Volunteer Spotlight: Adolescent Skills Center
The Adolescent Skills Center, a GED program located in the South Bronx, began working with
Project Sunshine in April 2012 to provide special volunteer opportunities for their students. The
students face many obstacles and challenges in their lives, including finding employment. By
volunteering with Project Sunshine they are able to develop their volunteer experience to add
to their credentials. They specifically chose Project Sunshine because the students could identify
with the cause of helping children in need. "The projects are always fun as well as fulfilling," one
vocational counselor explained. "The students feel like they are helping someone in need and
love the feeling of bringing a smile to a child or teen."
The students at the Adolescent Skills Center spent this past summer making Friendship Bracelet
Craft Kits for children in the Project Sunshine program. A small group of students, including Joel
Marte and Jimmy Velez (pictured), and staff members worked daily throughout the summer
creating these individualized Craft Kits for children facing medical challenges. Now that the
school year is back in session, students get together on Wednesdays to make Craft Kits for a few
hours every week.
Collectively the group has made over 190 craft kits over the past several months. Their efforts
have spread joy and happiness to the children who received their craft kits.
"We love Project Sunshine because they work tirelessly for a great cause�helping to bring hope
and a smile to children in need. We always have a great time working on their projects. We set
up a movie, pop some popcorn, and start our assembly line putting together craft kits!"
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