Colored fabrics, purple bowls full of scissors, and multicolored skeins of yarn crowd tables at 83 West Workshops. Here, art therapy workshops and retreats help attendees navigate the emotional landscapes of their lives. Participants make collages and connect with others during the instructor-led sessions.
Five tennis matches in two days decide the winner of the first round of the 2012 Fed Cup, where the 17-time champion U.S. team attempts to rebound from last season. Saturday's pair of singles matches and Sunday's one doubles and two singles bouts help fans forget about the weather outside the DCU Center's walls and look forward to the return of geese laying tennis balls in city parks. The U.S. team, featuring Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Christina McHale, Liezel Huber, and Sloane Stephens, face the world's No. 3–ranked Victoria Azarenka and her Belarusian brethren. Serena's vicious serve has scooped up 498 career singles victories and 27 Grand Slam titles and forged her status as a legend of the hard court. The team keeps its fingers crossed that her famously strong forehand and deft network can bag the U.S. one of the three wins needed to bury the Belarusians and convince Italy to stop making fun of its sweatbands.
In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs, and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
As America's largest charity rater, Charity Navigator serves more than three million unique visitors each year, impacting approximately $10 billion of charitable donations. The organization’s rating methodology focuses on not only the financial health and analysis of a charity's performance, but also on each charity's accountability and transparency. The system helps donors make knowledgeable, empowered decisions about how to invest their philanthropic dollars, while in turn helping charities maximize their social impact and fundraising efforts.
As part of its Youth Engagement Zone (YEZ) program, buildOn will host three school-wide service days at Mott Hall High School in The Bronx, New York. The program will integrate service learning into the classroom and coordinate afterschool programming for at least 150 young people who will perform community service in their neighborhoods, with ongoing weekend and weekday opportunities throughout the year. The service-learning activities build relationships between students and adults and foster a connection to the broader community. Through the YEZ program, students will perform more than 10,000 hours of community service. With funding aid, buildOn can support student-led projects with transportation and supplies such as paintbrushes and tools.