The Associates Council: Young Professionals Making a Difference for Children's Aid

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The Children’s Aid Society Associates Council (AC) is comprised of a dedicated group of young professionals who share the common vision to “convey the mission of the organization through both their words and deeds.” Since 1985, the AC has been taking ordinary volunteers and transforming them into future leaders that help guide Children’s Aid in its mission to serve New York City’s neediest children and families.

Members of the AC come from a variety of fields including media, finance, education, human resources, and social work. They combine their individual talents to provide a vibrant and diverse resource to The Children’s Aid Society. Throughout its history, AC members have spearheaded and engaged in numerous initiatives, projects, and special events such as Miracle on Madison Avenue, the Annual Holiday Toy Drive, and “Cocktails for a Cause” happy hours.

Currently, the Associates Council is focusing its efforts on an exciting calendar of fundraising events and forums. These include:

Childhood Obesity Speakers Forum
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
6:30 to 8:30pm
105 East 22nd Street, New York, NY

The Associates Council of the Children’s Aid Society invites you to “Preventing Childhood Obesity: A Speakers Forum.”  Shockingly, this could be the first generation where children do not outlive their parents.  Experts Kevin Dedner from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Children's Aid Society's Stefania Patinella will present compelling information on this wide-spread issue which will inevitably have a huge impact on our healthcare system and the future of our children and families.  Come learn about the facts, our approach, and how you can make a difference! For more information or to RSVP for this event, please email Malia Poai at maliap@childrensaidsociety.org. For a preview of this event, listen to Stefania Patinella talk about The Children's Aid Society's efforts to combat childhood obesity in the podcast at the bottom of the post.

FORWARD—First Annual Spring Cocktail Event
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Southwest Porch at Bryant Park
Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

FORWARD will feature food from 'wichcraft, drinks from New York's best craft breweries, raffle prizes and more, all in one of the city's most picturesque spots. Proceeds go to The Children's Aid Society Early Childhood program. Purchase tickets here.

Click here for more information on these events or to learn more about The Children’s Aid Society Associates Council. You can also follow the AC on Facebook.

As a preview to the upcoming Childhood Obesity Speakers Forum, please click "Play" below to listen to an interview with Stefania Patinella, Director of Food and Nutrition Programs at The Children's Aid Society.

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The Children's Aid Podcast: Stefania Patinella discusses The Children's Aid Society's efforts to combat childhood obesity