Two Queens high school graduates detailed how New York Edge after-school programs helped them develop and improve upon their academic and leadership skills.
The first student, Sofia, is graduating from Veritas Academy in Flushing. She was the vice president of her Student Council and captain of the cheerleading team. She has also been nominated for the Meringoff Scholars Program. She also works to inspire youths by volunteering at the Annual Dream Out Loud Youth Leadership Conference at St. John’s University. Additionally, she was selected to be a student speaker at the Queens District Attorney’s Office’s legislative breakfast. [Read More]
Billie Wright talks with Rachael Gazdick, CEO of New York Edge. New York Edge provides afterschool programs to kids throughout New York City to support education and career readiness. Gazdick explains the importance of science, art, dance, and curriculum support they offer through their programs. She shares more about developing the skills for young writers through their student publishing initiative. Gazdick also talks about the importance of continuing education of the employees of New York Edge and how that impacts children in our city. [Read more]
“Volunteer engagement not only functions as a way for us to meet the different diverse needs of each school and community that we serve, but it helps to deepen the connections between community members, and, for us, public school students and to promote that civic engagement across generations and across life experiences,” Gabby Cadahia, the volunteer engagement manager at New York Edge, said. “We really have a chance to uplift our communities and repair some of the social fabric that was damaged during the pandemic.” [Read More]
Students in our program gathered at M.S. 382 K – Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration in Flatbush to make small floral arrangements from flowers provided by BloomAgainBklyn.
All the flowers are slightly used, picked up from wedding venues, caterers, the Botanical Gardens or florists who no longer need them. The student bouquets are then delivered to homebound people, nursing home patients or survivors of domestic violence. [Read More]
New York Edge launched its third season of Formative, a podcast co-hosted by middle school students.
As part of the podcast, nine middle school students interview various leaders from fields ranging from business, arts, and media. The students researched each guest’s background, developed questions, and conducted the interviews. Each of the 10, 30-minute episodes begins with an introduction by New York Edge CEO Rachael Gazdick, followed by the student-led interview in which Formative guests reflect on their childhoods, career paths, and how they have overcome challenges both personally and professionally.
“We are proud to launch the next season of Formative and continue this important initiative that provides our students with the opportunity to build their confidence, gain fresh perspectives from diverse leaders, and visualize themselves in their dream field,” said Rachael Gazdick, CEO of New York Edge. “We are grateful to Macy’s for their generous support as our lead sponsor, and to our incredible guests for inspiring these students. We encourage everyone to tune in and hear the insightful conversations between our young people and these leaders.”
The new season is sponsored by Macy’s. Formative season three launches on March 14, and will be streaming on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and Audible, among other platforms each week. This season features guests including Senior Director of DEI Marketing & Community Partnerships at Macy’s Simone Harris-Laws; former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Suzan G. Levine; Robinhood CEO Richard Buery Jr.; Emmy-Award winning WNBC sports anchor John Chandler; entrepreneur, musician and clothier Amaurys Grullon; President of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) Patricia Vance; Broadway costumer and Broadway Bears designer Islah Abdul-Rahim; Executive Director of Chocobar Cortés Carlos Cortés; Host of Entrepreneur.com’s How Success Happens Podcast Robert Tuchman; and children’s author Chrystal Giles.
To listen to Formative, please visit: newyorkedge.org/formative
A group of fifth grade students from P.S. 193Q in Whitestone were recognized for their storytelling and promoting positive self-image in an Instagram reel they created and starred in as part of the New York Edge after-school program. Their reel debuted at New York Edge’s #GetReel Film Festival in February at the Museum of the Moving Image. [read more]
By Drs. Lisa Moreno, Steve Materetsky, Saurabh Bahl, and Camille Pearte, Fidelis Care Medical Directors
As winter approaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning of an increase in respiratory infections, especially in children.
Respiratory infections are expected to soar this winter after two years of declines that can be linked to the COVID-19 practices of social distancing, masking, and remote schooling that occurred in 2020 and 2021.
Earlier increases of certain respiratory infections have already been seen this year, according to the CDC. There are three viruses to be on alert for this winter: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Influenza (“the flu”), and COVID. This has led to the term, the “Triple-demic.”
RSV is a virus that peaks in winter and affects people of all ages. In smaller children and infants, RSV leads to swelling of the small airways of the lungs, causing a condition called bronchiolitis. This viral infection can cause severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing and a fever. In adults, RSV is usually just a cold.
There is a medication available to prevent severe illness with RSV. This medication is an injection called Synagis. This injection is NOT a vaccine. It is a medication that consists of antibodies (cells that fight infection) that only attack the RSV virus. However, this option is only available for infants with certain conditions such as infants born prematurely (born extremely early before their expected delivery date), infants born with heart disease, or infants with severe lung disease.
There is no specific treatment for RSV bronchiolitis, but there is supportive care. These measures include ensuring that the sick child is nursing or drinking fluids, giving fever-reducing medications when needed, and, in more severe cases, getting oxygen in a hospital setting. The best way to prevent children from getting RSV is frequent handwashing for adults and children, especially around infants. If you have a premature baby, consult your doctor to determine if Synagis is necessary.
Influenza virus (“the flu”) is another respiratory virus that peaks during winter. As with RSV, there has been an increase in cases earlier than is typically seen in the fall, largely due to communities returning to pre-pandemic practices. The best way to prevent the flu is to get an annual flu shot.
The COVID virus is also known to rise in winter months as people spend more time indoors. In addition, a rise in COVID is expected because of new variations of the virus, and a decrease in social distancing and masking.
The best ways to prevent flu and COVID infections are:
∙ Getting vaccinated can help protect you and your family from severe illness from these infections and is the single best way to fight the flu and COVID. In addition to protecting yourself, getting vaccinated also protects people around you, including people who are more likely to become seriously ill, like babies and young children, older people, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic health conditions. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about these vaccinations.
∙ Washing hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer (such as Purell).
∙ Staying home when sick.
∙ Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
∙ Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
Let’s all do our part to keep our children, ourselves, and our communities healthy and safe this winter!
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Recently, the team at ace-ed.org sat down to talk with Rachael Gazdick, CEO, New York Edge. Rachael is the chief executive officer of New York Edge, the metropolitan region’s largest provider of after-school programs. With more than 20 years’ experience in education advocacy, Rachael has dedicated her career to building equity in education. [read more]