EA Awarded $1.3 Million from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance
Lower East Side, NY: Alan van Capelle accepts the grant from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.
New York, New York – February 27, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Educational Alliance Awarded $1.3 Million from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to Bolster Pioneering Two-Generation Education Program
The 128-year-old organization has led the way in a “whole family” approach to serving low-income New Yorkers in lower Manhattan, utilizing its programs as laboratories for developing new national models.
Lower East Side, NYC – The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded Educational Alliance (EA) with a $1.3 million grant today to bolster the organization’s transformative work strengthening lower Manhattan’s families. For more than a century, EA has led the way in pioneering programs like Head Start and Early Head Start for low-income families, and their groundbreaking Two-Generation Program, which puts the parents of Head Start kids back in school. This investment will greatly expand the reach of EA’s educational programming for children and their families, a key strategy in preventing crime among high-risk populations.
EA’s President & CEO Alan van Capelle said, “This historic level of funding for neighborhood-based organizations will have a transformational impact on the lives of countless families and every person in Manhattan will benefit from it. On behalf of the 50,000 New Yorkers we serve each year, Educational Alliance is proud to have received a $1.3 million grant to support our nationally recognized two-generation approach to early childhood education. This grant represents one of the largest investments in the nation to support this two-generation education model and we are proud to call District Attorney Vance our partner in this work.”
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said: “The role of law enforcement in the 21st century is not merely to arrest and prosecute. We can deliver greater public safety and healthier communities if we prevent young people from coming into contact with the justice system in the first place. The ill-gotten gains seized in our financial crime prosecutions represent a windfall opportunity to prevent crime by investing in our youth. I am thrilled to invest these funds in 100 of New York’s most venerable youth and family service organizations in East Harlem, Central and West Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Lower East Side. By creating attractive spaces offering one-stop resources and serving thousands of additional young people and families, we can help build the strongest generation of New Yorkers yet.”
The Family and Youth Development grant award comes as part of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative, which was created using criminal forfeiture funds – separate from the Office’s annual budget or taxpayer dollars – obtained through settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions, to provide grants for programs that improve public safety, prevent crime, and increase fairness in the criminal justice system. The award represents the largest single investment in EA’s two-generation program to date and will allow the organization to greatly expand its nationally recognized model, based on the philosophy that real change comes from supporting whole families in education and beyond.
Through this program, EA makes it possible for low-income adults to increase their education, support and encourage the education of their children, and at the same time, enhance their own earning potential, breaking the cycle of poverty and introducing a cycle of success. The organization takes a multi-service approach that works to address barriers to success and economic stability. A belief that parent engagement, economic stability and strong families impact children’s healthy development and academic success drives Educational Alliance’s two-generation work.
About Educational Alliance
Educational Alliance (www.edalliance.org) is a 128-year-old community based organization serving more than 50,000 New Yorkers. Providing services to people of all ages and backgrounds, their programs include an incredibly successful College Prep program where in a district with graduation rates as low as 37%, 100% of teenage College Prep participants graduate, go on to college, and receive financial aid. They are also the administrators of Head Start, Early Head Start, and Afterschool programs across lower Manhattan. Millions have been helped by EA’s programs including Karen Canella, a first generation immigrant who became the focus of a campaign EA led to restore NYC’s funding for teen programs. In recent weeks, EA has galvanized the community behind the recently launched “We the People” initiative, claiming lower Manhattan as a sanctuary from the hate and divisiveness that has spread across the nation in the wake of the recent election, leaving many of the vulnerable populations EA serves feeling anxious and scared.
Lower East Side, NY: One of Educational Alliance’s two-generation program participants.
Jake Link, Director of Communications