A-List Gives Back: Charitable Contributions
A-List is pleased to help support a number of organizations doing wonderful work for the community. Please learn more about them below.
Agenda for Children Tomorrow
Agenda for Children Tomorrow (ACT) is a unique public-private partnership that promotes the well-being of children, families and neighborhoods throughout New York City. ACT recognizes that communities can empower themselves to bring about positive change by gaining the strength and capacity to advocate for themselves. By bringing together public agencies, private organizations, community groups and neighborhood residents, ACT is the change-agent that enables vital transformations to take place.
For more information visit http://www.actnyc.org/index.php
Alley Oop for Autism
This purpose of this annual fundraiser put together by Jericho High School is to promote a greater awareness of Autism. The money raised will be used for the specialized education necessary for these children suffering from Autism. Over the past five years the fundraiser has raised over $500,000.00 for this worthy cause.
For more information visit http://www.alleyoopforautism.com/default.asp
The Berkeley Carroll School
Berkeley Carroll is an independent, college preparatory day school providing coeducational programs for children in prekindergarten through grade 12. Officially chartered by New York state in 1886, Berkeley Carroll is one of the oldest independent schools in New York City.
A passion for learning is at the heart of Berkeley Carroll. The school is a creative and intellectual community where devoted teachers challenge and engage talented students. Our demanding curriculum and vibrant civic life prepare our diverse graduates for success in college and for the greater endeavor—a life of critical, ethical, and global thinking.
For more information visit http://www.berkeleycarroll.org/index.aspx
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is an independent 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.
At this time there are about 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
The mission of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. Currently, over 90 cents of every dollar donated goes to breast cancer research and awareness programs.
Familial Dysautonomia (FD) is a rare genetic neurological condition that affects the sensory and autonomic nervous systems, causing severe gastrointestinal, cardiac, pulmonary, orthopedic, renal and ophthalmologic problems.
The Dysautonomia Foundation is a nonprofit public charity that supports medical treatment, research, public awareness and social services for the benefit of people afflicted with FD. The Foundation has established the world’s only two FD treatment centers and is the largest single source of funding for research and treatment specifically for the benefit of people with FD.
For more information visit http://www.familialdysautonomia.org/
In 2006, Graham Windham, the oldest non-sectarian childcare agency in The United States, celebrated its 200th Anniversary. Founded in New York City in 1806 by a group of dedicated forward-looking women, including Isabella Graham and Elizabeth (Mrs. Alexander) Hamilton, Graham Windham has been meeting the needs of New York City’s poorest, most vulnerable children for more than two centuries!
Today, Graham Windham continues to help under-served children overcome obstacles on the path to self-sufficiencyby giving them the skills to succeed, supporting and strengthening their families and, when necessary, supplementing their families.
For more information visit http://www.graham-windham.org/index.html
Hunter College High School
The Hunter College Campus Schools are made up of Hunter College Elementary School (K-6) and Hunter College High School (7-12). We are publicly funded, selective admission schools for intellectually talented and gifted students. They aim to be a model for gifted education.
The schools strive to reflect the city they serve by admitting and educating a population of students who are culturally, socio-economically, and ethnically diverse. They seek to serve as a model for combining excellence and equity, serving as a catalyst for change in New York City and the nation.
Hunter College schools serve students who demonstrate advanced cognitive ability, and we assist in the development of creative, intellectually curious, and original thinkers who are passionate about learning. They prepare students to be life-long learners and leaders. The schools use the principles of gifted education, including depth, complexity, challenge, enrichment, and acceleration of the curriculum, to meet the needs of intellectually advanced students.
For more information visit http://www.hchs.hunter.cuny.edu/
Hunter College High School
The North Shore Hebrew Academy High School strives, first and foremost, to combine the best of Jewish and General studies into an integrated, well-rounded, and personally rewarding education for each of its students. It is our hope that by offering a first-rate program in all areas of our Jewish and world heritage, from Torah, Talmud, Hebrew, and Bible classes, to literature, art, science, and athletics, we will help our students realize their fullest potential. In doing so, they will gain a greater appreciation for learning and their own self-worth. These goals proceed directly from the principles that all knowledge is a reflection of God’s infinite wisdom and all humanity the manifestation of His image.
This kind of education must be seen as the basic right of all students in our school. Classes will be co-educational and will seek to accommodate the needs of many different kinds of students by exposing them to a variety of spiritual and intellectual perspectives. In this light, we will encourage individual students to bring their own unique insights and interpretations to the curriculum.
A primary purpose of the school’s program will be to enable each individual student to discover his or her own calling, be it in the classroom texts, the sciences, the arts, or the extracurricular realm. This will, of course, coincide with our commitment to give students the tools and the drive to succeed on the highest academic levels after they graduate. Yet it will serve an even greater responsibility: nurturing every student’s creativity and self-esteem in the area that best suits him or her during these most formative years.
For more information visit http://nshahs.org/default.asp
Room to Grow
The mission of Room to Grow is to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Parents expecting a baby are referred to Room to Grow by selected prenatal programs assisting low-income families. Upon their referral, parents visit Room to Grow’s warm and inviting space once every three months from just before the birth of the baby until their child turns three. During their one-on-one appointments with our staff social workers, typically lasting two hours, parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child.
For more information visit http://www.roomtogrow.org/index.php
Regis High School (Auction)
Founded in 1914 by an anonymous benefactor and supported by the generosity of her family, its alumni and friends, Regis High School offers a tuition free Jesuit college preparatory education to Roman Catholic young men from the New York metropolitan area who demonstrate superior intellectual and leadership potential. In the admissions process, special consideration is given to those who cannot otherwise afford a Catholic education.
As a Jesuit school Regis is committed to both academic excellence and fostering a spirit of generosity and service to those in need. With an emphasis on academic rigor and Catholic formation, the school’s program is designed to promote each student’s intellectual and spiritual growth grounded in a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ. Regis seeks to inspire and train the ethnically diverse young men in its care to become imaginative leaders committed to promoting justice and exerting leadership in the Church, in the civic community, and in their chosen profession.
For more information visit http://www.regis-nyc.org/
Roslyn High School
The Roslyn Union Free School District is situated less than 20 miles from midtown Manhattan. The school district covers an area of five square miles and encompasses a group of primarily residential communities on Long Island’s north shore, including the historic Village of Roslyn and all or part of East Hills, Flower Hill, Greenvale, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Harbor and Roslyn Heights.
The Roslyn Public Schools has a long and distinguished history. The first school board in Roslyn was elected in the 1860s, and in 1904 the district was designated by the State of New York as a “union free school district”, which entitled it to offer a full kindergarten through grade 12 program. The first high school diplomas were awarded in 1907. Since that time, more than 15,000 students have graduated from Roslyn High School.
For more information visit http://www.roslynschools.org/schools/rhs/rhs.htm
Student Sponsor Partners
Student Sponsor Partners addresses the high school dropout crisis in New York City by providing under-served students with four years of college-preparatory education. All SSP students are paired with sponsors who offer financial support and mentors who offer one-to-one mentoring, thus making a meaningful impact on their lives.
Over 85% of SSP students graduate from high school each year. This compares to a rate of approximately 61% among their peers in New York City’s public schools.
For more information visit http://sspnyc.org/
Sunrise Day Camp
Sunrise Day Camp, for children ages 3-16, is the only dedicated day camp in the nation for children with cancer. It is a camp designed to meet the emotional, social, recreational and physical needs of these children while allowing them to enjoy the comforts and safety of their own homes at night.
Sunrise Day Camp is operated by the Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC and is situated on the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, a 300-acre wooded site that borders Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island in New York. Best of all, Sunrise Day Camp is offered free of charge to all children being treated for cancer or related disorders on a non-sectarian basis.
For more information visit http://www.sunrisedaycamp.org/
The Wheatley School
The Wheatley School is an exceptional school enrolling approximately 780 students in grades 8-12. Wheatley’s student body is predominantly college bound, and the school prepares students well to meet the challenges they will face when they graduate.
The mission of The Wheatley School is to provide a safe and nurturing environment of intellectual development, personal growth and social responsibility. Our intimate learning environment fosters life-long personal relationships and an understanding of the value of diversity and respect for all.
Wheatley is guided by the idea that education is a continual journey, not a destination.
For more information visit http://www.ewsdonline.org/education/school/school.php?sectiondetailid=102
Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
The organization offers a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults 18-24, with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate internship.
Year Up’s success is their graduates — enabling them to move on to full-time employment and higher education. Year Up is about providing opportunities for urban young adults to demonstrate their true potential. Year Up has achieved excellent results to date:
- 100% placement of qualified students into internships
- 95% of interns meet or exceed partner expectations
- 84% of graduates employed or in college full time within four months of graduation
- $15/hr average wage at placement
For more information visit http://www.yearup.org/
About the Organization:
Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults from all over the country, with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate internships. Year Up’s National Capital Region site hosted President Obama in June of 2009 when he delivered his Father’s Day speech.
About A-List’s Program at Year Up:
In 2008, A-List began college admissions consulting services for Year Up, guiding students through the complexities of the college selection and application process, demystifying the FAFSA and connecting students to scholarships. This module has now become a standard element of the Year Up curriculum for all students. Over the course of this program its instructors noticed that many Year Up students had low basic math levels as they prepared for apprenticeships in investment operations or technical support with firms like JPMorgan Chase and Google. A-List then built a custom business math curriculum covering key mathematical concepts in a practical business context.
PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN SAT PREP PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
About the Organization:
A pioneer in art and design education since its founding in 1896, Parsons The New School for Design has cultivated outstanding artists, designers, scholars, businesspeople, and community leaders for more than a century. Today, when design thinking is increasingly being employed to solve complex global problems, Parsons is leading new approaches to art and design education. At the Academy, students develop skills in drawing, painting, animation design, portfolio development, product design and graphic design. Parsons also offers a Certificate Program for students in grades 9-12 who plan to apply to colleges of art and design. Participants entering the 12th grade can enroll in a portfolio course to prepare for college admission. In the summer, the Academy offers two-week long intensive courses. In addition, pre-college students age 16 or older may also enroll in Parsons Summer Intensive Studies programs in either New York or Paris for college credit. The Parsons Pre-College Academy sharpens students’ natural talent and supplements their school’s arts education.
The Parsons College Preparation Scholarship Program is a three-year program for New York City public school sophomores. Through this program, student scholars study design at the college level, develop the skills necessary to gain admittance to art and design colleges, and explore the range of design career choices.
About A-List’s Program at Parsons:
A-List developed a customized SAT preparation program with Parsons The New School for Design’s Pre-College Scholars Class of 2011. The eight-week SAT program not only intends to get scholars SAT ready, but to empower students as they endeavor to realize their potential through higher education. For the duration of the course, an expert A-List instructor employed our tested methodologies and proprietary materials, like the A-List Book of Knowledge and Vocab Videos, to equip scholars with the knowledge and skills needed to master the SAT.
STREET SQUASH SAT TEST PREP PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
About the Organization:
Founded in September 1999, Street Squash is an after-school youth enrichment program that combines academic tutoring with squash instruction, community service, and one-on-one mentoring. Street Squash’s mission is to provide consistent, long-term and reliable support to the children, families and schools in Harlem. By exposing these children to a broad range of experiences and by maintaining the highest standards, StreetSquash aims to help each child realize his or her academic and personal potential.
About A-List’s Program at Street Squash:
For several years A-List provided SAT instruction at schools during the day and after class but quickly realized that it could offer a better solution for its clients and their students. Street Squash was the first nonprofit to utilize this service. A-List’s teacher training and content licensing programs have significant benefits over traditional third party offerings:
- Subsidizing the cost shifts the payment burden away from the students, who may not be able to afford the best courses.
- Holding courses during the school day will makes it easier for students to attend without sacrificing time for schoolwork, sports, or the arts.
- The school’s imprimatur upon the classes makes students take the work more seriously than they would independent classes, which are often viewed as extracurricular and therefore optional.
- Training the faculty in new subject matter will create a new level of valuable expertise in the staff, an expertise that can grow stronger and more refined over the years.
Dr. James M.
…There is a need for the type of program you have developed to be made available to every child regardless of income. This is why I have brought A-List into school districts I have been fortunate enough to lead: to train our teachers and provide the support necessary to improve our students’ scores.
A-List was engaging and substantive for our students. Each week our Dreamers were completely immersed in the class’s content…The sessions were poignant, enjoyable, and challenging and exactly what I had hoped for my Dreamers.
This was by far the most useful professional development session I’ve attended in my career.