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Star Learning Volunteers Recognized by Mayor’s Office Congratulations to three Star Learning Center tutors and the program’s volunteer librarian, who’ve been honored by the Mayor’s Office and the NYC Service Mayoral Service Recognition Program for their exceptional commitment! These certificates are awarded to individuals who volunteer 100 or more hours with an organization in a […]

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The Science of Ice Cream: Our Smallest Students Tackle Big Ideas

What’s the difference between animate and inanimate? What are the states of matter, and how do they change?  These aren’t questions from the AP Science test—they’re issues being pondered by pre-schoolers in our Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs. Using a curriculum called ScienceStart!, our ECE teachers have been teaching the children about scientific inquiry.  “The whole system is […]

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What Do New Yorkers Need in a Pandemic? “Everything.”

When New York City falls on hard times, staffers at our Resource Center are among the first to know. The Resource Center offers assistance with critical needs—from food stamps to rental assistance to healthcare—so it hears directly from people who need help.  These days, a lot of people need help.  “It’s overwhelming,” said Resource Center […]

Senior Center Activities

Day Time Program Contact Login Monday 10 AM Zumba with Uniqua Claudia Cordova212 8736600 Click here to join Zumba with UniquaMeeting ID: 926 8693 2086Call in: 646 558 8656 11 AM Latino Dance withLeonardo Sardella Milagros Betancourt212-874- 0860 x 4912 Click here to joinLatino DanceMeeting ID: 847 6246 6759Call in: 646 558 8656 Tuesday 10 […]

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Remembering David Cully

We at Goddard Riverside were saddened to learn about the passing of David Cully, our 2017 Gala honoree. A lifelong book-lover, Cully worked his way up through Barnes & Noble, Simon & Schuster, Putnam Berkley Publishing Group, and Waldenbooks before becoming president of Baker & Taylor in 2017. But we will always remember him as […]

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A New Safe Haven Opens—and One’s on the Way

At Goddard, we believe deeply that housing is the solution to homelessness. That’s why we’re excited to introduce two new Safe Havens that will help people take those first crucial steps away from life on the streets and toward permanent housing.  The first, The Baxter, opened this month in Elmhurst. It’s our first-ever program in Queens. Eventually it will offer 75 beds, but […]

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NORC Volunteers Step Up

When COVID Changed the Rules, They Became a Key Link When our West Side NORC was chosen to participate in Older Adults Strengthening Communities—a special initiative of the United Neighborhood Houses of New York—NORC Director Nina Kaminsky saw an opportunity. She decided to design a project to recruit volunteers to help spread the word about the NORC and expand its membership. Little did she know that within a year, […]

Helping Your Child — and Yourself — Cope with Covid Trauma

Helping Your Child—and Yourself—Cope with COVID Trauma

Ask Marina Fradera about going to Goddard Riverside Head Start as a child, and the memories come tumbling out.  “I remember the location feeling mysterious. I remember feeling scared but excited to go. My grandfather would walk me every day and that was always a pleasant thing.” Fradera loved her classroom and the things it […]

Celebrate the Season with our Young People’s Chorus

Buy tickets for Once Upon the Holidays here. It’s holiday time and Karla Dionicio is ready to sing. “We’re going to do Christmas songs like Fa La La La La, La La La La!” she says excitedly.  Dionicio is a member of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City at Goddard Riverside, one of […]

Two Books About Youth Claim Our Social Justice Book Prizes

Many of our programs at Goddard Riverside are focused on maximizing opportunities for young people. So it’s appropriate that both of our book prizes this year went to works addressing youth and the challenges they face. Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection won the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice, […]