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Youth Development

Improving the quality of life for Latino children and families involves ensuring an education and quality after school care. Our Youth Development programs address absenteeism, child care and social service needs.

 
Drop Out Prevention Program
Our Drop Out Prevention programs are combating the Latino school drop-out epidemic on the front lines at Kingsbridge International High School by providing the following to participating students:
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Academic support
  • Family involvement
  • Attendance Monitoring
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Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program
Offered at Grace Dodge Career & Technical High School in the Bronx, our adolescent pregnancy prevention program was designed to teach students how to make informed decisions that will lead them to a positive and healthy lifestyle from adolescence through adulthood. The program provides:

  • Workshops
  • Individual & Group Counseling
  • Peer Education
  • College, Career, and Recreational Trips
  • Young Men's Accountability Groups
  • Young Women's Empowerment Groups
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After-school Programs
CHCF is dedicated to providing safe and developmentally appropriate after-school care at two school sites in the Bronx, PS/MS 279 and PS 59, for approximately 320 children. The program is conducted on school grounds and provides the following:
  • Homework Assistance
  • Arts in Education
  • Visual Arts
  • Theatrical Play
  • Physical Education
  • Family Literacy
  • Technology Instruction
  • Counseling
  • Community Building
  • Character Education
  • Science
  • Annual Performances
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Responsible Fatherhood Program
CHCF offers the Responsible Fatherhood Program at Grace Dodge Career & Technical High School. Non-married fathers and expectant students are offered "Preparing for Fatherhood" workshops and preparation for the varied responsibilities of parenthood.
A variety of parenting skills workshops are provided to the students. Topics include:
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Positive Discipline
  • Financial Management
  • Job & Career Advancement
  • Conflict Resolution
CHCF also offers workshops that educate the students on the importance of communicating effectively and building self esteem to create fulfilling relationships and reduce conflict.
 
Our program was in the New York Daily News! View the article.
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Healthy Living Programs
Our Healthy Living Programs were designed to combat obesity, a major problem for Latinos, and show families that eating healthy foods and engaging in physical activity can be enjoyable and can fit in their lifestyles. Obesity raises the risk of many serious health complications, including asthma, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, depression, and even cancer.
In the Central Bronx, where the Healthy Living Programs are offered, 60% of adults are overweight or obese (NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene).
 

Healthy Living Summer Program

The Summer 2012 program, funded by Empire BlueCross BlueShield Foundation, combines nutrition, exercise, and stress-relief techniques to equip Latino families with skills and tools they can use to prevent or combat obesity.  Studies show that interventions that involves the whole family and/or community are effective at improving obesity rates. CHCF will offer the following services:

    • Salsa, Sabor, y Salud: A culturally-based curriculum that uses cultural traditions and values to teach healthy lifestyle habits to Latino families.
    • Physical Activity : Children will exercise and play sports each day for two hours.

Thank you, Empire BlueCross BlueShield!

 

Healthy Living School Year Program

This culturally based nutrition and fitness program works with whole families, creating opportunities for families to bond and strengthen relationships, while also creating a shared understanding of nutrition and fitness in the family that will reinforce healthy choices. During the 2010-2011 school year, it was funded by Aetna.

Program features include:

    • Nutrition Instruction: Classroom instruction on nutrition and hands-on lessons for cooking healthy meals.
    • Salsa, Sabor, y Salud: A culturally based curriculum that uses cultural traditions and values to teach healthy lifestyle habits to Latino families. It incorporates games, music, and discussion, and uses cultural values and traditions: traditional foods, use of Latino seasonings, as well as salsa and other traditional Latin dances.
    • Fitness Instruction: Weekly sessions for students to develop individual fitness goals (i.e. weight, strength, flexibility). Students make plans to reach these goals and learn how to measure their progress.
    • Gardening: Sessions of activities in a community garden. Students learn the basics of plant structure, how vegetables and herbs grow, and gardening techniques. Gardening is offered as both a fun way to get exercise as well as a great source of healthy food that can be grown at home.
    • Optional Weight Tracking: Participants have the option to have their weight tracked on a monthly basis in order to see progress.
    • Culmination Event: A celebration at a renowned restaurant in NYC that will provide families with an opportunity to speak with a chef about healthy cooking.
Thank you, Aetna!
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Program Enhancements:
Family Literacy Program
(A component of our after-school programs)
Academic underachievement, stemming from socioeconomic and other factors, prevents many Latino children from realizing the American dream. Parent involvement in a child’s education is crucial for positive outcomes but recent data show that Latino parents are the least involved of all ethnic groups.(1) Family Literacy programs are effective in bringing parents and children together to improve basic skills and instill positive attitudes toward reading and learning.
By incorporating the tradition of oral storytelling into literacy development, parent-student teams in our innovative program work together to write and illustrate their own original storybooks and present them at a variety of public readings.
A study of family literacy programs in several states found that parents who participated took their children to the library twice as often (compared to their pre-program habits). They also purchased or borrowed books for their children 40% more often. In the same study, children in the program asked their parents to read to them 20% more often as well as read books and magazines 40% more often.(2)

Studies have also shown that family literacy programs improve parent-child communication and parent involvement in their children’s education (i.e., talking to teachers, asking children about school, helping with homework, volunteering at school, attending school events).(3)

CHCF offers this enhancement to its after-school programs only when funds are available. To make a donation to support this valuable component of our work with children and families, please click here. Be sure to enter "Family Literacy" under Designation!
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Family Literacy Program Books:

Our Summer Trip to Mexico by Victoria Saldana

Remembering Grandfather by Mercedes Garcia, William and Wilmer Perez

Why I Love My Dad by Crystal Martinez

Christmas with the Montalvo Family by Kelly and Monika Montalvo

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“Abriendo Puertas al Futuro/Opening Doors to the Future”
Our “Abriendo Puertas al Futuro/Opening Doors to the Future” Program provides internship opportunities to the students in our Responsible Fatherhood Program. Providing these young men with an introduction to the world of work offers an opportunity to plan ahead and to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.  The project includes a comprehensive college and work readiness curriculum, and is enriched with life skills workshops designed to develop and encourage the values and behaviors of responsible men.
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Safe Alternatives for Family Enrichment
Safe Alternatives for Family Enrichment (S.A.F.E.) is an enhancement to our after-school program at PS/MS 279.
The purpose of the S.A.F.E. program is to provide the participants of our after-school program at PS/MS 279 with family support services, such as diagnostic assessments, Wrap Around Funds, and individual and group counseling.
We offer students, individual and group counseling, psychosocial assessments and referral/linkage of services. In addition, we offer students and parents:
  • Parent workshops
  • Culturally and educationally enriching experiences for families
  • Linkage/referral to needed services
This program is funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
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Circles of Support/Circulos en Apoyo
These non-traditional mental health support groups were designed to teach participants skills to relieve the effects of depression, anxiety trauma, and stress.
The groups use therapeutic methods that resonate with Latinos who may not be as responsive to traditional talk therapy. Through the use of visualization, massage therapy, aromatherapy, tai chi, meditation, and breathing exercises, participants learn tools they can use outside of the groups during times of stress or to relieve the symptoms of trauma. The groups develop bonds that continue long after the program ends.

   

 


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