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The Children’s Aid Society
Fall 2011
Wagon Road Campers Avoid “Summer Slide”
Kids at Wagon Road Summer Camp learn teamwork and balance on the ropes course.
During the summer, most of us think about vacation, travel and relaxation. But
for many New York City kids, the summer is a time of loneliness, inactivity and
boredom, contributing to learning loss known as “summer slide.” A lack of adult
supervision, outdoor activities, learning opportunities and fun can stifle creativity
and breed feelings of insecurity and despair. Camp experiences are an essential
part of improving education for city youth overall and critical to meeting the social,
emotional and intellectual needs of children from low-income households who are
disproportionately affected by ”summer slide.”
At The Children’s Aid Society Wagon Road Camp in Chappaqua, New York, more than
400 campers took part in activities designed to hone social skills, build self-esteem
and refine literacy and learning skills in ways that are fun, safe and engaging.
Supported by an influx of generous contributions from a group of kindhearted
donors, these children benefited from activities like horseback riding, adventure
ropes courses, nature study, swimming instruction, music, dance, drama and more.
“We take advantage of the camp setting to develop a holistic learning environment,”
said Camp Director Vince Canziani. “The camp programming is varied and designed
to have an impact on every level.”
Creating an environment that’s conducive to positive outcomes starts with diversity.
Campers get to interact with others from a wide range of backgrounds, and it’s the
diversity of Wagon Road that makes experiences so valuable to campers and their
parents. Katherine Loda, a local resident, chose Wagon Road Camp based on the
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Gap through
While many advantaged students can
afford extra help in their scholarly
pursuits like SAT tutors, private
schooling, and summer camps – the
vast majority cannot. Combined with
systemic problems in the public
education system, these disparities
contribute to a growing achievement
gap between the working classes
and the wealthy. While there is
no one solution to this issue,
community charter schools that offer
comprehensive educational, health,
social and family supports can help
level the playing field between rich and
poor, allowing low-income students to
focus on academic excellence and avoid
the pitfalls that can derail a promising
For decades, The Children’s Aid Society,
in partnership with the NYC Department
of Education, has provided wraparound
services through community schools.
Now, CAS will be implementing best
practices codified over many years
when it opens The Children’s Aid
Society Community Charter School
(CAS-CCS) in the Morrisania section of
the South Bronx in August 2012.
CAS-CSS students will receive intensive
case management provided by CAS
life coaches. Life coaches and school
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Donor Spotlight: Associates Council
While most young professionals are concerned about opportunities to expand their professional networks, cultivate new
job opportunities and balance their personal development, a
dedicated group of young professionals, known as the Associate’s Council (AC), is broadening its horizons while applying
its collective talents toward helping children in poverty. Since
1985, the AC has been working diligently to convey the mission
of The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) “through both their words
and deeds.”
“I’ve been doing volunteer work since I was a teenager, so
when I moved to New York I began looking for organizations
I could really connect with,” said Amy Kohn, past president
of the Associate’s Council. “Children’s Aid helps the children
of New York City and by extension all New Yorkers. Children’s
Aid’s innovative programs really improve the educational and
vocational opportunities for all of the city’s youth. I’m proud to
be a part of it and to learn about the research and work being
done in the areas of education and child development.”
In 2010-11, the AC raised more than $20,000 in support of
CAS programs and, through its Speaker’s Forum, helped draw
attention to key issues, like childhood obesity and related
health consequences. In addition, the council has forged
positive relationships with other organizations to produce
events that directly benefit youth in poverty.
“I got involved with the AC in the fall of 2010 through a
friend who had worked with CAS and spoke very highly of
the organization and its leadership. The opportunity to work
AC President Jennifer Gallivan volunteers at the Dunlevy-Milbank site.
with a group that touched the lives of children from infancy
through early adulthood was perfect,” said Jennifer Gallivan,
president of the Associates Council. “My experience thus far
has exposed me to some very dynamic programs, program
directors, staff members and leaders, particularly Rich Buery,
who hit the ground running as CEO in 2009 and who has been
revolutionary as a leader and an inspiration to me.”
In 2011, the AC hopes to exceed its fundraising goal of $20,000
as well as attract a cadre of professionals from legal, business,
social work, media and many other professional backgrounds.
For more information or to become a member of the Associate’s
Council, contact Kat Connelly, Director of Volunteer Services, at
212-381-1173 or [email protected]
Keeping the Promise: CAS’s Inaugural Gala
wonderful mix of children who attend.
At its inaugural gala next month, the
Children’s Aid Society will honor BNY
Mellon, Robert Wolf, Chairman of UBS
Americas, and volunteer Ann Sather.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and
author Ron Suskind will serve as Master
of Ceremony.
The Keeping the Promise gala will
celebrate CAS’s 158-year commitment to
improving the lives of New York’s neediest
children through medical, educational
and recreational programming, while
showcasing the work of corporate and
community leaders who serve as role
models by upholding the CAS promise
through their meaningful contributions.
“Children’s Aid is delighted to honor our
supporters who have worked tirelessly
to realize our shared vision of breaking
the generational cycle of poverty by
providing enriching opportunities for
our most vulnerable children to succeed
Wagon Road, continued
“My children are interacting with others
from different socio-economic, ethnic
and cultural groups, and that’s an
opportunity that they don’t often get in
this area,” said Loda.
Wagon Road Camp provides a safe
haven for social maturation, intellectual
stimulation and healthful development
for all students. Subsequently, campers
emerge more confident and enriched by
new friendships and experiences.
and thrive,” said CAS President and CEO
Richard Buery.
The gala will take place on October 12
at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.
Thanks to the overwhelming support of
donors and friends, the event is already
sold out.
“Riding a horse, negotiating a ropes
course or performing in front of peers
sounds fun, but there is an emotional
component to it that allows children to
test their boundaries and go beyond
their comfort zones,” said Canziani. “And
these are the experiences that stay with
kids for the rest of their lives.”
Take Action: Education Reform
Early Head Start
Promotes School
As part of its continuum of programs
designed to prepare children for
college and productive adulthood,
The Children’s Aid Society’s (CAS)
Early Head Start, Head Start
and Daycare programs promote
school readiness by contributing
to the social and cognitive
development of children in underresourced neighborhoods through
educational, health, nutritional,
social and other services.
Serving more than 600 low-income
children between the ages of 0 – 5,
these programs help ensure that
children are prepared to participate
in advanced learning activities as
they grow older. Starting at the
earliest stage equips children with
the requisite social and academic
skills and ensures that their health
and nutritional needs are met.
Government support for these
programs enables CAS to shape
impressionable children in a way
that prepares them for higher
education and beyond, and it allows
CAS to work with new mothers to
ensure that young children in need
get an equal opportunity to succeed
and thrive. In the current academic
year, a total 678 slots are available
for children in Children’s Aid Early
Head Start, Head Start and Daycare
Lawmakers have some overdue
homework to turn in. The Elementary
and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is
severely outdated, and its much-needed
update deserves as much Congressional
attention as the recent coverage of the
debt ceiling. In rewriting ESEA, a more
comprehensive law is needed that will
support wide-ranging strategies—such
as full-service community schools—and
allocate resources to the children who
need them the most.
The Children’s Aid Society’s goals in education reform parallel those of the
U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, who would like to see a system that
appropriately measures improvements in both student learning and school
progress. Modifications to ESEA should include:
• Increased accountability and transparency
• Increased flexibility to allow for locally determined solutions while
holding school districts, schools and their partners accountable for
achieving results
• Promote investments in successful education solutions
The moment for Congress to give ESEA its long-overdue overhaul is now. Join The
Children’s Aid Society in advocating for the improvement of America’s educational
system by contacting your representatives and New York State Senators Kirsten E.
Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer.
From the CEO, continued
leadership staff will also identify
students’ family and home-based needs
and develop a plan to address those
needs throughout the year. Also, the
CAS-CCS school day and school year
will be longer than a traditional public
school. The extended time allows
for increased learning and creative
exploration, promotes physical activity
and exercise and builds community.
After-school, weekend and holiday
programs will be an integral part of
CAS’s holistic approach to fulfilling the
developmental needs of children at
Parent workshops will be provided
by CAS that will focus on developing
the skills, strategies and supports
to reduce barriers to their children’s
success, and to improve CAS-CCS. CAS
summer camps will be available to
CAS-CCS students and they will have
the opportunity to participate in year-
round programming including a rich arts
programming, summer athletics and
dance camps.
The multi-service support systems of
the CAS Community Charter School
more precisely address the needs of
children in poverty who have no choice
but to grapple with an underfunded
education system that does little to
address barriers to effective learning.
CAS intends to fully realize its vision
of preparing children for self-sufficient
adulthood by providing layered services
proven to be most effective in improving
academic outcomes.
Richard R. Buery, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Client Spotlight: Meet Robert Saunders, Future Entrepreneur
Robert Saunders, 18, of East Harlem,
is a shining example of what a young
person can accomplish if surrounded
by supportive adults, provided
with educational opportunities and
encouraged to pursue a greater
vision for the future. Robert began
his relationship with Children’s Aid 10
years ago when his mother registered
for childcare services at the Dunlevy
Milbank Center. Since then he has
taken part in myriad CAS programs,
each providing him with a unique set
of skills that prepared him for the next
level of his education.
“In the Corporate Workplace Program,
we would meet once per week for
about seven weeks to do workshops on
career readiness and interview skills,”
said Robert. “Then, through the Youth
Empowerment for Success program, we
worked on résumés and talked about job
placement and different professions.”
With an interest in law, Robert, 16
years old at the time, gained valuable
work experience as an intern at the
law firm of Pavia and Harcourt LLP,
where he had an opportunity to apply
his new skills during the summer of
2009. The following year, he continued
to participate in activities at Hope
Leadership Academy, piquing an interest
in accounting and business that set a
clear trajectory toward higher education.
Through the Financial Literacy
Program at Hope’s summer institute,
Robert developed more confidence,
progressing from program participant
to peer leader and trainer. The institute
provided him with a foundation for
responsible money management
including budgeting basics, saving
and goal-setting, understanding
wealth and assets, credit scores and
spending versus investing. It also
offered him opportunities to develop
his presentation and public speaking
abilities. With an interest in business,
he is now focused on becoming an
entrepreneur and developing money
management skills that he says will
benefit him for the rest of his life.
“It’s good to know about money and
to think about ways to save for the
future,” said Robert.
Robert is now working toward a degree
in business administration from
Onondaga Community College and
has hopes of pursing more advanced
degrees in business and marketing.
To see more about Robert go to www.
The Silver Anniversary of
Miracle on Madison Avenue
Join us on Sunday, December 4, as caring New
Yorkers make their holiday gifts go further. Madison
Avenue retailers between 57th and 86th Streets will donate 20 percent of the
day’s sales to The Children’s Aid Society. Visit
for a full list of participating stores.
The Children’s Aid Society
105 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010
Mark M. Edmiston, Chairman
Richard R. Buery, Jr., President and
Chief Executive Officer
William D. Weisberg, Ph.D., Executive Vice
President and Chief Operating Officer
Anthony Ramos, Director of Marketing and
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charity for 11 consecutive years.
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of America.
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