From Scholarship Recipient to Being Cast in Brooklyn Nutcracker


Date: December 16, 2019

Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant



From Scholarship Recipient to Being Cast in Brooklyn Nutcracker

Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) has completed its fifth year of their Youth Community Scholarship Program which provides local youth opportunities to attend enrichment programs throughout the year. AALDC granted scholarships to more than 70 local children to attend programs located in five Brooklyn neighborhoods- Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, and Clinton Hill. Families who have limited financial resources received priority scholarships.

There were a variety of enriching summer and fall program for parents to choose from. The 2019 program partners were Brooklyn Ballet, Mathnasium of Boerum Hill, Automatic Studios, Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Pixel Academy, Read 718, Creative Arts Studio, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn Music Factory, Brooklyn Boulders, Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse, Brooklyn Fencing Center, Dodge YMCA, World Martial Arts Center, and Gotham Archery.The children were able to get hands on experience in new programs.

Delilah Garrison, scholarship recipient for Brooklyn Ballet attended the program during the fall and based on her dancing skills, she was cast in the Brooklyn Nutcracker. Her mother Brook Garrison was grateful to the scholarship program for giving her daughter a special opportunity. “We were so excited to receive the scholarship to Brooklyn Ballet. Every year it is a struggle to decide what enrichment activities I can afford for my daughter” Garrison said. “Most of my budget has to go to aftercare at Delilah’s school and there is hardly any money left over for enrichment programs. Finding out about the scholarship every year is a big relief for me financially and for Delilah knowing she won’t be stuck in aftercare everyday of the week.”

AALDC provides funding for children who live or attend school in Brooklyn Public School Districts 13 and 15. These local youth have the opportunity to attend a variety of enriching programs. The Youth Community Scholarship Program’s focus is to provide local youth the chance to experience programs that will allow them to learn, create, and flourish.

For more information on how you can donate to support the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program, please view the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program Commercial, visit our website, contact or call (718) 875-8993.


Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email Please credit all photos to Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC).

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