Temporary Enrichment And Motivation

Rising Stars Introduces Team Rise UP – Below are some ways we are pivoting during this pandemic

 Dear Friends:

If you are on a team, you are never alone.

When crisis hits, great teams become even greater. Although we are currently unable to be with our scholar athletes in person, Rising Stars continues to support our young people like we always have.

This page is set-up to help our families access critical resources like tutoring for schoolwork, remote enrichment programs, and at-home basketball and fitness options. Most importantly, we want our Rising Stars families to know that we are here for consistent and trusted support through a difficult and uncertain period.

We will get through this the way we approach everything at Rising Stars: together. This is what teamwork is all about.

Warmly,
Emily Ades, Director of Education
Rising Stars Youth Foundation
Emily@risingstarsyouthfoundation.com

Rising Stars online team enrichment programs will start on April 1st and students can use via phone, tablet, or laptop to access it. You will be able to see your teammates and interact with them while learning something new and fun!

Some of the free programs we are currently offering are:

• Magic
• Homework Help
• Poetry
• Ballet Barre
• Book Club
• Collage Art
• Opera
• SAT/ACT Prep

To enroll on one of the programs, click here. To offer to teach an enrichment program in any area of your expertise, click here

Free WiFi:

Spectrum is offering households with K-12 and college students free WiFi access and broadband (high-speed internet) for the next 60 days. But this only applies to households who do not already have a Spectrum WiFi and broadband subscription. To enroll, or to ask for more information, call 844-488-8395 or go to spectrum.com. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. For most new customers, self-installation is an option and free professional installation is also available.

Optimum is offering an Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their footprint. Eligible households interested in this solution can call: 866-200-9522 to enroll in Optimum.

Free iPads:

NYC Students: The NYC DOE is lending 300,000 internet-enabled iPads to students. Families that want to request a device should fill out the Remote Learning Device Request.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/ipad-distribution

Rising Stars Device Sharing Program:

Rising Stars is matching families for a sharing program. If you have an extra device in your household that you can lend to a child who does not have access to one, please register here.

If you need a device for your child, please request it here.

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AT-HOME COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY #1: Do you like to create art?

We are partnering with Dorot.org to participate in a card making project to bring smiles to older adults!

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CARD MAKING PROJECT

  • Use good quality card stock for your card base.
  • Glue white paper on the inside of the card to make personal messages easy to read.
  • Include a note or greeting inside the card while also leaving space for DOROT to write a message of their own. You can also write a simple poem or share some information about yourself (e.g., favorite hobbies, pets, school, etc.). This makes the handmade card a very personal and thoughtful gift for the older person to receive.
  • Make your cards as colorful and decorative as you’d like, but please refrain from using materials that might fall off or make a mess, such as glitter, sequins, feathers, tissue paper, ribbons or buttons. Suggested materials for your consideration include stickers, watercolors, puff paint, and of course, colored markers.
  • “Sign” the back of the card with your first name, your age AND the words “Rising Stars Youth Foundation”.
  • Write in large, clear block (print) letters. As people get older, many have a hard time reading small print.
  • Do not write “Get Well.” Just because someone is older does not mean he or she is sick.

Please mail your cards to: 

Emily Ades, Director of Education

Rising Stars Youth Foundation
657 Commercial Ave
Garden City, NY 11530
 

AT-HOME COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY #2:

 

Do you like to write?

We are partnering with Dorot.org to participate in a letter writing project to bring smiles to older adults!

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL LETTER WRITING PROJECT

  • Write Letters in “pen pal” format* telling some interesting information but don’t ask questions, because the senior cannot write back. Keep your note upbeat and tell about something you learned, read about or a place you visited in your life. Write about a favorite movie or tv show.
  • Write informational essays on a specific topic.

Please email your letters to: Emily@risingstarsyouthfoundation.com

AT-HOME COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY #3: Do you like to perform?

We are partnering with UJA Federation to participate in a video project to bring smiles to older adults!

  • Record yourself singing a song you love, playing an instrument or reading inspiring poetry.

Please email your recordings to: Emily@risingstarsyouthfoundation.com

AT-HOME COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY #4: Do you like to work-out?

Participate in our virtual scholarship fundraising event, “Gabe’s Game Changer”. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you for a push up challenge to raise money for our Gabriel Rice Memorial Scholarship Fund. Every dollar you raise will be matched through an anonymous generous donor! For more information click here.