What We Do
Participating in out-of-school time programs can avoid risky behavior and contribute to desired outcomes, such as improved academic performance and positive youth development. (The Finance Project)
Founded in 1978, the Center for Family Life focuses it's activities on family as a sustaining source of development for children and youth.
Citi Field Kids
Over 2,500 children and youth from UNH member agencies have experienced the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity known as Citi Field Kids. Young people attend a Mets game, learn about Jackie Robinson’s life, and get inspired to make college their priority through the personal success stories from Citi executives, New York Mets VIP’s, and media figures. Recently that star studded cast included Modern Family’s Ty Burrell who told kids, "It's ok to be afraid....often the fear is telling you it's something important and worth fighting for."
Other inspiring presenters have included celebrity chef Marcus Sameulsson, former Mets stars John Franco and Darryl Strawberry, as well as Jackie Robinson’s daughter Sharon Robinson and SNY’s Michelle Yu. The opportunity to connect with Jackie Robinson’s legacy, Citi and The New York Mets has helped to widen the horizons of young people from UNH agencies.
Words from a few of the Citi Field Kids themselves:
"I have always been a Mets fan no matter what the score is, win or lose I always cheer for them and have them in my heart…to actually go on Citi Field throwing out the first pitch is something that I never dreamed of. This is something that I will always remember for the rest of my life."
–José (Age 12)
"I learned a lot from plenty of inspiring people. Especially Jackie Robinson. He inspired kids my age to do anything you want to do."
–Anthanasia (Age 12)
"Thank you for inviting us to the Mets game. I’ve never been to a baseball game before. I really enjoyed it."
- Jamilah (Age 10)
Citi announced today that they will write a check to City Harvest, United Neighborhood Houses, USO of Metro New York and YMCA of Greater New York to the amount of $138,000 to combat hunger and aid youth in miscellaneous mentoring endeavors.
Citi committed to donating $2,000 to one of four tri-state area community partners and the Citi Thank You Home Runs for Communities Program that launched during the New York Mets’ 2014 season was successful.
Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson served as a player ambassador of the program and is happy to see the positive results in the form of a substantial donation. “The program added so much excitement to the on-field action at Citi Field this season,” said Granderson.
“And as a result of our 59 home runs, Citi is able to donate funds and continue to support the community even further.”
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