Community Involvement and Advocacy

For over twelve years Unity has worked in collaboration with the Albert Einstein Medical College with their third year medical students. The students are assigned to Unity Neighborhood Center for a four week internship. The students in conjunction with the staff develop programs that will help the children and their families learn more about their health and how to stay healthy. We continue to focus on healthy eating and engage our children in discussions about obesity and what food groups are best for them and their family to stay healthy.

The Board of Directors has taken a keen look at the high rate of unemployment in our community and has created a committee to help locate employment opportunities. We continue to be amazed that so many of our young adults have not tapped into civil service resources for employment opportunities. In the next few weeks we will be hosting workshops on jobs in the city that are available and assisting with some limited training.

We continue to be a presence in the Haffen Park area, the site of the painful death of one of our youth almost two years ago. We have assisted the volunteer "Friends of Haffen Park" with an on-site worker to create a safe haven Monday-Friday for our children who visit the park. We have activities in the Park house for fifteen hours a week during the afterschool hours as well as Saturday activities.

"I Want My Daddy"

"I Want My Daddy" is a program especially developed to work with young males ages 17-25 who are fathers. The program is designed in a series of workshops to provide counseling training and resources for men in the above age range. We think that one of the best ways to create a positive relationship between young fathers and their children is to start providing them with support at the onset of fatherhood. There is a small stipend and refreshments at each meeting to encourage them to participate. Guest speakers and counselors will be invited to make presentations on all aspects of fathering and nurturing a child. This program is being offered in the Boston Secor Public Houses. The address of the site is 3475 Bivona Street. I Want My Daddy parenting program is free to all males that live in the Bronx and is funded by The New York Yankees Benefit Program.