With our 2012 - 2016 Strategic Plan as a roadmap, Harlem RBI is on track for national expansion. One key milestone met in 2013 is our local replication in the South Bronx. REAL Kids-South Bronx represents the first time in Harlem RBI history that the organization provided services beyond the borders of East Harlem. With full enrollment in both REAL Kids Summer and After-School programs, the early returns are promising:
"Every morning it was a struggle to get my son out of bed and dressed. After one summer with REAL Kids-South Bronx, he is awake and ready for me to take him to school. There has been a shift. He is excited to be in school now."
- Erika Llopiz, P.S. 18 Parent
"There weren't many summer opportunities for youth in the South Bronx before REAL Kids. And let me tell you, I had two students participate in the summer program and improve two reading levels. I have never seen that in the 14 years I've been a teacher."
- Aponte Sophy, P.S. 18 Teacher, UFT Representative
"When I watch the kids in their uniforms march to their games and do their team cheers—I want to join them! Everyone in the neighborhood sees this energy and knows something positive is happening here. Harlem RBI is the best thing to happen to this school."
- Rachelle Hurd, P.S. 18 Parent