BROOKLYN NETS | NBA Star Helps Kids of Incarcerated Parents

Star basketball player Sean Kilpatrick visits CPNYC for an inspirational day.

This April, NBA star Sean Kilpatrick joined Starbucks employees, Sharon Content and additional volunteers in beautifying the Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) headquarters. Between an afternoon of painting, gardening and spring cleaning, the Brooklyn Nets player met with CPNYC participants and encouraged them to "keep following your dreams." 

ANDREW GILCHRIST

Andrew and Jaden have been mentor and mentee for many years, forming a unique and rewarding bond.
It’s an amazing experience. Jaden inspires me and it’s additionally inspiring to know that I inspire Jaden as well.

Date you became a mentor:
September 2013.

What inspired you to get involved with CPNYC?
I wanted to give something back to the community I lived in.

What is it like to be a mentor?
It’s an amazing experience. Jaden inspires me, and it’s additionally inspiring to  know that I inspire Jaden as well.

Share your most memorable moment as a mentor.
When we were at a Yankees game, Jaden turned to me and told me, “Andy, I like you man, I love hanging out with you.” On the way back from the game on the subway, Jaden fell asleep on my shoulder. I just about cried.

How has your mentee transformed in your time together?
Jaden is a young man now. He listens to me and looks up to me in ways he never had before.

What advice would you offer to future mentors?
Listen to them and they will listen to you.

VIACOMMUNITY DAY 2017

CPNYC participated in Viacommunity Day, during which the Bed-Stuy facility was impressively brightened up.

Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) was thrilled to participate in Viacommunity Day for the 6th consecutive year. On Friday morning, April 28th, we welcomed dozens of Viacom employees to our headquarters in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Thanks to their efforts, CPNYC's front entrance is now adorned with cheerful plants, the cafeteria is renewed with fresh coats of paint and the outdoor playground is brightened with spring color. This beautification will have an immediate impact on the hundreds of children and families who walk through our doors on a daily basis. 

SALON | “The Hate U Give”

Salon

Salon, an American news and opinion website, visits Children of Promise, NYC to speak with President, Sharon Content, and Vice President of Mental Health Services, Anna Morgan-Mullane, to discuss the current reality of the school-to-prison pipeline and the ways in which the organization provides tools of empowerment. 

BABATUNDE | Young Professionals Council Member

Babatunde, a young change maker, dedicates his time and energy to furthering CPNYC's mission.
As a former social worker, I have personally witnessed the long term effects of incarceration on families. My promise is to be an advocate, mentor and role model for our children.

How did you first find out about Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC)?
I was introduced to Children of Promise by Board Member Oma Holloway. We work together on various social, political and community efforts throughout central Brooklyn. 


What made you want to join the Young Professionals Council (YPC)?
I believe in the mission and vision of Children of Promise, NYC and wanted to help to raise awareness by using my personal and professional network to financially support the great work of the organization. 


What skills or assets do you bring to the team?
I feel that my varied service, problem solving and team building experience has been a valuable asset to the Children of Promise family. For almost two years, I've have had the opportunity to create, implement and produce fun and positive programs for the children we serve in our community.  
 

What have you found to be the most rewarding part of being on the YPC so far?
The most rewarding aspect of the YPC is being involved with a group of like minded young professionals dedicated to making a positive impact to the children of incarcerated parents
within my community of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  


Are you involved in CPNYC in any other capacities?
Recently, I organized a holiday gift drive with my fraternity and I also volunteer for the Saturday Resource Center. 

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COUNCIL | Pizza 4 Promise

CPNYC's Pizza 4 Promise event was a huge success, raising funds that will directly impact the lives of the children we serve.

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all those who joined us for #Pizza4Promise, the agency's first fundraising event of 2017. The evening was a tremendous success raising over $3,500 and attracting more than 200 people! While supporting the mission and work of CPNYC, guests enjoyed all-you-can-eat gourmet pizza and two free drinks. Many thanks to our sponsors: Fortina Pizza, Union Beer, Skurnik Wine, Coca Cola Beverages and Jarritos. 

#Pizza4Promise was hosted by CPNYC's Young Professional Council (YPC), a community of change makers who are committed to embracing and empowering children of incarcerated parents.

TIFFANY NESBIT | After-School Volunteer

Tiffany Nesbit volunteers her time to provide our children with support during the school week.
My mother was incarcerated when I was growing up. I understand what the CPNYC families are going through and wanted to offer my assistance to make their lives easier in any way I can.

Bio: Tiffany Nesbit was born and raised in the South Bronx but currently resides in Brooklyn. She is a fiction, fashion and beauty writer; educator; and editor currently working for New York State. Her passions include reading, writing, shopping, and traveling.

Date you started volunteering:
November 2015.

What inspired you to get involved with CPNYC?
My mother was incarcerated when I was growing up. I understand what the CPNYC families are going through and wanted to offer my assistance to make their lives easier in any way I can. I also think I am a good role model and want CPNYC students to see what they can achieve if they break the cycle.

How have you served as a volunteer?
I volunteer once a week, assisting group leaders with homework help and special activities such as art therapy, magic, and dance.

Share your most memorable moment as a volunteer.
For Christmas, CPNYC students were able to pick out two gifts and were featured on News 12. They were so excited that they were receiving more than one toy, and were over the moon when they heard they would be on TV. Their smiles have stayed with me since.

What are some lessons you have learned through this process?
Flexibility is key! It’s good to have a plan prepared for what you’d like to accomplish for the day, but you have to be able to read the room and make adjustments as necessary.

What advice would you offer to future volunteers?
Be open and honest. Children are able to tell when you’re not letting your true self show, and if they don’t feel that you are they won’t allow themselves to open up to you.