Concerned for their children’s education and safety, parents in Washington Heights set up temporary classrooms in a local church. There, community volunteers conducted classes during the day and provided after-school services.
The initiative proved so successful that at strike’s end, the decision was made to continue after-school programming and weekend workshops specializing in dance, music, and visual arts.
Additionally, on site linguistic and culturally appropriate counseling, referrals to social support services, and trainings in conflict resolution, healthy lifestyles and fitness, healthy eating and food preparation are offered. Within our community centers, the agency has implemented evening and weekend programming designed to provide participants with a safe, engaging outlet.