Since the start of the pandemic, NAC practitioners have been at the frontline, delivering critical services to every client and family - either through remote calls or in-person visits. Staff is working tirelessly to ensure the mental and physical well-being of our children and youth. We believe, more than ever, this is a time to make sure kids keep active.
In response to COVID-19, NAC has launched an initiative called "Let’s Get Moving"! We are compiling a selection of instructional Exercise, Dance and Yoga videos to help get pre-K, Elementary, Middle and High School kids moving! Whatever your passion may be, we would love to receive videos encouraging NAC children to keep mentally and physically fit, either at home or in a (socially distanced) outdoor space.
To become a virtual volunteer, just follow these simple steps: 1. Record an Exercise, Dance and Yoga instructional video, perhaps some soccer or basketball drills, or even meditation. 2. Remember to introduce yourself at the start of the video with your First Name. 3. Many of our children are wheelchair users, so exercises for those with limited mobility would be greatly appreciated. 4. When you have finished your recording, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 5. After we receive your email, we will send instructions on "How To Upload" your story.
NAC is a child welfare agency that offers strength-based social services, medical and mental healthcare and a wide variety of wrap-around services. We serve families that have at least one child with special needs, often in combination with mental health, behavioral and/or developmental diagnoses as well.
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New Alternatives for Children (NAC) is a unique, award-winning child welfare agency offering strength-based social services, medical and mental healthcare and a wide variety of wrap-around services. We serve families that have at least one child with special needs, often in combination with mental health, behavioral and/or developmental diagnoses as well. NAC’s mission is to achieve safety, permanency and well-being within a family, for children who are at risk of abuse and/or neglect and have special medical and/or mental health needs among other challenges.
Annually, NAC serves over 2,000 children (nearly 1,200 of whom are medically fragile in addition to more than 800 siblings) along with their parents and other family members. The children referred to NAC are medically complex and their birth families have devastating social problems. Their circumstances include poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, immigration and language barriers, parental illness, mental health problems and illiteracy. NAC's children may use wheelchairs or be dependent on medical technology in order to live. They may have HIV/AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, respiratory or cardiac problems or spina bifida, among other diagnoses. Growing numbers have asthma, diabetes and diagnoses on the autism spectrum. Some of the children have spent years growing up in the hospital, others have had more surgeries than birthdays, experienced fragmented health services, prolonged hospital visits, and/or medical and educational neglect.
Despite these challenges, NAC has outstanding outcomes and is one of the highest evaluated programs by the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) among all NYC child welfare agencies (including those serving non-medically fragile children).
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This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.