“From Poverty to Opportunity” Symposium Series

From Poverty to Opportunity Symposium Series Intro boxFrom Poverty To Opportunity, a symposium organized by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to mark the 50th anniversary of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, took place at New York Law School on August 12, 2014.  DYCD partnered with the New York State Department of State, the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA), New York Law School, Modell’s Sporting Goods, and Healthfirst, to discuss ways to overcome and combat poverty.

The program featured experts from a number of non-profit agencies that receive federal Community Services Block Grant funding through DYCD, as well as local, state, and federal government officials.  Panel discussions were grouped thematically into three “tracks’ – Youth Services, Adult Services, and Immigrant Services.  Specific topics included after school programs, housing, health care, job readiness, working with immigrant parents, and services for victims of human trafficking, among others.  More than 300 people attended this all-day event.  The DYCD symposium is one of several different statewide public events that NYSCAA is presenting throughout New York, with each event focusing on poverty and issues that commonly arise out of poverty.

Several NYLS students and contributors to JustFamilies.org attended and reported on different panels that took place during the symposium.  We will be posting articles on the event over the next several weeks as part of a series.

To see the program from the event, please click here.

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NYSCAA Chief Executive Officer Karla Digirolamo, Secretary of State Cesar Perales, DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong, and NYLS Dean and President Anthony Crowell.

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DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong.


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NYLS student volunteers Monika Amirian, Catherine Barreda, Rita Vega, Danielle Edrich, Sara Nassof and Yusra Matari.

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More than 300 people attended the symposium.