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IHDF National Board Visits East Harlem Program Site


In 2012, "I Have A Dream"-New York (IHDF-NY) launched a new Dreamer cohort at Public School 7, a Harlem-based elementary school located just minutes from the site where founder Eugene Lang started IHDF's very first program. This year, to kick off their annual retreat, IHDF national board members visited the East Harlem site, where IHDF-NY Executive Director, Thierry Cazeau, and Program Director, Nancy Restrepo Wilson, described their multi-faceted approach to student development.

Strong collaborative partnerships with the school principal, faculty, and, of course, families, undergird the East Harlem IHDF program. With a background in social work, mental health, and education, Ms. Restrepo Wilson developed a comprehensive approach that addresses Dreamers' academic and social-emotional needs. The program's Academic Director, Angela Wyche, works closely with Dreamers and teachers to ensure students receive the supports needed to succeed in the classroom. IHDF team members are fully integrated into the Dreamers' schooling experience and even assist with parent-teacher conferences, providing translation services and working closely with families to determine how they can best support their children as they embark on the path to college.

Principal Sameer Talati noted that IHDF's unique approach to implementation distinguishes the organization and is a critical factor in the Dreamers' progression. We look forward to seeing how this program continues to develop over the years and thank IHDF-NY for giving us an inside look at their impressive program. To learn more about the "I Have A Dream"-New York affiliate, please visit www.ihaveadreamny.org.


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