n April 19, 2012, the eighth grade Lirdof Tzedek class met with New York City Council Member Dan Garodnick. During the year, the group had been volunteering monthly at the Association to Benefit Children (ABC) in East Harlem, working with underprivileged, at-risk youth. As part of the program, the students learned about advocacy and studied legislative issues concerning families who go to ABC. Meeting with the council member was the culmination of this unit.
The goal of the meeting was to persuade Council Member Garodnick to support the reinstatement of funding for the Advantage Program. The Advantage Program provides rent subsidies for low-income families, including families who go to ABC. The group also discussed with the council member why providing shelter for all is such a meaningful issue to the Jewish people. Council Member Garodnick listened with enthusiasm and promised to keep in touch and keep fighting to save this plan. All in all it was a great experience!
— Bradley Jamison
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