FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 10, 2015
Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications Consultant
Cell & Text: 917-853-0433
Local Children Complete Intensive Summer Courses
Made Possible by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation’s
Youth Community Scholarship Program
Brooklyn, New York – September 10, 2015 – The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) successfully completed its first year of their Youth Community Scholarship Program. The AALDC granted scholarships to twenty-three local children from low-income families to attend summer programs based in Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene and downtown Brooklyn. For many of the children it was their first time attending activities outside of their schools. The value of the scholarships represent otherwise unattainable tuition costs.
Evaluating success. The four partner programs, Mark Morris Dance Center, Mathnasium, Brooklyn Ballet and MASI Brooklyn from WMA Karate/Mission Martial Arts are committed to enriching the lives of community children. In a non-judgmental environment, the children gained scholastic or artistic skills, as well as life skills that will help them in any future endeavors.
Eleven-year old Michio Gayle received a summer scholarship from the AALDC to attend Mathnasium of Brooklyn Heights – Boerum Hill, a neighborhood math-only learning center. After taking an assessment test, Michio received individual instruction and his mother, Charlene Dougan, was confident that Michio had sharpened his skills. Michio appreciated the math tutoring as he was preparing to go to a Cobble Hill middle school in the Fall.
Nyla Frazier, age 7, and her sister, Niya, age 6, both received summer scholarships from the AALDC to attend Creative Dance classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Observing the girls’ end of semester performances, it was obvious by their smiling faces how much they enjoyed their classes. Niya proudly showed off her artwork – a happy collage character she created based on herself. Their mother, Lourdes De La Cruz, could not conceal her excitement and pride seeing how happy her girls were.
Young teens who received summer scholarships from the AALDC to attend the Next Step Summer Intensive Program at the Brooklyn Ballet were pleasantly surprised to find themselves in a serious, but fun, comprehensive dance program that is part of a classical ballet conservatory and community dance center. Daisha Goodwin, age 13, proudly said this was the hardest thing she has ever done.
Children who received AALDC summer scholarships for The Martial Arts Seasonal Intensive 2015 (MASI) Brooklyn, a collaborative program from WMA Karate and Mission Martial Arts, learned discipline, responsibility, and concentration and were introduced to various forms of martial arts. Owner/Instructor of WMA Karate Corp, Howard F. Latting, explained that martial arts training provides three tracks: self-defense, health and wellness.
The number of scholarships awarded was greatly related to the degree of funding donated, and program space availability. The AALDC is appealing for donations for summer 2016 where it hopes to grant a greater number of scholarships and to partner with more local programs. For information on how you can donate to the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program and applications for the 2016 Summer Scholarship sessions, please either visit http://www.atlanticave.org, send an email to Scholarships@atlanticave.org, or telephone 718-875-8993.
The theme of this year’s 41st Atlantic Antic™ Street Festival, which is produced by the AALDC, is “The Youth Are Our Future” and the program partners will be amongst those youth groups performing. The Atlantic Antic™ will be held on Sunday, September 27th from 12 – 6 pm on Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and the waterfront in downtown Brooklyn – rain or shine.