Located here in Harlem, the Northside Center for Child Development is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children.Â Northside is a long-standing Harlem agency serving thousands of children in the community. Â It was founded in 1946 by Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark who were famous for the "doll study" that helped to desegregate schools through the Brown vs Board of Education ruling.Â They provide behavioral health and education services to children from birth through age 18 from Harlem and the South Bronx.
I recently got the chance to visit their headquarters and spoke to the Executive Director, Dr. Thelma Dye, about children and nutrition. I'm excited to see how we can work together in the coming months, particularly with their Cook Shop- a program that helps young children learn about food and nutrition.Â Recently, the Center launched Teen Battle Chef, which promotes greater understanding of the culture of cuisines and healthful eating by bringing groups of kids together in a friendly competition to make the best regional recipe.
We were also honored to have the Northside Center host their fundraiser last MondayÂ at Red Rooster, in our new Ginny's Supper Club.Â Nearly 100 people came to support the Northside Center, and specifically the Jane Allen Emil Children's Library.Â In the words of one child member, the Children's Library is "a sacred place, a place away from the streets, violence, and teasing."
Our signature Rooster drinks and food was served to the guests as a jazz quartet performed. As Northside's Director of Development, Marie-Louise Stegall, stated "As expected, the event was a terrific success.Â We were thrilled since the benefit raises essential funds for our Jane Allen Emil Children's Library."
Photos:Â Debbie Miracolo
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