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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 25, 2021
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JP O’Hare or Jeanne Beattie

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Community and Faith-Based Organizations to Receive Over $1 Million in Federal Education COVID Response Funding

Funding to be Directed to Communities Most Adversely Affected by Coronavirus Pandemic

Community and faith-based organizations across New York state will receive over $1 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) funds to provide services and supports for students and families adversely affected by the pandemic, Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced today. The State Education Department’s Community Schools Technical Assistance Centers will provide the grants to 47 entities.

“As the pandemic raged in New York, we saw our historically most marginalized communities bear the brunt of the impact,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr.  “Working with community and faith-based organizations in those areas, resources will now be available to the children and families that need them.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected New York’s students, who have suffered from social isolation, experienced personal and community loss of connection, witnessed ongoing civil unrest, faced economic hardship, and for many, lost loved ones,” said Commissioner Rosa.  “By working with our community and faith-based partners in the neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic, we are making strides in supporting and helping children in these communities.”

The New York State Education Department previously used CARES Act funding to amend two existing contracts with the Community Schools Technical Assistance Centers (CSTACs) at Fordham University and the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF SUNY) at Binghamton University to expand their scope of work. The amended contracts allow the CSTACs to partner with community and faith-based organizations, as well as school districts, to leverage the resources and experience of community-based partners to address the needs children and families most adversely impacted by Coronavirus.

The grant awards range from $10,000 to $25,000. Not-for-profit and faith-based  organizations were eligible to apply for funding. The regions eligible for program support were identified based on economic disadvantage and the adverse impacts of the coronavirus.  The partnership awards will be disseminated to organizations providing support to children and their families in the following areas:

  • Social Emotional Learning and/or Mental Health services;
  • Academic enrichment;
  • Digital literacy for students and families; and
  • Family services

The program expands the variety of services already provided through the CSTACs, which helps to meet the goal of increasing statewide capacity to support effective Community School strategies.  The CSTACs continue to serve all of New York State through consultation, training, and support to school districts and community providers in three regions: the Central-Western CSTAC led by Binghamton University; the Eastern CSTAC led by Rockland 21C; and the New York City CSTAC led by Fordham University.

Please visit the NYS CSTACs website for more information about the program and free CSTAC services available all New York State schools.

Grants will be awarded to:

New York State Cares for Communities Partnership Awards
Awardee Region Served Counties/Boroughs Served Service Categories Award

A House on Beekman

New York City

Bronx

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Family Services

$21,500

Albany Community Action Partnership

Hudson Valley

Albany

Family Services

$25,000

Astor Services for Children & Families

New York City

Bronx

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Family Services

$20,000

Autism Society Habilitation Organization, Inc. (ASHO)

New York City

Queens

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Digital Literacy

$25,000

Barbershop Books, Inc.

New York City

Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Richmond (Staten Island)

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$25,000

Berea Scholars Inc.

New York City

Kings (Brooklyn)

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Digital Literacy, Family Services

$25,000

Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth

Hudson Valley

Dutchess

Family Services

$24,875

BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc.

Western New York

Erie

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$25,000

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

Central New York

Onondaga

Digital Literacy

$25,000

Center for Community Alternatives

Central New York

Onondaga

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$25,000

Center For Family Life and Recovery

Central New York

Oneida

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Digital Literacy, Family Services

$18,377

Central Family Life Center, Inc.

New York City

Richmond (Staten Island)

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Digital Literacy, Family Services

$24,561

Community Action of Orleans & Genesee, Inc.

Western New York

Orleans

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Digital Literacy

$25,000

Community Mediation Services, Inc. (CMS)

New York City

Queens

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$11,262

Contact Community Services

Central New York

Onondaga

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Family Services

$23,260

Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County

Central New York

Madison, Oneida

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$19,555

Educational Alliance

New York City

New York (Manhattan)

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$18,100

Empowered Pathways

Central New York

Madison, Oneida

 

$16,310

Family Help Center

Western New York

Erie, Niagara

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Family Services

$20,000

Food 4 Ur Soul International Kitchen Mobile Soup Kitchen and Pantry, Inc.

Long Island

Suffolk

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Digital Literacy, Family Services

$25,000

FORESTDALE, INC.

New York City

Kings (Brooklyn), Queens

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$25,000

Fresh Youth Initiatives

New York City

New York (Manhattan)

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$25,000

Girl Be Heard

New York City

Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$25,000

Global Kids

New York City

Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island)

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$25,000

Hudson River Housing, Inc.

Hudson Valley

Dutchess

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$10,498

Joe Torre Safe At Home

New York City

Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$25,000

La Fuerza Unida, Inc.

Long Island

Nassau

Academic Enrichment, Family Services

$15,068

Long Island Crisis Center

Long Island

Nassau, Suffolk

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$25,000

Make the Road New York

New York City

Kings (Brooklyn), Queens

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$25,000

New Alternatives for Children, Inc.

New York City

Bronx, New York (Manhattan), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island)

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$17,463

New Directions Youth & Family Services

Western New York

Erie, Niagara, Orleans

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$25,000

NIA Community Services Network, Inc.

New York City

Kings (Brooklyn)

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$25,000

SPEAKHIRE

New York City

Bronx, Queens, Richmond (Staten Island)

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Digital Literacy

$17,463

Student Advocacy, Inc.

Hudson Valley

Westchester

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Family Services

$24,314

The Arthur Project

New York City

Bronx

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services

$23,926

The Auditory Oral School of New York

New York City

Kings (Brooklyn)

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Family Services

$25,000

The Bowery Mission

New York City

Bronx

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Digital Literacy

$15,744

The Opening Word Program, Inc.

Long Island

Suffolk

Family Services

$25,000

The Reading League

Central New York

Oneida, Onondaga

Academic Enrichment

$25,000

The Urban League of Rochester, N.Y., Inc.

Western New York

Monroe

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Digital Literacy, Family Services

$25,000

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, Inc.

Hudson Valley

Dutchess, Orange

Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Family Services

$25,000

Urban Dove

New York City

Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens

Academic Enrichment

$25,000

Villa of Hope

Western New York

Monroe

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Digital Literacy, Family Services

$17,811

Vision of Hope Caregivers Inc.

Long Island

Nassau

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Digital Literacy

$25,000

Washingtonville Housing Alliance

Hudson Valley

Westchester

Academic Enrichment, Digital Literacy

$25,000

Westchester Jewish Community Services, Inc.

Hudson Valley

Westchester

Academic Enrichment, Social Emotional Learning or Mental Health Services, Digital Literacy

$25,000

Young Women’s Christian Association of the City of New York

New York City

Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island)

Academic Enrichment

$25,000

     

Total Awarded:

$1,060,085

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