Partnership With Children, Inc.

Partnership with Children has remained true to the mission of its founders for more than 100 years. What started as a volunteer mentoring program for troubled girls has evolved to provide critical services to nearly 10,000 boys and girls who face daunting problems in their lives. Today we serve children in 26 public schools in New York City. Our mission is to strengthen the social, emotional and cognitive skills of at-risk children.
Jun 14, 2012

Another Year Comes to an End

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe there are only a few weeks left in the school year and summer is just around the corner. Nearly 40 students from three Alternate Learning Schools (ALCs) that we work in participated in Walking the Path this year. ALCs provide an educational setting for students who are serving long term suspensions from school of either 30, 60 or 90 days.  Students sent to ALCs generally have a hard time controlling their emotions or staying out of trouble, landing them in these centers. Helping these students understand the consequences of their actions, build positive relationships and strengthen their social and emotional skills is crucial to getting them back on track to succeed in school and life.

Walking the Path allows students to explore creative methods of expressing their feelings. It is very difficult to imagine the hardships some of our students face every day. Often students living in high poverty face challenges so overwhelming they cannot articulate their feelings.  Creative expression creates a level of comfort where students can express themselves more indirectly. Understanding how our students struggle allows us to provide them with tools to combat these challenges. At the same time, students are exposed to new creative methods, develop pride and confidence by sharing their work with others and earn school credit too!—keeping them on track for graduation.

Twenty of our students at John Jay High School learned how to express themselves through poetry and photography.  Through a series of workshops, they learned to tell their own life stories and convert this into digital art.  Students were given cameras to take photos around their neighborhood and journals to record their thoughts and poetry.  At WEB Dubois and August Martin High School, 17 students were challenged to write a memoir or personal story that significantly affected their lives and turn it into short films. They worked with the schools’ English Language Arts teachers to write personal stories.  Once their memoirs were complete, the students used Final Cut Pro to add video and photographs to their memoir voice-over, producing 2-3 minute videos.

This year we’ve seen great success with our Walking the Path program. Next year, we’re considering expanding the program to include a book project. Rather than students working on their own creative projects, students will collaborate to create a larger piece combining their individual stories and talents.

Thank you again for your support and helping at-risk students succeed.  We look forward to updating you as the fall projects evolve.  Until next Fall…

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Feb 23, 2012

Walking the Path Oscars!

Dear Friends,

While the official Oscars may be this weekend, we had our own Academy Awards earlier this month with our August Martin High School Walking the Path participants.  Eight students were challenged to write a memoir or personal story that significantly affected their lives and turn it into a short film. They worked with the school’s English Language Arts teacher to write a personal story.  The students used Final Cut Pro to add video and photographs to their memoir voiceover and each student produced a 2-3 minute video.

Earlier this month, those 8 videos were screened for an audience of their families, friends and peers red carpet style.  After the screenings, each student was honored with their very own Oscar trophy. 

It took incredible courage for these students to share such a personal part of themselves with a large group and we applaud them!  It is because of your support that we’re able to offer such a unique and creative outlet for our students to express themselves.

We hope to have additional updates and photos to share with you later in the year from our other Walking the Path students at Dubois and John Jay High School.  Until then, thank you again for your continued support!

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Jan 7, 2012

News from Walking the Path!

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! It’s an exciting time of year for our Walking the Path students—especially those at August Martin High School! Prior to the holidays, a group of 8 students spent weeks writing and producing their own video memoir. They first worked with the school’s English Language Art’s teacher to write a personal story. Afterwards, they learn how to use a video camera and edit footage on Final Cut Pro. Fully armed with the skills needed, each student shot their own video footage, recorded the voiceover of their personal story and edited it all together in a 2-3 minute video. Each student will receive a copy of their memoir. Even better, later this month we’ll roll out the red carpet and host a Hollywood style Premiere of all 8 videos for friends and family.

Also in progress is Walking the Path’s photography program at John Jay High School. Students are introduced to the ins and outs of photography learning about lighting, framing and of course, proper camera operation. Afterwards they take a “Walk Around the Block” to take pictures of family, friends and their neighborhood, using the skills they learned. To add a writing element, students are encouraged to write poems to correspond with their photographs and the pieces are displayed at the school like an art gallery.

Walking the Path is a fantastic program for students to explore creative methods of expressing their feelings. It is very difficult to imagine the hardships some of our students face every day. Sometimes students are not willing to speak about their troubles, but through creative expression, we are able to gain a better sense of how our students struggle and provide them with tools to combat these challenges. At the same time, students are exposed to new creative methods, develop pride and confidence by sharing their work with others and earn school credit too!—keeping them on track for graduation.

Thank you again for your support and helping at-risk students succeed. We look forward to updating you as the year progresses. Stay tuned for more updates and photos of the August Martin Premiere!

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