The following provides a summary of grants that have been awarded to FSW Programs from the Junior Board’s Youth Enrichment Fund.
Social Enrichment for Children with Autism and Other Social Challenges
To expand and enhance social skills programs for special needs children at our Echo Hills Family Mental Health Clinic in Hastings-on-Hudson.
Theater Trip for Therapeutic Foster Care Families
To provide an opportunity for children in our Therapeutic Foster Care program and their foster parents to attend a theatrical production enabling them to experience creative expression and to spend quality time together.
Adoption Conference for Adoption and Children’s Services Staff
This grant will enable two staff members to attend the Adoptive Parents Committee annual conference in November 2014. The staff members will participate in a panel to discuss the possibility of working with a private agency like FSW to adopt a child in the foster care system.
Zoo and Aquarium Trips for Children with Their Formerly Incarcerated Fathers
To provide two educational/recreational trips (to the Central Park Zoo and the New York Aquarium) for children and parents who are part of the Fathers Count Family Program.
Yoga for Special Needs Preschoolers
Twenty-five students in FSW’s Prime Time program will benefit from a year of weekly yoga classes. The classes are designed to help them self-regulate and remain “steady” throughout the school day, helping them achieve an optimal state for learning.
Enrichment Classes for Children of Incarcerated or Recently Released Fathers
Eight children will receive scholarships to attend enrichment classes with their fathers. These classes offered by the City of Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation including karate, tennis, cooking, crafts, theater and dance..
Playground at Rochambeau School
This grant will go toward designing and building a safe, welcoming playground, with state-of-the-art equipment in partnership with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. The playground will be utilized by 230 Head Start and Universal Pre-K students currently enrolled at FSW’s Rochambeau School site in White Plains. The community at-large will also use the playground.
New Site for Social Stars After-School Respite Program
Seed money will allow FSW to bring its successful Yonkers-based Social Stars Respite Program to youth in Mt. Vernon and New Rochelle.
Acquisition of Car Seats
With the acquisition of car seats, the Early Childhood Respite social worker[s] will be able to transport parents and their young children to various types of community and cultural activities with the goal of making them feel less isolated and more involved in their communities.
Mothers of Bedford Film Screening and Panel Discussion
This grant will allow FSW’s EMERGE program for incarcerated mothers to host a documentary film screening of “Mothers of Bedford.” A panel discussion will follow with the filmmaker, Jennifer McShane and industry professionals. The audience of 200 will be targeted to include employees of DSS, Family Court, and professionals working in children’s mental health. This event will help raise awareness of the challenges of the re-entry process and helping to link mothers with mental health services and support in their communities.
Young Men’s Peer Group and Trip to Empower Leadership Sports & Adventure Center
Following the model of the Young Women’s Peer Group funded by the Junior Board, young men from families suffering from Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED) will meet biweekly with program coordinators to discuss teen issues, reproductive health and substance abuse prevention. The program will culminate with a trip to Zip line Canopy Tour at Empower Leadership Sports & Adventure Center in Middletown, CT.
The Youth Council Mentorship Project
Supported the creation of a mentorship program between Junior and senior members of the Youth Council, which empowers Westchester youth to develop and exercise leadership skills through community service, advocacy, and civic engagement, through a monthly activity that will explore a different youth issue. The planning and implementation of the monthly activities will serve to increase the leadership capacity of both the mentors and the mentees.
Community Residence Residents Explored Washington DC
Fund a trip to Washington D.C. for your 8 residents and 4 staff during the spring of 2012 for a fun filled and educational weekend. The goal is to introduce our residents (8 males) to an educational experience that they otherwise would not have opportunity to be exposed to due to their histories of placement and emotional disturbance.
2 Fields Trips for the Social Stars After School Program
Funded two field trips for the Social Stars, an after school program for children who struggle with serious mental disorders, participants to locations such as Queens hall of science, the Bronx zoo, and the NY Aquarium.
Klondike 9 Fishing Trip
Funded a trip for Community Residence residents to participate in a day fishing trip aboard the Klondike 9 charter boat. The youth will work together, be taught by seasoned fishermen, and have the chance to catch and eat their own fish, an adventure that they’ve never previously been given the opportunity to experience!
Trip to Bounce! Trampoline Sports for Social Stars
Funded a field trip to Bounce! for Social Stars participants, providing a unique physical activity experience through fun workouts and games on trampolines.
Weekend at Camp Ramapo for Respite and Camp Success
This grant, in conjunction with other money, will go towards providing a weekend of education, life skills, and recreation for children in Respite and Camp Success who struggle with Serious Emotional Disorder, through a therapeutic program provided by Ramapo for Children. Respite and Camp Success support families with children struggling with the challenges of Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) and provide a break from the continuous tasks and pressures of caring for them, while also providing the children with therapeutic activities and relationships designed to build self-esteem and develop social skills. The Camp Ramapo weekend will provide these children an outlet from their day-to-day lives in the city and an opportunity to team build with similar children, enhancing their growth and development, outdoors in the country of upstate NY. Afterwards, they hopefully bring back to their community learned coping skills, recognition of positive self-awareness, discovering hidden strengths, and team building.
2 Field Trips for Youth Forum (Transitional Youth Group)
Funded two trips, one to MoMA and one a motivational and team building trip to a Rope and Climbing course for members of the Youth Forum, a program for Transitional Youth ages 16-24 years old who have had varying experiences in different systems for example: mental health, foster care, developmental and physical, juvenile justice/corrections, etc. These trips were positioned as motivational incentives through fun, recreational trips that also teach valuable life skills incorporated in planned activities.
Social Stars Visit the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
Social Stars After School Program for children with severe emotional disturbance (SED) applied for this grant to enjoy a field trip to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum on a day that the children would normally be home from school. The opportunity was designed to help foster healthy peer relationships, socialization and exposure to a new world of magic, heroism, and culture.
Young Women’s Peer Group and Trip to see “Bring It On: The Musical” on Broadway
FSW Repite program applied for a grant to create a Young Women’s Peer Group that met biweekly during Fall 2012 and culminated with a trip to Manhattan to see Bring It On: The Musical on Broadway. As part of the peer group they met with FSW program coordinators to discuss teen issues, reproductive health and substance abuse prevention. An incentive for attendance was a trip to see
“Bring it On: The Musical,” a show with positive messages about race relations, trust and self-acceptance.