Rep. Maloney Wins Major Funding for NYC At-Risk Kids

Jan 6, 2008
Press Release

New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) announced more than $637,000 in federal funding for four aid programs for at-risk New York City kids.  The New York Center for Children was awarded more than $167,000 for its programs for abused children; the 92nd St. Y received $258,500 for its Education Outreach to Underserved Children and Adults Program; Solar One received $164,500 for its Programs for At-Risk Youth; and El Museo del Barrio will get $47,000 in federal funding for its after school programs. 

Funding for the New York Center for Children was initially included in the Labor and Health and Human Services appropriations bill, which passed the House on July 17, 2007; funds for the 92nd Street Y, Solar One, and El Museo del Barrio were contained in the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill, which passed the House on July 26, 2007.  All four awards were included in an omnibus spending measure that was signed into law on December 26, 2007.

“These federal awards will do a world of good for at-risk New York City kids,” said Maloney.  “All of these outstanding programs focus aid on our city’s most vulnerable residents: abused, neglected, or underserved children.  One of the best things the federal government can do is to help already successful organizations further their good work.  The New York Center for Children, the 92nd Street Y, Solar One, and El Museo del Barrio have been integral parts of our community for years.  I’m proud to help give these outstanding programs -and the kids they serve- some much-needed aid from the federal government.”

“This Federal grant is a wonderful testament to the good work done by NYCC staff and the importance of NYCC to the children of New York City.  NYCC is deeply grateful to Rep. Maloney for her support and hard work, and for her commitment to the welfare of children in crisis,” said Michael Caplin, President of the Board of Directors of the New York Center for Children.

“Over the past 4 years, Solar One has developed programs and partnerships that provide valuable education, job training and career opportunities in the emerging "green collar" sector for disadvantaged and at-risk youths.  These programs give students the chance to learn skills that will serve them well as they enter college or the workforce and we are grateful to Congresswoman Maloney for providing support that will allow us to improve and expand these programs in the coming year,” said Christopher Collins, Executive Director of Solar One.

“This grant will further enhance El Museo’s ongoing arts programming to connect New York students with Latino cultural heritage and to foster their creative expression,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Director of El Museo del Barrio.

The New York Center for Children received $167,042 in federal funding for its assessment and treatment programs for abused children and for the Center's training programs on child abuse prevention and awareness.  The New York Center for Children is a non-profit clinic providing comprehensive support and services to abused children and their families free-of-charge.  The Center serves abused children 0-18 years of age from all five boroughs of New York and works to prevent child abuse and neglect through free abuse awareness and prevention training for community members, educators, and health care professionals.

The 92nd St. Y received $258,500 for its Education Outreach Programs for At-Risk Youth and Adults, which provide fully-subsidized literacy, science and performing arts education programs to over 7,500 adult and child public school students annually.  The Y's program will continue to provide in-class and onsite education to economically disadvantaged students throughout New York City.  These programs bring established and internationally recognized scientists, historians, cross-cultural theorists, authors and performing artists to students who would not otherwise have this opportunity. 

Solar One received $164,500 for its Programs for At-Risk Youth, which will help implement and expand the organization’s educational and internship programs for at-risk students in the New York City area.  These programs provide valuable science education while teaching job skills and preparing students for college and their future careers.  Solar One is a solar-powered building located along the East River on Manhattan’s East Side.  Solar One houses NYC’s first Green Energy, Arts, and Education Center, which provides free educational programming for NYC students and residents to learn firsthand about energy conservation in their urban neighborhoods.

El Museo del Barrio was awarded $47,000 for its after school programs, which provide underserved kids with after-school educational programs.  With Latinos currently constituting 39% of New York City's public school students, this federal grant will help meet the need for programs that promote the Latino community's artistic and cultural traditions while addressing its educational needs.