. We wish Bill Pfeiffer all the best as he starts a new journey back home in Chicago. Good to see old friends and meet new ones.
Asian American Youth Center (AAYC), S&P Global- Asian Professionals for Excellence (APEX) and Con Edison's Holiday Party for A Place for Kids!
Minerva Chin, our board chair, (fourth from right) recognized as an "Agent of Change" with Councilmember Margaret Chin and President and CEO of Global Bank Yungman Lee at Asian American for Equality's 40th Anniversary Gala.
Nancy Bruni, our Program Director, discusses education with new immigrant families on Sing Tao Daily.
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Q: What is your relationship to A Place for Kids?
A: “Back in the summer of 1984, a lot of my friends and I were just hanging out. I wanted to do something else. Instead of doing nothing and hanging out on Mott Street I decided to sign up to work in the Summer Youth Employment Program. I was assigned to work for A Place for Kids, but back then it was called Asian Children’s Underground.”
Q: What do you remember about working at A Place for Kids?
A: “I remember I taught the kids English, took class trips, and took them to the park everyday - sometimes Cherry Street Park, Smith Projects’ Park, or Columbus Park. I didn’t work for too long, just in the summer program and then did some office work in the after-school program.”
Q: What did you learn from working in the program?
A: “Back then as a fifteen year old I just looked at it as a job. It kept me busy, off the streets. I had a good time and it was a very positive first job experience. It’s easy for kids to just be hanging out. Kids need to be doing something active and beneficial for themselves and for the community.”
Q: What would you like to share about the program today?
A: “I have a five year old son, Jeremy, and as a parent I understand the importance of having your kids being well taken care of in a good program. My wife, Laura, and I both work. I’m a chef working six days a week and twelve hours a day and my wife, Laura, also works full time. We look forward to seeing Jeremy come home at the end of the day, healthy, happy and you know that it was a good day for him. That’s what A Place for Kids did for those kids back then and has continued to do so for 37 years. You’ve had a big chunk of Chinatown going through the halls. You guys are doing something right.”
Our very own board chair, Minerva Chin, discusses early childhood education with Sing Tao Daily. Read More!
Former A Place for Kids' SYEP worker, chef Christopher Cheung with sous chef son, Jeremy demonstrate the art of ice cream making to our children. Add some sprinkles and chocolate syrup...yummy in our tummies! Thanks Chris and Jeremy!
Special thanks to instructor Xiao Jun Wang from Confucius Institute @Pace University for teaching our students Chinese for the past weeks!
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