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College Awareness Day 2019

Posted on: January 11th, 2019 by New York Edge No Comments

New York Edge is excited to join the New York City Department of Education’s city wide celebrate of College Awareness Day with all our sites across New York City! On Friday, January 11 we will host class discussions about continuing education opportunities, early college awareness workshops for students and families, as well as alumni events!

New York Edge staff will be seen wearing apparel from their favorite higher education institution to promote discussion with students about our experiences in college. New York Edge is committed to the goal of empowerment and support for all our students. We give them the edge they need to succeed and so much more.

New York Edge College Awareness Day
Students from #IS127 having some photo fun during the New York Edge college readiness workshop!

Chopped! New York Edge Elementary Competition

Posted on: January 3rd, 2019 by New York Edge No Comments
New York Edge Cooking
New York Edge Elementary School Cooking Competitors

New York Edge closed out 2018 with our annual Elementary School Chopped Competition. Eight elementary schools from the New York area competed on Friday, December 28th to become Top Chef. We thank the staff and students of 146Q, 178X, 40K, 122Q, 116Q, 41Q, 96Q, 97X for their participation in the event.

The day began with students meeting Chef Corey, from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, who shared his journey into the culinary field and led a Q+A session for our students!

All schools participated in an appetizer round, in which, they had to create an original appetizer using the following mystery ingredients: kale, pears, and black beans. They then participated in a dessert round, in which, they had to create an original dessert using the following mystery ingredients: avocado, strawberries, and Cheerios. Students had a great time working with their peers to make delicious and nutritious meals for our judges to score and taste. Lastly, the final round, was the chef’s round. Chef Corey received a basket with mystery ingredients: kiwi, ricotta cheese, and tomato and had 25 minutes to create a dish in front of all students. A huge congratulations to our first place winners 146Q, second place winners 178X, and third place winners 40K.

Thank you to our Guest Judges Christine Cosmos, Chef Corey Samuel, and Sharim Estevez. You all showed great interest in the meals students prepared, were open-minded to trying new foods, and definitely kept the cooking spirit alive within our youth! Thank you for also being helpful, alongside Katie Booz-Mooney and Omar Alleyne with the set-up and breakdown of the entire event, and willingness to take on any task thrown your way throughout the day!

New York Edge is so proud of all our chefs and the creativity they bring to healthy eating!

Elect To Be Fit!

Posted on: November 9th, 2018 by New York Edge No Comments

The New York Edge Elect to be Fit Wellness Fair, took place at Truman High School on November 6, 2018. A total of 261 Elementary and Middle School students from 31 schools participated in activities that promote healthy eating and active lifestyles. 

Rotations included Supermarket Mania, Minute to Win It, and Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S. Debuting her children’s book, “MC Veggie Fresh Rocks the Mic”, Registered Dietitian and Author Shanon Morris held an interactive book reading and signing for Elementary School students. Additionally, Middle School students competed in a fill in the rap lyric game where students had to fill in the missing lyrics in order to complete the Veggie Fresh Rap.

The New York Edge Elect to Be Fit Wellness Fair showed students that you can have fun while engaging in health and wellness activities!

See Photos of the Day

Cheering On The 25th Annual Breast Cancer Walk in Flushing

Posted on: October 23rd, 2018 by New York Edge No Comments

Flushing High School Cheerleaders

The 25th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walkers had a great team of cheerleaders in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park last Sunday. New York Edge Students and Cheerleading team members joined with other schools to help walkers raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The October 21st event was just one of over 300 walks supporting survivors and their families as well as research into this terrible disease. New York Edge is so proud of our students who help make this event unforgettable and understand the importance of giving back to their community.

NY Knicks Help Raise Almost $30,000 to Support Afterschool Programs

Posted on: October 1st, 2018 by New York Edge No Comments

New York Edge and the NY Knicks joined forces yesterday for the first ever Knicks Benefit Basketball game and raised almost $30,000! 

The White and Blue teams battled it out to the bitter end giving it everything they had and everyone had a great time. 

The National Anthem was sung by Mikalah Cance of 175x, a New York Edge student and an amazing talent. The half-time game with teams form 127X and 61K was so exciting and our Step Team from 452K brought down the house!

The New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden, and Jr. Knicks Assist have been great partners of New York Edge throughout the years. We are grateful for all they do and happy to have a new partner in Fidelis Care for afterschool programming.
See more photos from the game here!

NYS Network for Youth Success Spotlight on Lavern Mason-Howard

Posted on: September 4th, 2018 by New York Edge No Comments

Spotlight: New York Edge
Lavern Mason-Howard of New York Edge

New York Edge (Formerly Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation) is a nonprofit with the mission of helping bridge the opportunity gap among underserved students by providing programs designed to improve academic performance, health and wellness, self-confidence, character, and attitudes for success in life. Operating between 3 and 5 days each week for 36 weeks during the school year, they offer combined academic enrichment curricula including: literacy, STEAM, leadership, High School Today College Tomorrow (HSTCT) and Middle School Today High School Tomorrow (MSTHST) with sports and wellness, music, visual, and performing arts opportunities and trips to educational and cultural institutions. Following a nutritious snack period, these programs are designed to enhance the learning that takes place during school hours. New York Edge believes in the power of positive influence and working extremely hard to create an environment that is supportive, creative, and fun.

We spoke to Lavern Mason-Howard, Manager of Licensing and Training, about the work she does for the betterment of New York children, families, and communities. Lavern began working in the after school field in 2002, as an Administrative Director for a Center based CBO that offered both early childhood education and school-age child care services. She was accountable for supervising the school-age child care staff and ensuring compliance with all City and State guidelines, regulations, and laws. Later on in 2008, Lavern served as Education and Training Director for a different CBO. There, she was responsible for staff development,
supervision, and evaluation of several after school programs. Lavern started her current position with New York Edge in 2013.

When asked why she began a career in this field Lavern told us, “the primary reason for my decision to pursue a career in out-of-school time was my wanting to be more available for my children when they were growing up.” Earlier Lavern had felt as though she was spending too much time on commuting to work and wanted to give more time to her children. When she changed careers she first began substitute teaching, as she was always interested in education. Lavern stated that, “the work was so fulfilling to me that I constantly wanted to learn more about the field.” In order to do so Lavern attended various training and development workshops, attaining Family Development Leadership Credentials, becoming a Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Trainer, a CPR and First Aid Instructor, and ultimately obtaining a Master of Arts Degree in Education, with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Technology.

In her current role she is responsible for overseeing licensing for over one hundred and twenty programs throughout New York City, ensuring that each program’s SACC license is maintained so that the programs operate in compliance with Department of Health Regulations. She is also responsible for developing, scheduling, and conducting training workshops and information sessions for staff development. Lavern has also implemented an Internship Program for the past three years in which career readiness opportunities are provided for High School and College aged students.

Lavern discussed with us how afterschool, summer, and expanded learning time is important to children, families, and the community. She had a great deal of positive things to say about afterschool and expanded learning for children. For example, that field is important as children have a place to go that is safe and they are provided with educational services while also being able to have fun and engage in experiences that they might not have the opportunity to do without the services. This includes being introduced to a variety of activities such as chess, robotics, arts, and sports and getting the opportunity to go on many trips and visit various exciting educational and cultural sites throughout the city. After school programs also prepare kids for life, by developing their life skills, i.e., learning to work cooperatively, and social and emotional development. Essentially, out-of-school time programs help families by providing a structured resource for children now as well as putting them on a path that will help them move forward in th, in turn, and this in turn benefits the community.

When asked what her favorite part of her job is Lavern said, “being able to help people have that light bulb moment, when they truly get how it all relates.” Lavern added that there is so much cause and effect in the field of out-of-school time, and oftentimes, people don’t see the correlations of how it all works together. She adds that it is important to her that people understand the “whys;” like why ratios have to be met; why training is important; why safety protocols have to be followed. It all boils down to the children, and keeping them safe which is key in order for them to continue having great experiences in programs. Once the program is operating compliantly, then other “bells and whistles”; activities, special events, incentives, and enhancement can effectively be added to the program.

New York Edge Makes a Splash with Billboards in Times Square

Posted on: August 20th, 2018 by New York Edge No Comments

See More Photos of New York Edge on Nonprofit Day!

New York NY — On August 17th, National Nonprofit Day (NND) honors all the people, organizations and volunteers who bring selfless goodness to the underserved every day. New York Edge — one of the metropolitan regions largest providers of afterschool programs — is among a select few non-profits to be showcased on billboards throughout Times Square on National Nonprofit Day. Under the direction of Five Tier, a Manhattan based company tasked with managing much of the content on billboards worldwide, National Nonprofit Day and its participants will be presented to hundreds of thousands of Times Square visitors throughout the day.

“We spend the majority of our lives helping big brands sell their wares,” said TJ Allan of Five Tier. “Our team felt it was important to begin giving back to those who work so hard to make the world a better place. Creating this program levels the playing field for organizations with limited marketing budgets to stand side by side with the bigger players of the world.”

Recognizing that nonprofits carry a deep responsibility to their primary altruistic goals, Sherita J. Herring created National Nonprofit Day to also honor the impact these organizations have around the world. For example, following the U.S. recession, in 2012 the nonprofit sector provided 5.4 of the nation’s entire GDP (gross domestic product), or $887.3 billion; employing nurses, web developers, lawyers, computer engineers and more, according to Johns Hopkins and Tactical Philanthropy Advisors reports.

“We are thrilled to partner with Five Tier to honor all the inspiring work New York Edge and other non-profits have done to positively change the lives of others,” said Maureen Fonseca, president and CEO of New York Edge. “In the spirit of National Nonprofit Day, these billboards in Times Square will amplify our brand and express our dedication to bridging the opportunity gap for students across New York City.”

New York Edge gives back to the community by providing school-based afterschool programs designed to meet the needs and goals of under-resourced schools through customized, curriculum-based programming. Through rigorous, innovative programs such as High School Today, College Tomorrow and a range of other programs — including but not limited to chess club, fencing, robotics and dance — New York Edge expands beyond the traditional afterschool lane, acting as a springboard to life beyond high school.

About New York Edge
New York Edge, formerly known as the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF), is a non-profit organization and the largest provider of school-based afterschool programs in New York City and the metropolitan region. With more than 26,000 students from over 130 sites in grades K-12, the organization provides under-resourced students with year-round programs to give them the edge needed to succeed.

The 2018 New York Edge Summer Program Is In Full Swing

Posted on: July 20th, 2018 by New York Edge No Comments

summer camp

The 2018 New York Edge Summer Camp is making great memories for thousands of young New Yorkers. Free to all students, this exciting  6 week program incorporates trips, classroom projects and fun learning opportunities. Located at city schools our 107 sites are in all five boroughs and serves students of all ages. New York Edge is able to present this wonderful opportunity with the funding of the New York City Council. We thank them for their help and continued support of childhood learning.

Stephen Meringoff and the 2018 Meringoff Scholars

Posted on: June 27th, 2018 by New York Edge No Comments

New York Edge is featured on the Meringoff Foundation website with this wonderful photo of Stephen Meringoff with our Ameer and Samantha of Flushing High School. For more information on The Meringoff Family Foundation and their partnership with New York Edge visit their site at