Happy summer! We at Cypress Hills are now in full summer mode. In fact, July 1 was the start of summer camp season. More than 840 Cypress Hills children are enrolled in our summer camps, enjoying the chance to learn, play sports, garden, and take field trips. Another 400 young people have jobs through our Summer Youth Employment Program.
And I have even better news to report: The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) allocated us 100 more positions, which means that we were able to place another 100 young people, 14-24, in jobs for the summer. These jobs are so vital to our community and young people. For many of them, it’s a milestone: their very first job.
I also wanted to thank everyone who supported us during our annual Spring Benefit. The event was a great success and we raised more than $44,000 for our organization. I cannot thank you enough as we count on these contributions to continue to make a difference in our community.
Please enjoy this latest newsletter and, as always, thank you for believing in our work and in Cypress Hills. May your summer be filled with friends, family, and fun.