On Thursday, April 28th, Tuesday’s Children hosted their 9th annual Take Our Children to Work Day. Over 100 children participated in the national day going to over 25 corporate placements. Children were able to participate in an actual work day experience in a profession of interest.
Corporate placements included: Armani Exchange, American Express, Beacon Restaurant, CBS, Coach, Coffey Inc, DKNY, Emmis/Kiss FM Radio, FDNY, Friars Club, Goldman Sachs, Humane Society of New York, LinkedIn, Lippe Taylor, Michael Kors, MTV, Myriad Restaurant Group, NBC, National Hockey League, Madison Square Garden, NYPD, Ogilvy and Mather, Silverstein Properties, Teen Vogue and Zenith Optimedia.
During the afternoon, The Friars Club hosted a lunch for the parents. Over 40 parents were treated to a delicious three course meal and a comedy show featuring hilarious comedians including Award Winning Comedian John Pizzi.
A FDNY participant said, “It was amazing, best day of the year. We tried on gear, slid down poles and learned things about the fire truck”. Kaylee, a CBS employee said, “It was a real treat having them here for the day and we were honored to host the group”.
Thanks to our corporate hosts and volunteer chaperones for making the day another success!
How to Help
Tuesday's Children initiatives are funded by the generous contributions of individual, foundation and corporate sponsors. All contributions are channeled into programs and services that have a direct impact on our children and families.
You can impact the quality of life, healing, and resiliency of individuals, families, and children impacted by the events of September 11, 2001 in several ways:
- Donate now and support Tuesday’s Children’s programs and services.
- Honor someone with a tribute or memorial gift.
- Remember us in your will or estate plans.
- Set up a recurring donation.
- Ask your employer to consider Corporate Sponsorship or employee donation matches for contributions to Tuesday’s Children.
- Support a member of our Endurance Team.
Raise Awareness and Show Your Support
- Sign up for Tuesday’s News on our homepage and forward it to your friends and family.
- Have a presentation at your school and ask your classmates/school club to sponsor a child from overseas for Project COMMON BOND. Ask us how.
- In lieu of gifts for your birthday, communion, wedding, etc., ask friends to make a donation to Tuesday’s Children in your honor. Ask us how.
- Run, swim or bike in an endurance event with Team Tuesday's Children. Ask us how.
- Host your own fundraiser. Ask us how.
- Attend a special event.
Tuesday's Children is always looking for dedicated volunteers in the following areas:
- Fundraising and Events
- Become a Mentor. Ask us how.
Tuesday's Children is a registered 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
More information about Tuesday's Children finances can be found at Guidestar. Go to Guidestar now >
I’ve been accepted at two schools that I really like, but I can’t decide between them. What kinds of things should I consider in order to decide?
Here’s a question we were asked recently, one that we find many seniors struggling with now that college decisions have been announced. The date is approaching when you must finally decide “where to go”: May 1. If you didn’t apply Early Decision and get accepted earlier in the admissions process, now is when you will have to put down a deposit at one college and make your plans for this fall. Perhaps you have been able to narrow your decision to two schools, or perhaps there are three or more attractive acceptance offers competing for your attention. What should you do to make the best decision you can?
First of all, try to decrease the weight or importance of this decision in your life. This is not necessarily a “forever” decision. You are not choosing your life partner, or where you will live for the rest of your life. The most important thing for your future is not where you are going to college, but the fact that you are going to college in the first place. If you do well and graduate from the college you pick, you will be more likely to have career success, a decent lifestyle, and higher levels of personal intellectual and social development. You will continue on your journey toward becoming a life-long learner. In the worst case, if you choose a college that turns out not to be a great fit, you can transfer to another institution.
That said, your goal is clearly to narrow the odds of choosing a place that is a bad fit. We hope you have already decreased that likelihood by developing an appropriate college list of institutions that could each work for you, though perhaps in different ways. Thus, you probably can’t make a “bad” choice right now. You should know that the most important factors in college success include finding the right academic program, getting great faculty and teaching, and interacting with the right students that fit your personality and interests.
Academic program is key, and, even if you don’t know exactly what you want to study, you should spend a lot of time on the colleges’ Web sites delving into what they have to offer in your likely areas of interest. What classes can you take? What special programs are available? Internships? Study abroad? Research opportunities with faculty? What classes must you take in order graduate, both in and out of your major? How do these general distribution requirements vary from school to school? Consider emailing, calling, or talking in person with representatives of departments or programs (whether artistic, musical, theatrical, athletic, or academic) of interest to learn more about them.
Great teaching will help you succeed and keep you engaged in your learning. Look at data the colleges offer about faculty-student ratios, class sizes, use of teaching assistants, and so on. What will your learning experience be like? Talk with students on campus or through phone calls and chats – some colleges are having students call accepted applicants and/or are making students available online – to ask about their academic experience and their faculty. Our experience shows that if you have good faculty and the right academic program, you are much more likely to do well and persist in your college.
Whom you study with and engage with outside of class (remember, most of your college time is not spent in the classroom, which is a big difference from high school) strongly impacts your happiness and connectedness. If you are not happy socially, then you are unlikely to do your best in your classes, and are more likely to seek a transfer. Thus, revisits to campus to see and interact with current students and other admitted applicants will help you to see what it’s really like. Sit in on a class if you can. Eat lunch in a cafeteria. Stay after 10PM and see what’s happening at night. Go to a sports game. Do some of the things you’d likely be doing as a student and see what your prospective peers are like.
Put these three big factors together and make a list of pros and cons for each of your college choices. Sometimes the obvious one emerges, and other times you really will be torn. The key is to do what you can now to make the best decision possible given what you know, what you are able to learn, and what you know about yourself at this stage in your life. You’ll notice we have left food, fancy dorm rooms, climbing walls, and other elements off this list. That’s because those aspects of college life really aren’t that important in the long run. Size of the school, proximity to a city, on-campus versus off-campus living, Greek life, and so on, can make a difference, to be sure, but you will likely have thought through some of those factors as you shaped your list. Financial aid and the Total Cost of Attendance at difference colleges also could be a factor for you and your parents to consider, but that’s a subject for another day. So, open your mind, take in a lot of information, and combine your instinctive feeling about your choice with as much rational analysis as possible. Trust yourself. You’ll make a good decision
A Special Opportunity for Tuesday's Children
From The World Scholar-Athlete Games!
The World Scholar-Athlete Games, considered by many to be the most acclaimed youth sports/arts event in the world, has set aside spots for Tuesday's Children, ages 15 to 19, to participate in this summer's Scholar-Athlete Games.
The World Scholar-Athlete Games will welcome delegations from approximately 160 countries and all 50 states. Past speakers have included Bill Clinton and Senator Bill Bradley.
The program, to be held on the University of Hartford campus and throughout Greater Hartford, runs from June 26 to July 4. Tuition for the entire nine days, including all meals, is $750. This low tuition cost is due to the generosity of the Atlantic Philanthropies, major supporter of the Scholar-Athlete Games.
The event will include the participation in the inaugural World Youth Peace Summit. General Powell says of the program, "This is one of the most compelling peace initiatives I have seen in years. Dan Doyle and his team are on an historic mission toward world peace." During his keynote speech at the last World Scholar-Athlete Games, President Bill Clinton said, "Extraordinary! I wish there ahd been a Scholar-Athlete Games in my youth."
Helping Heals 2011
Tuesday's Children's Helping Heals program provides international, domestic and local community service programs for teens and adults impacted by September 11, 2001. Over the past few years, this program has taken family members to Costa Rica, South Carolina, Texas and Louisiana to help others in need.
This week, our teens are in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi helping families in need by building and painting homes. They have given up their vacation in order to take this trip as they remember all too well how individuals both nationwide and worldwide reached out to them in their time of need.
The week has continued with evidence of much progress. The teens have painted, put in flooring, installed walls and are now working on framing for the roof! The team has been able to build the house from the ground up - it is truly a labor of love.
Wednesday, February 23rd
Today resembled yesterday for the most part. Turns out the home the teens were working on yesterday is a duplex, so the team had a lot more work to do in order to finish the home. They continued to build and install the interior walls. Proving that Helping Heals is not all work and no play everyone went bowling tonight to unwind!
Tuesday, February 22nd
Today the team spent the day hammering! They worked at a new house at the construction site. Luckily they were able to meet the gentleman who will one day inhabit the home. Having the opportunity to meet the beneficiary of their work left the team very inspired and even more driven to work hard. Most of the day was spent building and installing the interior walls of the home.
Monday, February 21st
Despite arriving in Mississippi at 11:00 pm last night due to flight delays, our teens were energized and ready to get to work at the construction site bright and early this morning at 8:00 am. After a brief orientation, the teens began priming and painting three different homes. They were able to get two coats on two homes and one coat on the third. The team will be moving to different sites throughout their time in Mississippi allowing them to experience all aspects of home building!