CHILDREN'S ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR YOUTH OF ALL ABILITIES
The Children's Enrichment Program for Youth of All Abilities provides a wide range of activities to youth, with a focus on the inclusion of children with special needs and illnesses. The program seeks to improve access of specific areas of study to children whose access has been limited due to their physical location, economic status, health status, and/or special needs. Examples of program activities include classes, workshops and seminars in the visual, literary, performing, and culinary arts, ballet classes, tutoring and homework support, reading assistance, career counseling, and standardized test preparation courses (specifically for the SAT). Health and wellness workshops featuring instruction in the practices of yoga, pilates, life skills building, nutrition, outdoor tasks, and self defense are elements of the program. Parents and caregivers are welcome to participate in the program, so as to provide parents and caregivers with the support they need to integrate various skills and practices into their daily lives. The program is run throughout the New York Metropolitan area in conjunction with local schools and extracurricular educational institutions as well as at the DeVito Watson Foundation Center in the rural Hudson Valley. Ongoing courses, such as the SAT Preparation Course, are also available via livestream platforms. The program is offered for free to all participants.
GOLDEN YEARS PROGRAM
The Golden Years Program supports the specific needs of seniors in the New York Metropolitan area as well as in the Hudson Valley. The program enables participants to receive assistance with the preservation of their health and wellness, while maintaining control of their independence. The program provides an inviting and enjoyable atmosphere where seniors feel embraced and appreciated as active members of a thriving community, rather than an environment where seniors feel forgotten or as if their autonomy is at risk. The program provides innovative solutions to assist seniors in meeting their mobility, wellness, nourishment, socialization, and personal care needs. Physical health is addressed through functional mobility classes and senior movement classes (such as chair yoga, gentle stretching and strengthening, and low impact dance). Psychological and social wellness is addressed through meet-and-greet events, celebratory gatherings, holiday festivities, bucolic retreats, and storytelling workshops. The program also works to keep family members and friends of the participating seniors engaged through the utilization of technology platforms, defying geographical limitations. The program features nutritional support, meal delivery, weekly check-ins, assistance with medical appointment scheduling, spiritual counseling, nurse consultations by phone, a 24-7 emergency line and aide visitation by appointment, at the request of the participant. Program participation is customized to fulfill the particular needs of the participant. The program components are offered at the DeVito Watson Foundation Center as well as off-site, so as to enable the participation of seniors who may be residents of Nursing Homes, Senior Living Facilities or homebound. The program is offered for free to all participants.
VETERANS SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Veterans Support Program offers ongoing assistance and recognition to those who have served in the United States armed forces. The program aids veterans in obtaining occupations and housing. By offering a hands-on direct approach, veterans are supported during their transition into life after service. Assistance with resume building, submission of job applications, interview training, and housing acquisition assistance are at the forefront of this program. Support is also made available to program participants once they have achieved their employment or housing goal, providing them with ongoing resources. The program consists of seminars, workshops and individual meetings with local veterans. In addition to being assisted in their occupational and housing endeavors, veterans are directly honored as part of the program. Events are held in deep gratitude of the noble service that the program participants have performed. The program is offered throughout the New York Metropolitan area, at the DeVito Watson Foundation Center in the Hudson Valley, or remotely via technology platforms. The program is offered to all participants free of charge.
The Scholarship-Mentoring Program provides annual scholarships in the following four categories:
- Academic Performance
- Artistic Performance
- Community Service
- Special Needs