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  Apr 08 2020 . Harlem, New York, NY, USA


Thank you for your support 

Thanks to your support we are in the position to serve our youth during these challenging times.

What will we do with your generous donations?

On March 20, New York City went on Pause, and on Saturday, March 21, IMPACT quickly responded by moving its workshops online. IMPACT Leadership, Staff, Alumni and guests crafted a program for our youth and supported them through these challenging times. Issues addressed were Health safety, education, and emotional needs.

We are currently serving over 30 youths in our bi-weekly sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Until the end of the school year, Wednesday programs are two hours – with the focus on our "Check In" – how our members are doing, what their issues are, and what support do they need. The second part of Wednesday sessions is education-based. Short term – do our members need tutoring or help on a school subject, and long-term planning – Jordan Isler, Director of Programming and IMPACT Rep College Prep, maintains progress on members' college goals.

Saturday's programs are more intensive, with all IMPACT staff on hand: Jamal Joseph, Executive Artistic Director & Founder, Dietrice Bolden, Managing Director, Carlton Taylor, Artistic Director, Malik Bedford, Director of Drama and Nicole Acy, Director of Choreography. IMPACT alumni and special guests join our leadership and staff.

Our Saturday sessions run from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM and start with a ten-minute Ubuntu based on focusing the virtues of compassion and humanity. Afterward, our youth do a twenty-minute Yoga workout. At 11:30 AM, a themed Workshop starts, each week, various instructors and guests lead on different subjects: DRAMA, WRITING, MUSIC THEORY, and DANCE. After a short break, the next workshop section focuses on Leadership and Creative Writing.

A recent Saturday leadership workshop led by Managing Director Dietrice Bolden and IMPACT alumnae Yvette Overton and Zipporah Gatling, was devoted to Women of IMPACT: Affirmations, female leadership from slavery to now.

IMPACT Alumna Yvette Overton (University of Maryland, BS Community Health, Johns Hopkins, Master of Health Science Epidemiology, currently working in the health profession) has been essential in the creation of our STEAM themed workshop on Health Science and Covid-19 issues.

This past Saturday, Executive Artistic Director & Founder Jamal Joseph led a Town Hall workshop on protest and police brutality.

And in June and July, our STEAM workshops will focus on Technology and Social Protest, led by Clayton Banks, founder of Silicon Harlem.

What is going on at IMPACT Safe Space while we are virtual?

An essential part of IMPACT has always been providing nutritional education and meals to our members. IMPACT, in partnership with The Harlem Chamber of Commerce Community Food Feed, continues this initiative.

On Wednesdays at 1 PM, Managing Director Dietrice Bolden meets IMPACT community members in need of food at our SafeSpace to distribute 25 to 30 bags of food provided by The Harlem Chamber of Commerce Community Food Feed. As Dietrice says, "these are heavy bags - filled with nutritious foods, canned, dry and fresh. Our members also have access to the Hot Meal program at the Salem Methodist Church."

Again, we want to say thank you for your support of these programs.

Positive thoughts and much love,

Mary Jane Marcasiano, IMPACT Director of Development

Jamal Joseph, IMPACT Executive Artistic Director & Founder

Voza Rivers, Executive Producer, New Heritage Theatre Group

Susan Penzner, Chair IMPACT Advisory Board

And the entire IMPACT Family.