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Legacy to Host Fundraiser to Save NYC After School Programs

July 4, 2010
Lately it seems that the budget crisis is getting worse; last week Mayor Bloomberg announced plans to close hundreds of After School Programs. Yesterday, after the released 2011 budget, it became evident that that number will rise to 2,000 programs terminated.

It doesn’t stop there; schools who wish to have programs for their students cannot afford programs due to their own budget constraints. Every day the School Outreach staff at Legacy comes across this issue. Most recently at a meeting at PS 129, Legacy CEO, Edison A. Bardowell and Naquan Bryant, associate for school outreach realized that this is reality in most schools. PS129 a school located in Harlem, received lots of assistance from City Year and other programs last year through the funding boost from President Obama’s reinvestment grant but this year those funds are gone.

“This school needs programs for its students but they just don’t have the money, we must come up with a way to pull together resources to make it happen” Edison said. For years after school programs have been resource used by hundreds of students. These programs allow kids to experience new things, expand their minds, develop skills of all sorts and stay on track for their futures. ” It is becoming evident year after year that this budget crisis isn’t improving, and this kids are losing out all over New York City”. Edison said.

The looming cuts and dismantling of these programs will cause disruption to essential activities that bring extended learning, homework help and cultural experiences to our youth. Furthermore, after school programs allow children to stay in a positive environment rather than getting into trouble.

The vast majority of kids who participate in these programs are from families unable to afford private afterschool programs or babysitters. Should these programs be terminated, the Legacy organization is lobbying for additional funds from the Bloomberg administration. Rather than waiting to hear the inevitable the Legacy organization is being proactive by hosting its first after -school Program fundraiser this July 8th at SideBar NYC. Now is the time to show your support for a great organization that is tackling the issues affecting all our youth of New York City, lack of arts and education enrichment programs.

Legacy provides: Drum & Bugle Corps, Dance, Stepping, Tutoring, Gym Time, Drumming, Chess, and DJ Academy programs just to name a few, to NYC Schools and its students. We are one of the most innovative organizations providing new programs to stimulate and increase the artistic and education level of youth.

Admission: $15 Cover

ALL proceeds go to fund after school programs affected by budget cuts in NYC Schools. Daily we see the schools and the students affected immediately by budget cuts and program cuts due to the economy. We at Legacy feel that we should not let that halt fun, educational and enriching programs for our next generation.
Come and support Legacy Youth Organization as we raise money to keep our programs running into the new school year.

Location: SIDE BAR 120 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003

After a long hard day’s work, come out to SIDE BAR and invite your friends! We have great drink specials set up exclusively for the Legacy Fundraiser:
$3 Bud Light Drafts
2 for 1:
Vision Cocktails
Don Q Mojitos
901 Margaritas

Come out to support after school programs! Laugh, drink, and learn about how you can help by joining the Friends of Legacy community. Can’t make it? You can make a difference in the lives of thousands of youth, by making a donation to Legacy for just $25.00. We need supporters who share our vision and commitment to providing quality after- school, and performing arts programs to all youth, regardless of economic background.

Donate $25.00 today by visiting: http://legacyyouthcorp.org/donate.html.

The Legacy Corporation and its subsidiaries is a 501 (c)-3 Not for Profit Organization.

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Legacy to Host Fundraiser to Save NYC After School Programs

June 26, 2010

Lately it seems that the budget crisis is getting worse; last week Mayor Bloomberg announced plans to close hundreds of After School Programs. Yesterday, after the released 2011 budget, it became evident that that number will rise to 2,000 programs terminated.

It doesn’t stop there; schools who wish to have programs for their students cannot afford programs due to their own budget constraints. Every day the School Outreach staff at Legacy comes across this issue. Most recently at a meeting at PS 129, Legacy CEO, Edison A. Bardowell and Naquan Bryant, associate for school outreach realized that this is reality in most schools. PS129 a school located in Harlem, received lots of assistance from City Year and other programs last year through the funding boost from President Obama’s reinvestment grant but this year those funds are gone.

“This school needs programs for its students but they just don’t have the money, we must come up with a way to pull together resources to make it happen” Edison said. For years after school programs have been resource used by hundreds of students. These programs allow kids to experience new things, expand their minds, develop skills of all sorts and stay on track for their futures. ” It is becoming evident year after year that this budget crisis isn’t improving, and this kids are losing out all over New York City”. Edison said.

The looming cuts and dismantling of these programs will cause disruption to essential activities that bring extended learning, homework help and cultural experiences to our youth. Furthermore, after school programs allow children to stay in a positive environment rather than getting into trouble.

The vast majority of kids who participate in these programs are from families unable to afford private afterschool programs or babysitters. Should these programs be terminated, the Legacy organization is lobbying for additional funds from the Bloomberg administration. Rather than waiting to hear the inevitable the Legacy organization is being proactive by hosting its first after -school Program fundraiser this July 8th at SideBar NYC. Now is the time to show your support for a great organization that is tackling the issues affecting all our youth of New York City, lack of arts and education enrichment programs.

Legacy provides: Drum & Bugle Corps, Dance, Stepping, Tutoring, Gym Time, Drumming, Chess, and DJ Academy programs just to name a few, to NYC Schools and its students. We are one of the most innovative organizations providing new programs to stimulate and increase the artistic and education level of youth.

Admission: $15 Cover

ALL proceeds go to fund after school programs affected by budget cuts in NYC Schools. Daily we see the schools and the students affected immediately by budget cuts and program cuts due to the economy. We at Legacy feel that we should not let that halt fun, educational and enriching programs for our next generation.
Come and support Legacy Youth Organization as we raise money to keep our programs running into the new school year.

Location: SIDE BAR 120 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003

After a long hard day’s work, come out to SIDE BAR and invite your friends! We have great drink specials set up exclusively for the Legacy Fundraiser:
$3 Bud Light Drafts
2 for 1:
Vision Cocktails
Don Q Mojitos
901 Margaritas

Come out to support after school programs! Laugh, drink, and learn about how you can help by joining the Friends of Legacy community. Can’t make it? You can make a difference in the lives of thousands of youth, by making a donation to Legacy for just $25.00. We need supporters who share our vision and commitment to providing quality after- school, and performing arts programs to all youth, regardless of economic background.

Donate $25.00 today by visiting: http://legacyyouthcorp.org/donate.html.

The Legacy Corporation and its subsidiaries is a 501 (c)-3 Not for Profit Organization.

Legacy Debuts New Math and English Extended Time Program

April 25, 2010

April 23, 2010

New York, NY

Contact Information: press@legacyyouthcorp.org

Mighty Scholars

Legacy Youth Organization is happy to announce Mighty Scholars. Mighty Scholars is a new, exciting program perfect for after school and extended learning time for student’s grades 1-3.  

Mighty Scholars has been specifically designed to give students the opportunity to increase their math and English skills with fun, hands on instruction by qualified instructors.

Every program is facilitated by a certified teacher and one education skills associate. Since our Mighty Scholars runs after school there are no transportation costs.  Each child simply receives exceptional homework help in math and english supporting day instruction for retention and strong scores for ELA Exams right after school.

Each program is one hour and is designed for all students in grades 1 to 3.  

A few of our other after school programs for children grades 1 to 3 are:

  • All-Star Team Sports: Soccer  
  • Chess Masters
  • Fine Arts/ Art Club

Legacy will begin pitching and proposing the Might Scholars programs to schools in New York City and Boston. Founded in 2003, Legacy is dedicated to providing educational, performing arts, developmental and after school programs to youth of inner city communities

Kids love our programs, teachers praise our services, and parents count on our educational support. For more information please visit: www.legacyyouthcorp.org or Bostonafterschool.com

Courts overturn Closing of 19 NYC Schools

April 5, 2010

Legacy Marketing Department

In one of the biggest announcements since the proposed closing of 19 NYC schools, this week the court’s decision dealt a big blow to the city plan to close “underperforming schools”

The decision immediately, derailed the Bloomberg administration and Chancellor Klein’s constant and indifferent plan to close schools.  The education panel vote to close 19 city schools is “null and void,” according to a decision handed down by a state Supreme Court justice this week.

This is a great day for our children and for the parents and teachers who turned out to protest this total disregard for parental and community input.  But in what one would consider not surprising, rather than take the city funds to establish programs and involve community based organizations in improving what is considered underperforming students and schools; the Department of Education (DOE) will pay more attorneys and legal aides to fight the ruling and appeal.

The United Federation of Teachers and over 15 other petitioners filed a lawsuit arguing that the DOE had violated the law that governs school closures. The DOE was handed the decision on March 26 just two days after the deadline for high school students to receive word as to which schools they’ll attend in the fall. Judge Joan Lobis wrote that her decision should not affect the 80,000 students who did not apply to the closing schools.

Judge Lobis acknowledged that the decision would be an “inconvenience for respondents and hardships for students who are awaiting the results of the school matching process.” In total, there are 8,500 students who applied to the closing schools.

Briefly, we spoke with Legacy Corporation CEO, Edison A Bardowell regarding the announcement.

“ What we see here is a continuous cycle of students not getting the services they need to excel. These students need after school and support group programs that work specifically on improving english and math test scores. A greater investment should be made in guidance councilors to reach out to those troubled students who have issues with motivation.”

“As we have seen the DOE close schools in the past, those students in many cases went elsewhere thus overloading other schools. This cycle burdens other schools with issues like attendance, low test scores and behavioral problems. The DOE should focus on schools by making administration changes and become more innovative when they see that the school is getting a low report grade after several years.”

But he acknowledged that although schools in the past have closed “I have seen that some [schools] that were closed and replaced with smaller ones did have a high success rate of graduates, attendance and academic achievement” Although, there has been some success, this does not mean that all education intuitions should simply be closed in a factory assembly line fashion such as this latest attempt.

The DOE immediately had comment regarding the announcement:  A lawyer for the city, Michael Cardozo, said the Department of Education would appeal the decision.

“We are disappointed by today’s ruling, which, unless it is reversed, requires the Department of Education to keep open schools that are failing our children,” Cardozo said. Department of Education officials will be looking at another month of bruising public hearings at each of the schools slated for closure.

Affected schools:

Beach Channel High School
Metropolitan Corporate Academy
Choir Academy of Harlem’s high  
Norman Thomas High School
Global Enterprise High School
School of Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship

Monroe Academy for Business/Law
Frederick Douglas Academy III’s middle school grades
KAPPA II
P.S. 332
Middle School for Academic and Social Excellence
Academy of Collaborative Education

New Day Academy
Christopher Columbus High School
Paul Robeson High School
W.H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education High School
Academy of Environmental Science
Jamaica High School
School for Community Research and Learning

2010-2011 DOE Calendar Released

March 7, 2010

DOE 2010-2011 Calendar Released

 

The New York City Department of Education released the 2010-2011 School year calendar this week. To say the least the new school year will get off to an interesting start. The first day of classes will be on Wednesday, September 9th but will be immediately closed Thursday and Friday for Rosh Hashanah.

This will be certainly be difficult for families as they gear up for the first day and then suddenly have to find someone to take care of the kids on the subsequent days off.  I know for sure some parents will be debating skipping the first day all together to allow a longer vacation. To view the Calendar Click here    

We want to hear from you. Will you be sending your child to school on the first day or will you skip the first week and send your child the following Monday?

Legacy Now Offers New Elementary School Programs in New York City!

January 24, 2010

Starting February, Legacy will begin to offer programs to youth ages 8-12. Gone are the days where we don’t provide fun, educational, and character building programs to young people. This is an exciting development as Legacy has never provided programs for younger children. New Programs added will be Instructional Basketball, and Instructional Dance. What better way to keep kids active with programs such as basketball and dance. This new direction will allow Legacy to partner with Elementary Schools in New York City in need of after school programs such as these. If you are a NYC DOE staff member or parent and want Legacy programs at your school contact us at partners@legacyyouthcorp.org

December 27, 2009

Welcome to the Legacy Youth Blog!

Welcome to the official blog of the Legacy Corporation! Legacy is one of New York City’s largest youth-serving organizations, providing quality after-school, educational, recreational and performing arts programs in city schools. Legacy champions the needs of  and provides the connection of resources necessary to help kids succeed in school and prepare for their future.

Legacy has a history of providing students with safe and cultivating programs to grow. Since 2003, the Legacy has provided critical mentoring, arts, and educational services to more than 2,000 kids. Countless alumni have attributed their success to Legacy for its extensive portfolio of programs that open doors and minds to the possibilities other than settling for less.

This blog will serve as a place to share important information on the trends of education and youth issues in New York City. In addition, this blog will provide information on our programs, partners, teen jobs, issues concerning youth and how you can help make a difference.

For more information about how our programs support New York City Schools and inner city youth, please visit our website at:www.legacyyouthcorp.org