News Article: $35,000 community funding award!

Thus far, this year has definitely been a huge year in the success of our programming , and we're not done yet! Check out our second newspaper feature in City News of Co-op City. Looking forward to your feedback/comments!

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Article Highlights

  • $35,000 funding award from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. for the Career Education Program

  • Opportunity to give back to The Bronx community I was born and raised in

  • Educational programs in parentingwellness/nutrition, and career readiness, all free of costs

Article (transcribed)

The Equality Charter School, a trailblazer in adult education among the community’s schools, is proud of the opportunities for expanding horizons that are being offered at the school.

The programs are free of charge. They are open to all Co-op City shareholders and others living in the Bronx at PS 160, where the charter school’s intermediate school is housed.

Errol Olton, director of Adult Programming for the charter school, is looking forward to the exercise and healthy-food program, which will start on Nov. 10 with the help of a $35,000 grant from Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and a teen-safety program, run by the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.

The latter program, which will start on Nov. 7, will help parents and youngsters handle social behavior by providing key information about the social media, cyber influences, controlled substances, and the rise of bullying.

         More extensive adult-education programs, starting in January, will offer opportunities for Co-op City shareholders to get high-school diplomas and receive job-readiness training, Olton noted.

         Also planned are programs that aim to teach adults about how to make the most of the financial resources they have at their disposal.

         Like most other initiatives at the Equality Charter School, the adult-education program is the brainchild of Caitlin Franco, a founder of the school who serves as the overall director of the institution’s intermediate-school and high-school divisions.

         Olton, 28, the director for the adult-education component of the Equality Charter School, is a homegrown product of the Co-op City community, having lived in Section 5 his entire life.

         Olton, who started working at the local charter school upon his graduation from Lehman College eight years ago, said that his exposure to the local community and his friendships with many shareholders help him understand the kinds of adult programs wants and needs.

         For further information about the adult-education programs at the Equality Charter School, contact Olton at (718) 459-9597, extension 112.

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