Project Community Gears Up for a Landmark 35th Year
By Carly Snarr
2019 - A Banner Year for Project Community
The spring of 2019 brought out the largest attendance yet to our 5th annual Color Run, with over 600 participants. Project CHILDD (Community Help In Learning about Developmental Disabilities), with locations in the Bronx and Pelham, continued to bless the lives of children, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities, as well as their families. Throughout the school year our innovative education programs, Rewind I: Binge Drinking & Rewind II: Sexual Assault, gave teens and young adults the “Knowledge to Navigate” life’s toughest challenges. They were given the tools needed to intervene and save lives. And we were so proud of our founder, Dr. Anne Frost, for being honored as a Person of the Year by the Pelham Civic Association in November.
We were thrilled at the recognition our visionary programs received by such esteemed colleagues in the community.
Communities Coming Together!
We truly could not have accomplished any of this without the concerted efforts of so many in our surrounding communities, including countless volunteers, teen mentors, our compassionate and dedicated nurses, our spirited participants and their wonderful families, and of course, the sponsors and donors who have supported Project Community’s mission from 1985 through today. We are so appreciative and grateful for communities who come together to support the children and youth. This is just the beginning. We are so excited to share what we have in store for 2020!
January Launches Our 35th Year
What started out as the Nurses Network of America in 1985 has evolved into Project Community today. We look forward to kicking off our anniversary year by celebrating with many of our supporters and participants. This May brings the ever popular Color Run to Pelham for its 6th year. We anticipate an even larger group than last year!
Stephen Dolan, Board Member, and this year’s chair of the Color Run, says “Quickly becoming a Pelham tradition the Board of Project Community is very proud to host this wonderful event. The Color Run Junior Committee, comprising of Sophia Leung, Ellianna Bryan, Maya Spunburg and Kathryn Alexander will be hard at work over the next few months to ensure a fantastic event. We are lucky to have this group of future leaders lending a hand. We can’t wait for May 17th.”
Two New Innovative Education Programs
Project Community is excited to launch two new programs which will follow in the visionary footsteps of our Rewind programs, by providing teens and young adults with the “Knowledge to Navigate” more of life’s tough challenges: Anxiety & Perceptions: Don’t Believe Everything You Think. The Anxiety program clarifies understanding of origins, effects and solutions for successful problem solving of this growing epidemic. Our Perceptions program supports strategies for self awareness and the relationship to stereotyping and bullying. These new programs will add another layer of guidance for our teens and young adults and we look forward to presentations in the middle schools, high schools, colleges, and communities of the tri-state area.
The Best Is Yet To Come!
Project CHILDD anticipates continued growth in 2020. With programs in Pelham and the Bronx we look forward to bringing more children and teens with developmental disabilities, and their families, into our fold. We invite teens in the area to apply to be mentors in this wonderful program. It is a fabulous way to provide service to the children, families and communities. Teen mentors as well as Project CHILDD participants are encouraged to visit ProjectCommunity.us for all necessary dates and registration forms.
Project Community is gearing up for a landmark 35th year and we hope you will join us on the journey. Visit projectcommunity.us for more information.