At the onset of COVID-19, we recognized that the needs of young people were ever-changing. They needed a way in which to connect with others; an opportunity to self-express, explore, and socialize; and first and foremost, to resume some normalcy of their childhood, which was abruptly taken away. That’s why we created and launched a full service digital platform in just one week after DOE closed its school doors that focused on connectivity, socialization, and play with CFK staff and peers. As the pandemic wreaked havoc, CFK put kids’ needs first.
Our Youth Engagement Center in the South Bronx was an emergency relief program launched in response to COVID-19. Students received in-person remote learning support, enrichment programming, and access to basic needs including two hot meals a day and technology and WiFi.
In March 2020, CFK launched CFK l Digital, a completely free, online platform to ensure kids had continued access to self-exploration, creativity and play.