Thanks to Broadway Education Alliance, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, LYFE took student mothers from 6 sites, throughout the 5 boroughs of NYC, with the highest attendance year to date, and student-parent graduates to see the all-women production, Eclipsed on Broadway for free! This opportunity was made possible by the 10,000 Girls Campaign, a New York City-based community outreach and education program whose goal is to promote cultural literacy and personal empowerment by enabling thousands of girls from the Tri-State, ages 16-24, who would not otherwise have an opportunity to see a live production on Broadway.
Eclipsed is based on the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. This landmark production is directed by South African-born Liesl Tommy and stars the Academy Award®-winner Lupita Nyong’o and is the first show on Broadway to be written, directed, and performed entirely by female artists. How inspirational!
LYFE is so proud of our student parents’ commitment to outstanding attendance, and we were so grateful for the opportunity to reward the following sites with a trip to Broadway this school year!
- William Howard Taft Educational Campus
- Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus
- Louis D. Brandeis High School
- Far Rockaway Educational Campus
- Port Richmond High School
- Harlem Renaissance High School
Stay tuned in May to see which sites will get a chance to win a trip to Broadway for having the highest improvement in attendance for School Year 15-16! Check out photos from LYFE’s Eclipsed experience below! #IhaveEclipsed #TENTHOUSANDGIRLS #LYFENYC
To encourage healthy habits, Carla Finney Pratt, LYFE social worker at High School of Environmental Studies, with the support of LYFE student parents, developed a Health and Wellness Fair for all students at the school in which her LYFE site is located! On March 18, 2016, Ms. Pratt and the LYFE student parents at the site, hosted their first annual “Health and Wellness Fair” at Independence High School. There were a variety of external community-based partners who facilitated workshops on topics, such as HIV, Asthma, Substance & Alcohol Abuse, Sex, Physical Education, Mental Health, CPR, Fire Safety, The Art of Dating: Healthy Relationships, and “I Matter.” In addition to testing and screenings provided by Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center, FDNY, and Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, there were several other organizations who tabled and presented at the fair. This collaboration truly exemplifies LYFE’s commitment to ensuring a supportive environment that addresses the needs of LYFE families.
LYFE participated in the second Children’s Cabinet NYC Baby Shower. The successful event was held at Harlem Children’s Zone and tailored specifically for dads. New and expecting dads, of all ages, from throughout the city, received information on city services and employment opportunities. Dads were inspired by the powerful remarks of keynote speaker, Rev. Alfonso Wyatt, and their babies were engrossed in the story time with The First Lady of NYC, Chirlane McCray. For a list of upcoming NYC Baby Showers, visit: https://a002-oom03.nyc.gov/IRM/EventRegistration/RegForm.aspx?eventGuid=4bf23a3c-aeb4-486c-9aad-0676bf56bbaa
Take a look at what happened at LYFE in February:
Black History Month
LYFE sites celebrated important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora.
1st 100 Days of School
LYFE sites celebrated the growth and development of LYFE infants and toddlers and highlighted student- parent success during the First 100 days of school.