A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER
Earlier this evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced that students are not expected to report to NYC school buildings until Monday, April 20, 2020.
As a result, our after-school and Spring Recess programming across all of our NYC public school sites will be suspended until Monday, April 20, 2020 as well. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause to your daily life. Our amazing team of site directors will however, be available via phone and email to address any questions or concerns that may arise.
The health and safety of all of our Roads to Success participants continues to be our first priority. We thank you all for your continued support and hope that everyone remains informed and healthy in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City.
Chief Program Officer
As a reminder, it is critical that we all continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures including:
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Get your flu shot—it’s never too late
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.
How to Stay Informed and Fight Bias
Please visit nyc.gov/coronavirus at any time for critical updates, as well as a helpful Coronavirus Fact Sheet (plus translations), available on that page under Additional Resources for 2019 Outbreak.
This page also includes ways to fight stigma and bias around this issue. It’s important we come together as a community and support one another during this time. COVID-19 is not more likely found in any one race or nationality, and we must each model inclusion and actively work to combat bias in our workplaces and communities. There are a lot of things on social media and in the news that are at best not rooted in science and at worst, offensive, demeaning and racist.
We will continue to share updates with our Roads to Success community during this rapidly evolving situation.
This year marked the 4th and final year of our partnership with Youth Inc. and the Celebration Gala. On Thursday, November 13, 2019, Roads to Success (RTS) staff, board members, families and supporters celebrated together at the Grand Hyatt New York alongside ten other nonprofit organizations who are working tirelessly on behalf of New York City Youth.
Thank you to everyone who supported or attended the event. We are deeply grateful for your commitment to building roads for our youth. Special thanks goes to Eliza and Jada who represented RTS on stage and spoke with confidence and grace.
Thank you Youth Inc. for this partnership and everyone who has supported and attended the event through the years. Stay tuned for our new event next year that will continue to celebrate and champion the success of our Future Leaders.
Tragic events in the news this summer have reminded Americans about the dangers of gun violence. The epidemic, according to our Summer Youth, is a reminder of the trauma that has affected far too many American families, including here in NYC.
That's why our SYEP (Summer Youth Employment Program) participants who were hosted at Street Corner Resources of Harlem have developed a performance that they hope will spread a message of "Love, Peace, Safety, Awareness and Acceptance." Because our government has not succeeded in curbing deadly shootings with adequate policy reform, the group decided to use their melange of performance skills - a combination of acting, dance, song, spoken word and rap - to create a piece that focuses on personal choices including whether gun ownership is worth the serious risk that comes along with fatalities from homicides, suicides and accidental death.
The ensemble discussed how their SYEP experience taught them that they could use their summers to gain new skills and passions while also inspiring communities affected by violence to bond together. One participant, Nahshon added "This is my first opportunity acting, but it now feels like a passion for me. And now I realize that everybody's going through their own situations and traumas, but we're not alone."
This SYEP group is only a small portion of Roads to Success Summer Youth, 550 of whom we have placed in paid summer jobs, internships and training programs in fields such as the arts, law, criminal justice, fashion, culinary, retail, education and much more. The program has been made possible by successful fundraising efforts by Roads to Success supporters, all of our SYEP work site partners and the Department of Youth and Community Development.
The ensemble aims to take their piece to local theaters and school assemblies to inspire people of all ages to be conscious and make safe choices when it comes to gun violence, police brutality, bullying, honoring the elderly and more. This August, they had their first performance at PS 166 in Manhattan.