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Kool Herc Celebrates Hip-Hop’s Birthday

Posted on: August 12th, 2021 by New York Edge No Comments

The pioneering DJ and Rock The Bells have teamed up to benefit New York Edge, a non-profit that serves underprivileged students in NYC. [read more]

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New York Students Get an Extra Dose of Learning and Fun

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

CEO Rachael Gazdick says New York Edge concentrated on providing a vast range of activities — arts and sports, chess and robotics, cooking and career readiness. A fair at the end of the program will highlight students’ achievements. [read more]

Summer Camp With an ‘Edge’ for Students – NBC New York

Posted on: June 23rd, 2021 by New York Edge No Comments

New Initiative Encourages Kids to Read, Write in NYC

Posted on: June 14th, 2021 by New York Edge No Comments

New York Edge, which runs after-school and summer programs, kicked off the program with a Read-a-thon. Authors and illustrators met virtually with students to talk about books on Thursday. [read more]

New York City Students Prepare for a Busy Summer of Catching Up

Posted on: June 14th, 2021 by New York Edge No Comments

The New York City Department of Education has acknowledged how difficult the past year has been for students as they’ve navigated remote learning, discrepancies in access to technology, and the general uncertainty of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. [read more]

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]