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Whitestone educator honored for commitment to students during Teacher Appreciation Week

Posted on: May 10th, 2021 by New York Edge No Comments

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, a local McDonald’s owner honored a Whitestone educator for New York Edge — the city’s largest provider of after-school programming — for her unwavering commitment to her students and their families, particularly amid the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Megan Basaldua, who teaches visual arts and literacy at P.S. 193, and her students were surprised on Wednesday, May 5, with McDonald’s meals from owner/operator Patrick Miller and Councilman Paul Vallone who joined in the celebration. [read more]

New York Edge Hosts Virtual Summer Camp Job Fair

Posted on: May 6th, 2021 by New York Edge No Comments

New York Edge, the city’s largest school-based after-school and summer provider, will be hosting a virtual job fair for paid summer camp counselor positions.

The Woodside-based organization is seeking candidates over the age of 18 to interview with recruiters with job opportunities available across all five boroughs. [read more]

40 Under 40 Featuring Ruben Gonzalez

Posted on: April 26th, 2021 by New York Edge No Comments

Given his background in nonprofit programming, as the director of finance for New York Edge, Ruben Gonzalez says he has made it his mission to bridge the gap between the sector’s finance and programming departments.

“There’s always this disconnection … one doesn’t understand what the other does and I think that’s extremely crucial to actually grasp what are each other’s responsibilities to better be efficient,” Gonzalez says.

Before switching to the financial side of the nonprofit sector, Gonzalez spent 10 years in nonprofit programming. During his career, he has served as a case-plan manager with the New York Urban League and as a Learning to Work program director with Harlem Renaissance High School. He also provided parenting workshops and school-aged workshops at the New York City Mission Society.

When Gonzalez joined New York Edge, he started as a program manager overseeing seven to eight after-school programs before transferring to the finance department as a budget compliance supervisor, overseeing $33 million in government contract funding.

Recalling his own childhood in the Bronx, Gonzalez says he owes his success to programs like those provided by New York Edge, pointing to the influence of the organization’s Champions Club, which provides a wide range of enrichment opportunities.

“It’s always been a passion of mine to work in the communities that I was raised in,” Gonzalez says.

In the future, Gonzalez says his goal is to build reserves and endowments for the organization to be less reliant on contract funding. [see the full article here]

Queens 12-Year-Old Has Eyes On One Day Being Chess Grandmaster

Posted on: April 7th, 2021 by New York Edge No Comments

The seventh grader, who moved to the U.S. a few years ago from Guyana, adopted her father’s love for the sport. She has been playing competitively for two years now and says chess has helped her through these COVID-19 times.

“Teachers assign a lot of assignments and it’s kind of stressful, but, you know, chess gives me something to like depend on. After a long day, I know that when I’m done, like school and everything, I can just go, you know, play a chess game, relax and enjoy it,” Jessica said. [read more]

New York Edge’s Learning Labs aim to ease remote learning burden for parents

Posted on: March 10th, 2021 by New York Edge No Comments

New York Edge is ramping up efforts to aid working parents who are continuing to struggle with managing their child’s remote learning during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. [read more]

For more information on our Learning Labs and how to enroll, please visit newyorkedge.org/learninglabs

New York Edge launches Learning Labs to help students and parents with remote learning.

Posted on: February 2nd, 2021 by New York Edge No Comments

As thousands of families across Queens and New York City juggle the continuous shifts between in-person and remote learning, New York Edge’s Learning Labs are providing a safe, educational environment for children on the days they are scheduled for virtual school – easing the burden for working parents who need assurance that their children are cared for during the workday. [read more]

Vice President at Pfizer Appointed to New York Edge Board of Directors

Posted on: January 7th, 2021 by New York Edge No Comments

New York City’s largest provider of on-site afterschool programs – today announced the appointment of Niesha Foster, Vice President, Product Access, Global Health & Patient Access at Pfizer, to the organization’s Board of Directors.

“We are proud to welcome such an accomplished and committed leader to our Board of Directors,” said Rachael Gazdick, CEO of New York Edge. “Niesha’s strong expertise and unwavering dedication to bettering communities across our city makes her an invaluable member of our team, and I look forward to our work together to deepen New York Edge’s impact across the five boroughs.”

As vice president of Product Access, Global Health & Patient Access at Pfizer, Ms. Foster is focused on addressing patient affordability and advancing health equity in diverse communities. She is accountable for U.S. Patient Assistance Programs, oversight of key international donation programs, and co-leads Pfizer’s Multicultural Center of Excellence, which advances health equity in ethnically diverse and underrepresented communities.

In her 17-year career with Pfizer, Ms. Foster has led numerous strategic and operational programs across commercial and platform functions. She was the finance lead for Pfizer’s HIV franchise and COPD program, and created and implemented Pfizer’s policies for interactions with healthcare professionals. Ms. Foster also served as chief of staff to the senior vice president of Policy, as well as to the president of Worldwide Research & Development. During her time as Corporate Affairs Lead, she focused on shaping the operating and access environment for the Rare Disease and Inflammation & Immunology business groups. Additionally, Ms. Foster has created unique community partnerships with organizations including the National Newspapers Publishers Association, to amplify the needs of the sickle cell disease community.

“It’s crucial that students be given tools and mentors in order for them to succeed in and out of the classroom,” said Ms. Foster. “I’m proud to join New York Edge to support students across the five boroughs and provide them with enriching, inspiring programs that will provide a launch pad for success.”

Prior to Pfizer, Ms. Foster forecasted the National Football League’s (NFL) Annual Salary Cap, and served as an auditor at PwC.

Ms. Foster holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.

New York Edge provides thousands of students from more than 100 schools in grades K-12 across the five boroughs with engaging programs that will enhance their learning, enable them to grow academically and personally, and help them develop the passion and perseverance to meet their goals. From robotics classes, to leadership programs, to chess club, fencing, step club and beyond, New York Edge’s groundbreaking initiatives are customized to integrate the school day curriculum and lead to improved academic performance at every level.

New York Edge Awarded $100,000 From National Grid’s “Grid for Good” Initiative

Posted on: December 14th, 2020 by New York Edge No Comments

New York Edge – New York City’s largest provider of on-site afterschool programs – has been awarded a $100,000 grant from National Grid’s Grid for Good initiative to provide tools, resources and employment opportunities to help hundreds of students across the five boroughs pursue successful careers in the energy industry.

“It is vital that our students have access to programs and tools that will enable them to expand their horizons, discover their passions, and ultimately achieve their greatest potential,” said Rachael Gazdick, CEO of New York Edge. “National Grid’s generous donation will enable us to provide students across New York City with the resources to gain invaluable skills and explore careers within one of the fastest growing fields. We are grateful to National Grid for this partnership and look forward to working together to prepare our city’s young people for future success.”

Grid for Good is National Grid’s new flagship corporate responsibility community investment program, and New York Edge will serve as one of its charity partners through this grant.

The grant will allow New York Edge to provide industry specific skills and training to hundreds of its students from ages 16 – 24 to help them gain meaningful resources and employment opportunities in the energy field. The Grid for Good program is a unique pathway to employment comprised of industry knowledge training, peer networking, work readiness training, mentoring, internship opportunities, and more.

New York Edge provides thousands of students from more than 100 schools in grades K-12 across the five boroughs with engaging programs that will enhance their learning, enable them to grow academically and personally, and help them develop the passion and perseverance to meet their goals. From robotics classes, to leadership programs, to chess club, fencing, step club and beyond, New York Edge’s groundbreaking initiatives are customized to integrate the school day curriculum and lead to improved academic performance at every level.

Students need afterschool programming now more than ever

Posted on: December 10th, 2020 by New York Edge No Comments

New York City students are experiencing a school year like no other, hindering their ability to learn, grow, and excel both academically and personally. With the ongoing changes in in-person and virtual learning, families in Queens and across our city are forced to tackle this transition that significantly impacts students, working parents and caregivers, and communities at large. [read more]