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Fostering Equity for NY’s K-12 After School and Summer Programs w Rachel Gazdick

Posted on: November 21st, 2023 by New York Edge No Comments

Listen to the interview as New York Edge CEO, Rachael Gazdick, discusses how afterschool activities and summer camps play a crucial role in the lives of children in New York City. [listen here]

PoliticsNY’s 2023 Power Players in Education 

Posted on: October 11th, 2023 by New York Edge

With more than 20 years of experience in education advocacy, New York Edge CEO Rachael Gazdick leads the organization’s mission to build equity in education and provide thousands of K-12 students with free, engaging programs that help them grow academically and personally. Previously, Gazdick served as president and CEO of Colorado’s “I Have A Dream” Foundation and as executive director of Say Yes to Education Syracuse. [read more]

From hip hop to ‘Top Chef’: How two NYC after-school programs teach students about healthy eating

Posted on: October 10th, 2023 by New York Edge No Comments

Kevin, a sixth grader at P.S. 146 in Queens who hopes to one day work as a doctor, said he’s always tried to study nutrition.

But it wasn’t until he participated in the Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S., or Healthy Eating and Living in Schools, after-school program last year that he found an engaging way to learn about it at school.

The program, developed in partnership between Columbia University neurologist Olajide Williams and hip hop artist Doug E. Fresh, relies on music to help teach students about healthy eating. [read more]

Brooklyn Eagle: Students explore New York as ‘Global City’

Posted on: August 17th, 2023 by New York Edge

Queens high school graduates credit New York Edge for their success as they prepare for college

Posted on: June 29th, 2023 by New York Edge No Comments

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]

K-LOVE: LOCAL Closer Look: New York Edge

Posted on: June 12th, 2023 by New York Edge No Comments

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]

Spread Love NYC

Posted on: May 8th, 2023 by New York Edge No Comments

“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]

New York Edge Students in Brooklyn Help Spread Cheer

Posted on: May 8th, 2023 by New York Edge

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 City Students Launch New Season of Formative Podcast

Posted on: March 23rd, 2023 by New York Edge
The Formative Podcast season 3

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’s How Success Happens Podcast Robert Tuchman; and children’s author Chrystal Giles.

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