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Friends of the Children NY Fundraiser at Hudson Terrace

New York, NY • October 7, 2010

Live Music, Food, and Fun – all for $50. Drink Specials too! And it’s for a good cause! $50 in advance, $75 at the door. Buy tickets here: A...

Thursday, October 7, 2010 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM EDT

Hudson Terrace
621 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036

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Live Music, Food, and Fun – all for $50. Drink Specials too! And it’s for a good cause! $50 in advance, $75 at the door. Buy tickets here:

About Friends of the Children NY:
Friends of the Children NY is a unique early intervention program dedicated to helping New York City´s most at-risk Children become productive, contributing members of their community. We accomplish this by employing full-time mentors, called Friends, to work one-on-one with these Children, beginning in kindergarten or first grade and maintaining that relationship through high school graduation. Through an extensive six week selection process, we seek out the Children that are most vulnerable to school failure, abuse, neglect, juvenile delinquency, gang and drug involvement, and teen pregnancy. Friends NY gender matches 8 Children with one carefully screened, highly qualified, paid professional mentor, called a Friend. Friends spend hours with each Child each week, in and outside of the school setting. There are currently 108 children in the program.

One of our Stories:

Mary joined Friends of the Children NY in June 2009 having just completed her kindergarten year but being retained due to lack of progress. Mary moved to the city with two older siblings to live with her Grandmother after her parents were jailed on drug possession charges. Mary was selectively mute as a result of past trauma in her young life. As her Friend began to work with Mary and her family, it was clear that she needed many additional services. Her Friend, with the support of our Social Worker, managed to expedite an IEP (Individual Education Plan) with her school that resulted in a variety of special services, including speech therapy. We also arranged for both individual and family counseling and for an intervention case manager through three of our collaborative community partners. Under the nurturing guidance of her Friend, Mary began to emerge from the reactive shell of mutism and today chatters away like any 7 year old. This past spring the family lost their housing and we provided the help to maneuver the system and secure temporary housing in a tier 2 shelter. While many of us might consider this a tragic setback, for Mary it was the first time she had ever slept in a bed she didn’t have to share with others. Our Social Worker has now managed to work within the social services system to secure a Section 8 housing placement for Mary, her Mom and her siblings. Thanks to the generosity of one of our donors we were able to secure the household items they needed to make their new home functional. Mary will be attending a charter school next year where she’ll receive the academic attention she needs to catch up with her classmates.

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