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A young woman leans forward in a friendly way and looks into the eyes of an older adult while painting her nails

A Touch of Beauty from GlamourGals

It was midday, and the Art Room at the Isaacs Center was buzzing. Older Adult Center members sat on one side of a long table draped in hot pink, and on the other side, college students in hot-pink shirts were giving them manicures.  The conversations flowed in English and Spanish as the young women gently […]

Community Health Event Sponsored by: EAST WARD BAPTIST CHURCH Partnering With Ryan Health & Isaacs Center DECEMBER 19TH, 2022 1:00pm – 4:00pm Free Services Provided • COVID Bivalent Vaccines for Moderna & Pfizer • Flu Shots (Senior regular & high dose) • Blood Pressure Screenings • Rapid HIV Testing (Insurance not required for vaccines; covered by federal government) • Health Literature • Snacks 415 E. 93rd St. New York, NY 10128

Community Health Event

Get an updated flu or COVID shot, check your blood pressure, or take a rapid HIV test at our Community Health Event at the Isaacs Center on Monday, December 19! The event will go from 1 to 4 PM and is cosponsored by East Ward Baptist Church, Ryan Health and the Isaacs Center.

Several small children play with long-eared gray stuffed bunnies while sitting on a wooden floor.

The Power of Community

Isaacs Center Beacon Programs Turn Schools into Community Centers They snuggled them. They tossed them in the air. They even wore them on their heads. The children in our Beacon After School at PS 198 found many creative ways to express their excitement about the long-eared stuffed bunny toys they received as a gift from […]

Come to our Career Fair December 3

Meet staff from the Isaacs Center and our partner, Goddard Riverside, at this hiring fair featuring opportunities throughout Manhattan. We’re hiring for a variety of roles from entry level through senior management. We look forward to seeing you at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, 250 West 65th Street, between noon and 4 PM.

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“Put on a Sweater and Let’s Go!”: Taft Walking Group Enjoys Fitness and Friendship

It was a perfect chilly fall morning when the Taft Older Adult Center Walking Group began assembling outside the entrance to Central Park at 110th and 5th Avenue. They chatted in Spanish as Aging Services Caseworker Maritza Martinez worked her cellphone.  “I call them every time to remind them. Sometimes they say it’s too cold and I tell them ‘Put a sweater on and […]

Two girls eat cotton candy while wearing new backpacks

Back to School with Backpacks and More

“There’s toys! There’s toys!” a small girl called out. She dashed across the dining room at our partner, the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, to get a closer look. “Best. Day. Ever.” announced another child. The room was lined with tables containing backpacks, markers, crayons, post-it notes, calculators and other school supplies for all ages. […]

Scholarship Winners Ready to Change the World

Jennifer Ochiagha is a little busy these days. Besides being a full-time grad student in mental health and counseling at NYU, she holds a full-time job at the Isaacs Center as a recruitment and admissions coordinator, plus she’s interning at a private practice called BeMore.   “I do like to keep busy,” she laughs—then adds, more seriously: “There’s benefits at the […]

A young woman with shoulder length black hair and red lipstick standing on a rainy rooftop with a panoramic view of the Empire State Building and downtown Manhattan

Working her Way to the Top

Jessica Leon was strolling back from a doctor’s appointment on the Upper East Side with her daughter when she saw a flyer for a job readiness program. It was 2005; Jessica was 17 and her daughter was two. She had no interest in the program, but it came with something she did want: a subway pass.  […]

Left to right: Abby Jo Sigal, Cameron Koffman of City Councilmember Julie Menin's office, Isaacs Center President Roderick L. Jones, Abe Mendez of Per Scholas and Gale Brewer look on as Mark Levine cuts the ribbon

New High-Tech Classroom Opens Door to Digital Careers

The Isaacs Center cut the ribbon on a new high-tech classroom in May, paving the way for community members to get training for good jobs in the technology sector. The new classroom is the result of a partnership with Per Scholas, a national organization that helps people from diverse backgrounds become qualified for high-growth careers […]

“There is Hope”

John Woodrow Cox describes the widespread impact of gun violence on children, and says change is still possible Watch our online Book Chat with John Woodrow Cox Ava was a first grader when her best friend Jacob was shot on their playground at school. “Ava adored Jacob. She envisioned marrying him when they got older,” […]