Daniel Neiditch’s Blog

Preparing Homeless Children to Return to School

NYC Public School kids return to their classrooms on September 8. Generally, back to school time is filled with both sadness of summer coming to an end, and excitement regarding the start of a new chapter and connecting with friends. Yet for some of New York’s most vulnerable groups, those living with extreme poverty, returning to school can be altogether unpleasant because of need. Impoverished children are more likely to battle with the summer slide (a term describing a situation in which children regress during the summer due to a lull in practicing learned skills) and a host of other issues related to their economic [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|

Spotlight on TEAK Fellowship

Half of New York City’s residents live in near poverty, according to a study from 2014. A large percentage of those who find it difficult to get by, are people of color--Asian, African American and Latino groups, whose socioeconomic status is a result of generational gaps in wealth, and unlikely to change without assistance. For this very reason, The TEAK Fellowship was created. For 18 years, TEAK has partnered with caring individuals in New York City to transform the lives of low-income students from a severely limited to a most promising future, through guidance, mentorship and internship programs. Impressively, 100 percent of the organization’s participants [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|

How One NYC Charity Is Helping Homeless Children Heal

As recent as 2013, homelessness among children in the United States reached 2.5 million, making it the largest amount in history and a remarkable 8 percent increase over the previous year. What’s more is that this issue affects one 1 in 30 children, in every city, county and state in the country, and the number grew in over 30 states between 2012 and 2013. As a result, child homelessness has drawn increased attention from policy makers and charities alike, who hope to alleviate the issue. One such charity is the Care for the Homeless, based in New York City.   Initiated in 1984, Care for [...]

By | July 7th, 2016|

Spotlight on the New York Foundling

The New York Foundling is an organization that is dedicated to helping underserved children and families, as well as adults with developmental disabilities. The Sisters of Charity founded this organization in 1869 as a home for abandoned children. This organization works hard to give resources to a variety of people in need. The people they help are in a number of tough situations, whether they are abused children in need of foster homes, young people lost in the juvenile justice system, or young mothers who need help raising their children.   It all started on October 11,1869 when Sister Mary Irene Fitzgibbon, along with two [...]

By | July 7th, 2016|

Spotlight on Coalition for the Homeless

As the oldest non-for-profit advocacy and direct service organization focused on homelessness in the United States, Coalition for the Homeless, has taken part in landmark litigation to protect the rights of homeless people, including the right to shelter and the right to vote. Since 1981 the Coalition for Homeless has worked to help those that are currently homeless and has participated in advocacy work for long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness. They “believe that affordable housing, sufficient food and the change to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society” (coalitionforthehomeless.org). Today, with over 60,000 people sleeping in homeless shelters [...]

By | March 16th, 2016|

Spotlight on Learning Leaders

Learning Leaders, formally the New York City School Volunteer Program, is a nonprofit organization based in New York City that is dedicated to engaging families and communities to support student success. Founded in 1956, the organization runs many family and community engagement programs in order to help New York City’s public school students. Their mission is to “help New York City public school students succeed by training volunteers to provide individualized instructional support and other school-based support, and by empowering parents to foster their children’s education development” (learningleaders.org). Throughout the 2013-2014 school year, Learning Leaders had over 4,000 volunteers working with 180,000 students through partnerships [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|