May 1, 2024

In this issue:

  • College Access impact stories
  • May clothing drive drop-off dates
  • Video: Rent Guidelines Board campaign
  • Program for Girls and Young Women STEM Series

Celebrating Student Success: Wilson and Kaiser Shine at Spring Benefit

New Settlement's inaugural spring benefit, held on April 21 at Yankee Stadium, was a momentous occasion with over $80,000 raised, but the highlight of the day was marked by inspiring speeches from two exceptional students: Wilson Francisco Rodriguez and Kaiser N. Gonzalez. 

Wilson's journey from the Dominican Republic to the United States three years ago is a testament to resilience. Overcoming financial limitations and citizenship barriers, he achieved early graduation from DreamYard Preparatory School in January 2024, making school history. Now, with the ongoing post-graduate support from his Success counselor, Wilson sets his sights on criminology, with applications in progress for BMCC and John Jay College. Wilson also finds joy in snowboarding, theater, and family time. 

Kaiser Gonzalez exemplifies leadership and service through his engagement in studies and dedication to the College Access Program. From varsity basketball to volunteering and mentoring, Kaiser's involvement is extensive. His achievements, including membership in the National Honor Society and participation in Model UN, culminate in his impending graduation this spring. Kaiser's journey with New Settlement has broadened his horizons, igniting a passion for computer science as he prepares to embark on his college journey at SUNY Binghamton. 

Wilson and Kaiser's stories underscore the transformative impact of education and the vital role of programs like New Settlement's. As College Decision Day nears, their successes inspire peers on their paths to higher education and fulfilling careers. We celebrate Wilson and Kaiser's achievements and eagerly anticipate their continued growth. 

To support initiatives like College Access and Success, and other programs empowering youth, please consider donating here.

CASA's Rent Guidelines Board Campaign

CASA's RGB campaign kicked off on April 30 with the preliminary vote in Queens. Residents and organizers rallied outside of LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.

There will be more actions planned through the month of May, leading up to the public hearings in the first month of June. Follow CASA @CASABronx to get more action announcements, send a DM with questions, or call our office line at 347-941-3281.

Bronx Helpers, our civics after-school program for middle school youth, is caring for a tree to make the community more GREEN. Seen at 1484 Inwood Ave., this Silver Maple was donated by the New York Restoration Project, and planting was possible thanks to support from Kaitlin Hiciano, Director of CHI.

Here's How Quickly a New Yorker Can Come to the Brink of Homelessness Gothamist 

Photo by David Brand, Gothamist



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