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Arts Westchester

imagesArtsWestchester is your connection to the arts, committed to ensuring that the arts are available and accessible to all of Westchester’s residents.

 

Keep Girls in School

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Keep Girls in School is an educational program for 130 girls in India, ages 10 to 16, at-risk for being sold into brothels. The organization runs a penpal email exchange matching the Indian girls with local women and girls, including a local afterschool program aimed at helping struggling American teens.

 

Volunteering

For those who feel themselves becoming disorganized with too much spare time, volunteering is an excellent, productive way to put those hours to use. Yet those who feel like there’s already too much going on, might feel like they just can’t afford to volunteer their time. It turns out, however, that your time is incredibly valuable to the organizations you help, to the tune of $20.85 per hour!

Volunteering can also be an investment towards contacts and connections that pay off later. Consider looking for volunteer or internship positions at an organization for which you’d like to work, or a similar company in the field.

Lastly, let your volunteer time be your fun time! Animal-lovers can get their fix by working at the local pet shelter or zoo, while art-lovers  should get in touch with the local museum or theater; volunteers often get to see the exhibit or performance for free!

 

 

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Pacer Center and the National Parent Technical Assistance Centers

The mission of The PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

Founded in 1977, The PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. PACER is staffed primarily by the parents of children with disabilities, and works in concert with 18 disability organizations. With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER’s work helps families in their home state of Minnesota, as well as across the nation. Local PACER centers work with other local parent action networks through the National Parent Technical Assistance Center.

The National Parent Technical Assistance Center is affiliated with local parent centers in every state nationwide. Most of these parent centers are volunteer-run with the specific mission of giving back to their community. You can find a local parent center here: www.parentcenternetwork.org/parentcenterlisting.html

This is a great opportunity for parents, family members, and loved ones to get involved in supporting those with learning disabilities. It’s also a great way to find the support that you need in your local community.

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