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A Week in the Life with the Prospect Lions

For the Prospect Lions, every afternoon boasts the perfect blend of consistency and novelty. Weekly afterschool classes in dance, nutrition, and yoga help build off of prior lessons and form a sense of stability for students. Monthly or bi-monthly lessons in topics like health, financial literacy, and college preparation likewise form a key

2019-12-04T11:29:56-05:00December 4th, 2019|

Lufthansa Helps Young Minds Take Flight at Saratoga

A group of volunteers from Lufthansa embodied the spirit of corporate social responsibility during a visit to Saratoga Afterschool. Employees from the international airline spent the afternoon teaching students about aviation and global cultures. Saratoga Family Residence is located close to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Therefore, Saratoga Afterschool provided the perfect landing

2019-12-03T15:47:38-05:00December 3rd, 2019|

Parents ‘Celebrate Their Greatness’ at Williamsbridge

On November 21, Williamsbridge Family Services held a 'Celebrate Your Greatness' event for parents. The event featured interview tips, professional makeup artists, and a barber. Parents also participated in self-care workshops and received professionally shot LinkedIn photos. Family Services staff, volunteers, and partners at Red Lips for Change and That Suits You facilitated the event.

2019-12-02T15:58:08-05:00December 2nd, 2019|

Finding Support, Stability & Community: One Mother’s Story

Originally from New Jersey, Shallaya discovered she was pregnant while living at a single women’s shelter in Harlem. “I’m new to New York, so I wasn’t sure how to do things,” she explained. “So I had to start from scratch.” After entering Prospect Family Residence in 2018, Shallaya, then 23 and pregnant with

2019-12-05T11:14:12-05:00November 28th, 2019|

Spotlight On: Shawn Thorns

Every summer, Shawn Thorns, Director of Camp Wakonda, tells his counselors the story of one of his former campers, Brandon, who participated in HFH Summer Camps during Thorns's first year as a General Counselor in 2005. "He had behavioral issues," Thorns said of Brandon, then eight-years-old. "They wanted to send him home, but

2019-08-12T10:59:02-05:00August 12th, 2019|

Student Volunteers Lend a Helping Hand to Mural Project at Saratoga

On one sunny Saturday morning, two professors and a group of freshmen from St. John's University gathered at Saratoga Family Residence, armed with brushes, rollers, and buckets of brightly colored paints. They were there to complete a mural project they'd begun work on several weeks earlier in the facility's parking lot. The mural

2019-08-05T15:54:20-05:00August 5th, 2019|