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Pretty Big Movement, a Harlem dance troupe for plus-size women, leaps into Black Lives Matter activi

They began as a dance troupe to celebrate large and in-charge women — and now they’re taking to the streets for the greater good. Pretty Big Movement practices their mix of African dance and hip hop at the Harlem YMCA. Sonia Allen is the director of youth and family programming at the Harlem YMCA and a member of the dance troupe. She said that dancing is her passion. Read more…

Classes: Kids Yoga + Awesome Lacrosse + Mandarin For Little Ones

The YMCA believes that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, therefore, they focus their program delivery to NYC children and teens so they cultivate the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and enhanced educational achievement. Kids Yoga at the Harlem YMCA is a special program designed to foster a calm and relaxing environment for kids. Read more…

Con Ed execs, Queens natives honored by BAI

Two Con Edison employees and Queens natives recently were honored by the Harlem YMCA at its 45th annual National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry. Delfina Isaac is a section manager, leading a team that maintains and repairs the utility’s diverse and extensive vehicle fleet. Julius White, a Bronx resident who is from Laurelton, is the manager of stores operations. The program recognizes African Americans who are considered trailblazers in the corporate and industrial fields.They were among 22 recipients from Fortune 500 companies across the United States recognized at a ceremony in Manhattan last month. Read more…

Newly arrived immigrants navigate their first American Thanksgiving turkey and all

At an English-language conversation practice group at the Harlem YMCA in New York City, about a dozen immigrants compared their thoughts on Thanksgiving, which, to some, was still a bit mystifying. Thanksgiving is perhaps the quintessential immigrant holiday, with the kitchen and the dinner table providing edible manifestations of family traditions, geographical roots and the fusing and evolution of cultural identities. Chicken can stand in for turkey; sticky rice can replace mashed potatoes; the whole meal can revolve around a pot of gumbo or paella. Read more…

Adult literacy programs soldier on despite steep budget cuts

Central Harlem has some of the lowest education statistics in New York. Only 20 percent of Central Harlem’s residents aged 25 and up have a college degree, according to a 2006 Department of Mental Health and Hygiene report. This is less than half the rate in Manhattan, Furthermore, 22 percent of residents have not completed high school. Organizations like the YMCA and nonprofits such as Literacy Partners are dedicated to improving those numbers and boosting adult literacy in the community. Read more…