Family Dynamics Cornerstone Community Centers Thriving
August 5, 2014 / Independent Youth News
This year, Family Dynamics opened two Cornerstone Community Centers in Brooklyn – Stuyvesant Gardens in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Albany Community Center in Crown Heights. Both have become focal points for families living in the area.
The Centers are currently holding summer camps for children 5-12 years old. The two camps serve 126 kids and run through the end of August, when they will hold year-end celebrations to highlight what they have accomplished and learned. Each day is packed with activities for the young campers like reading, art, recreation and computers that keep them active and engaged. They also go on a variety of field trips throughout the summer to museums, parks and other fun places where they get to see and experience new things.
“We try to plant words of inspiration in the children,” says Stuyvesant Gardens Program Director Tashia King. “Parents have told me their kids come home saying ‘I’m a leader.’”
The Cornerstone Community Centers are not just for younger children; they provide something for everyone. When the summer camp day ends, the Centers open up to middle school children, where they find a safe, inviting place to relax, socialize, play games and have fun. Teens and adults are welcome later in the evenings and they take full advantage of the resources available – utilizing the computer rooms in both Centers, as well as the exercise room in the Albany Community Center, complete with weights, treadmills and stationary bikes.
Getting to this point has taken a lot of effort by Community Center staff. They needed to develop a trust with the families they serve. “We have so much to offer and the parents are responding,” says Edith Parker, Program Director at Albany Community Center. “We’re promoting positive change.”
In September, the Centers’ after-school programs will begin, offering homework help, computer hour, arts, drama and more.
View photos from both Centers’ 2014 summer programs below (click to enlarge).
Albany Community Center
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