SONYC After School Program @ Columbia Secondary School
The Y's SONYC program @ CSS had the opportunity to extend the program beyond after school with its first ever Spring Break Camp. SONYC participants had the opportunity to cut loose and celebrate the beautiful weather with our beloved staff in one of two camps: Emerge, Give and Grow (E.G.G.) and Spring Sports Splash. Students spent the week off taking fun-filled trips to the YMCA's Greenkill Camp Grounds and SportsTime USA. This was in addition to engaging in academic enrichment to prepare our participants for the ELA and Math exams.
When they weren't busy getting their feet wet - literally! - in the newly-established aquatics program in the pool, they were helping prune and prepare CSS's Community Garden and engaging in Community Service projects. Of course we couldn't forget our SONYC participants' commitment to community service in the midst of all the fun!
The Y's Activity Specialists Ashley Johnson and Sergio Adams organized a trip for the students via Meals on Wheels' partnership with Columbia University's School of Dentistry. This initiative aims to improve health outcomes and awareness in lower-income areas of NYC. SONYC is so proud of our youngster's commitment to helping the less fortunate and connecting to their local community. They fostered and deepened that connection by delivering dental hygiene products to families in East Harlem for an entire afternoon. Aside from pearly-white smiles, powerful minds and big hearts are what we strive to cultivate here at the Y's SONYC program at CSS!
Formal testing of CSS' future Olympic swimmers started on the week of 4/20/15. Once our little tadpoles have been tested to determine their level of water-proficiency and swimming ability, they will be sorted into classes ranging from beginner to competition-level.
To ensure every SONYC participant doesn't miss out on this opportunity to discover/encourage a love for the water, have them stop by the SONYC office to pick up a consent form and schedule their swimming assessment! SONYC CSS Aquatics Superstars Ahoy!
Our Future Cities and Engineering class entered the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Future City competition this year, and we couldn't be more proud! Our team placed 4th overall and came home with 4 awards. Way to go SONYC @ CSS team!