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20th Anniversary Celebration and Youth Poetry Slam

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Thursday, November 17th, 7:00-11:00pm 
GDS
216 Ft. Washington Ave. 2nd floor
New York, NY 10032
Tickets $20

Click Here to RSVP or make a donation

Guess what? We’re turning 20 years old!!!

And what a journey it has been! Since 1996 we have been doing the utmost for the youth in our community and we couldn’t have done it without you.

As we approach this Anniversary we would like to take the time to say Thank You!

Wanting to keep our services accessible to youth and families alike, we are hosting a Fundraiser in order to continue providing these services to the youth.

Join us as we celebrate!!! 


Youth Inspiring Youth Open-Mic and Community Impact Event
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Space is limited,
Thursday, August 11th at GDS
5:30-6:30pm-Complimentary Food and Beverages (GDS’ office)
6:30-8:00pm-Open Mic (Armory Theater)
The Open Mic performance list is full GDS is located on the second floor of NYC’s Fort Washington Armory 216 Fort Washington Ave. @ 168th Street Click Here for directions Youth Advocates will be graduating from their summer program and be presenting their Reach Your Potential presentations and their new video. This is a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate GDS’ Youth Advocates as they graduate our program, see talented artists perform, and/or join our open mic. Youth Advocates will also lead a discussion on ways we can improve police and community relations.
This event will kick-off our 20th-anniversary celebration and campaign. We will honor our current and past participants, staff, volunteers, board, advisory council, donors, and program partners. Open-Mic and a special presentation in the Armory Theater
Thanks to the Armory Foundation for helping coordinate the use of this event space.

The Reach Your Potential Movement
and Community Impact Event
Thursday, July 14th at GDS 
5:00-7:00pm
Food and Beverages provided
email gds@excelgds.org to RSVPGDS is located on the second floor of
NYC’s Fort Washington Armory

216 Fort Washington Ave. @ 168th Street
Click Here for directions
The Community Impact Event is a great opportunity to meet GDS’ Youth Advocates, see talented artists perform, and or join our open mic.
The RYP Movement is a Youth led grassroots campaign to advocate for the continuation, utilization and creation of community programs. As part of the campaign GDS will be introducing community members to our Advisory Council. At the event there will be a presentation on GDS and the importance, and update of our new program initiative to re-up, re-new and-re-vive our Community Arts, wellness, counseling, educational and youth advocacy programs.

We invite you to our Advisory Council Meeting

Wednesday, June 15th

5-7pm

Food and Beverages will be provided

Click Here for Directions

to RSVP email gds@excelgds.org

GDS’ community-based program is located on the second floor of NYC Fort Washington Armory, 216 Fort Washington Ave.

Advisory Council Meeting 
Tuesday, May 31, 5-7 pm at GDS
Food and Beverages provided
RSVP to Kevin Acevedo gds@excelgds.org

The purpose of the Advisory Council meeting will be to introduce GDS Board of Directors to the Advisory Council. We will discuss recent accomplishments from the The Reach Your Potential Programs and review our strategic plan. The council will give feedback on the plans and help brainstorm the resources, and ways to help continue the success of  GDS’ revitalization. Program plans for community advocacy, training, collaborations, marketing, fundraising and development will also be reviewed.


GDS Open Mic
Thursday, April 14th at GDS 
5:00-7:00pm
Food and Beverages provided

to RSVP email gds@excelgds.org
Open Mic night is a great opportunity to meet Team GDS, learn about our programs, and show the community your talent.
Click here to see amazing performances from our last
Talent show!

Community Impact Meeting and Talent Show!

Thursday, March 10th at GDS 
5:00-7:00pm
Food and Beverages provided

to RSVP email gds@excelgds.org

The Community Impact Meeting and Talent Show is a great opportunity to meet GDS’ Youth Advocates, learn about our programs, and show the community your talent.

During the community impact meeting we will provide an update on GDS’ Advocacy through Arts program as well as have a discussion about future plans for the Reach Your Potential Movement. The second half of the event will be a showcase of Talent from our Community; poetry, spoken word, karaoke, guitar, and more!


We invite you to our Community Impact Event

Tuesday, January 26, 4:00-6:00pm
Food and Beverages will be provided
Click Here for Directions
to RSVP email gds@excelgds.org

GDS’ Community Impact Event is a great opportunity to meet Youth Advocates from the Work, Learn and Grow program and to join The Reach Your Potential (RYP) Movement. The RYP Movement is a Youth led grassroots campaign to advocate for the continuation, utilization and creation of new community programs in Washington Heights/Inwood and Upper Manhattan.

We invite you to our Holiday Party
and kickoff to The Reach Your Potential Movement!

Tuesday, December 22, 4:00-6:00pm
Food and Beverages will be provided
Click Here for Directions
RSVP Here

GDS’ Holiday Party is a great opportunity to meet Youth Advocates from the Work, Learn and Grow program and to join The Reach Your Potential (RYP) Movement. The RYP Movement is a Youth led grassroots campaign to advocate for the continuation, utilization and creation of new community programs in Washington Heights/Inwood and Upper Manhattan.

ACE-Advocating for Community Empowerment

GDS’ community-based program is located on the second floor of
NYC Fort Washington Armory, 216 Fort Washington Ave.

 


 

Community Impact Event
Tuesday, September 29 at GDS 

 

GDS @ NYC Fort Washington Armory
216 Fort Washington Ave., 2nd floor
5:00-6:00pm
Food and Beverages provided


As summer approaches we thank you for your support and invite you to visit GDS’ “Home in the Heights” for our next Community Impact Event. 

Youth Night

Thursday, August 6th

5:00-7:00pm

Food and Beverages Provided

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GDS and Wordat4F present a series of summer’s workshops that incorporate Leadership Development, Arts, Community Activism and Writing Workshops. Our collaborative program inspires youth (13-18) to develop their passions and sense of purpose. Reach Your Potential Arts will engage and empower our youth in the neighborhoods of Washington Heights/Inwood and provide individuals with the opportunity to communicate their thoughts/feelings about community issues.

We will host a series of events; games nights, open mic, and spoken word workshop for teens 13-18 interested in publishing their writing/artwork. These summer events are an opportunity to make new friends, have fun, explore your artistic talents and enroll in our unique Arts program for 12-weeks during the fall of 2015.

At GDS in the New York City Fort Washington Armory

216 Fort Washington Ave. New York, NY 10032

To RSVP and/or if you have any questions

email Theonyl Cuevas at GDS@excelgds.org or Angy Abreu at wordat4F@gmail.com

This event is a great opportunity to meet Team GDS,  and network with other community members.

GDS is located at they NYC Fort Washington Armory

GDS is located at they NYC Fort Washington Armory

 
 Growth and Development Services (GDS) provides Community Advocacy, Counseling Services, and Training for mental health professionals

Youth Night

Thursday, July 23rd

5:00-7:00pm

Food and Beverages Provided

Group E on Hill

GDS and Wordat4F present a series of summer’s workshops that incorporate Leadership Development, Arts, Community Activism and Writing Workshops. Our collaborative program inspires youth (13-18) to develop their passions and sense of purpose. Reach Your Potential Arts will engage and empower our youth in the neighborhoods of Washington Heights/Inwood and provide individuals with the opportunity to communicate their thoughts/feelings about community issues.

We will host a series of events; games nights, open mic, and spoken word workshop for teens 13-18 interested in publishing their writing/artwork. These summer events are an opportunity to make new friends, have fun, explore your artistic talents and enroll in our unique Arts program for 12-weeks during the fall of 2015.

At GDS in the New York City Fort Washington Armory

216 Fort Washington Ave. New York, NY 10032

To RSVP and/or if you have any questions

email Theonyl Cuevas at GDS@excelgds.org or Angy Abreu at wordat4F@gmail.com

This event is a great opportunity to meet Team GDS,  and network with other community members.

GDS is located at they NYC Fort Washington Armory

GDS is located at they NYC Fort Washington Armory

 
 Growth and Development Services (GDS) provides Community Advocacy, Counseling Services, and Training for mental health professionals.
 

As summer approaches we thank you for your support and invite you to visit GDS’ “Home in the Heights” for our next Community Impact Event. 

Youth Night

Thursday, July 16th

5:00-7:00pm

Food and Beverages Provided

Group E on Hill

GDS and Wordat4F present a series of summer’s workshops that incorporate Leadership Development, Arts, Community Activism and Writing Workshops. Our collaborative program inspires youth (13-18) to develop their passions and sense of purpose. Reach Your Potential Arts will engage and empower our youth in the neighborhoods of Washington Heights/Inwood and provide individuals with the opportunity to communicate their thoughts/feelings about community issues.

We will host a series of events; games nights, open mic, and spoken word workshop for teens 13-18 interested in publishing their writing/artwork. These summer events are an opportunity to make new friends, have fun, explore your artistic talents and enroll in our unique Arts program for 12-weeks during the fall of 2015.

At GDS in the New York City Fort Washington Armory

216 Fort Washington Ave. New York, NY 10032

To RSVP and/or if you have any questions

email Theonyl Cuevas at GDS@excelgds.org or Angy Abreu at wordat4F@gmail.com

This event is a great opportunity to meet Team GDS,  and network with other community members.

GDS is located at they NYC Fort Washington Armory

GDS is located at they NYC Fort Washington Armory

 
 Growth and Development Services (GDS) provides Community Advocacy, Counseling Services, and Training for mental health professionals.

 


Stress  Relief  Playshop
Tuesday, March 24th

5:00-6:30pm

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GDS @ NYC Fort Washington Armory 216 Fort Washington Ave. 2nd floor New York, NY 10032

Please join us at our “home in the heights” and learn how to get your Spring back!

FREE Playshop
Team GDS and its’ program partners, invite children, youth, adults and families of Inwood/Washington Heigths for a free Playshop about Stress Reduction and Mindfulness.
Food and Beverages provided
To RSVP email Theonyl Cuevas
by April 21st
tcuevas@excelgds.org

 

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GDS Social Worker and Mental Health Counseling Intern award certificates to Reach Your Potential Group


GDS Outreach Event and Community Board 12 Meeting

Tuesday, November 25

Join us for a community event at GDS followed by the Community Board 12 Meeting.

Fort Washington Armoryamory
216 Fort Washington Ave, 2nd Floor
5:00 PM

Learn about GDS’ essential services and our advocacy efforts for our neighborhood of Washington Heights/Inwood.  Food and refreshments will be provided.

Following the event, we will attend the Washington Heights Community Board 12 Meeting together.

 

Alianza Dominicana Triangle BuildingCB 12 meeting
530 West 166th St, 2nd Floor
7:00 PM

Advocate for our community and the utilization of resources. The children, youth, and families in Washington Heights/Inwood are in dire need of a community-based programs and public space.

Speak up on behalf of our community at the Public Session or have your testimonial read to have your voice heard.

 

 


 

GDS's August Community Outreach Event

GDS’s August Community Outreach Event

 

L’Chaim, A la Vida: GDS 18th Anniversary Celebration and Community Outreach Event

Tuesday, October 28th, 5 PM
GDS Offices
NYC Armory, 2nd Floor
(216 Fort Washington Ave and 168th St)

Growth and Development Services, Inc. (GDS) is kicking off the celebration of its 18th Anniversary with a Community Outreach Event as part of a grassroots movement to advocate for supportive therapeutic, educational, and recreational services are available in our community of Washington Heights/Inwood.

The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness about the dire need for after-school counseling, educational, and recreational services in Washington Heights.

Volunteers help reach out to community members, leaders, public officials and human services agencies to help ensure the utilization of resources that currently exist. They also develop new resources to bring about “social change” to Upper Manhattan (Washington Heights/Inwood).

For nearly 18 years, GDS Youth and Family Services Programs have proven to be successful, working in some of the most challenged neighborhoods in NYC (South Bronx and Washington Heights). GDS Community Outreach Program advocates for those who need assistance with mental health, wellness, computer literacy, job-readiness, youth worker training and after-school programs.

Due to our transformational programs, the Washington Heights & Inwood Youth Service Providers Collective (WHIYSPC) presented GDS with The Counseling Award for most needed services in our Community (Manhattan Community Board 12).

This event will include a presentation from GDS Alumni, Community Advocates, GDS Staff (Social Worker and Psychologist) and Volunteers on the importance of resources in our community. We will discuss available free resources and new supportive services that we are trying to implement at NYC’s Armory on 168th Street. Presentations will be given on how to reduce stress, both personally and in our neighborhoods.

Following the event, all are invited to join GDS in attending the Community Board 12 General Body Meeting at 7 PM and help shape the Community of Upper Manhattan.

RSVP via Facebook.

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