Low adult literacy can lead to negative health-related consequences, such as poor ability to make informed decisions about health issues, respond to emergency preparedness messages, and understand environmental health risks. (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)

Goddard Riverside Community Center


Established in 1959, Goddard Riverside Community Center has developed into a highly regarded agency that provides a variety of programs and services to city resident of all ages, the majority of whom live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and in West Harlem.

Scholarships for College-Bound Youth


UNH has awarded a total of 51 graduating high school seniors with $2,000 scholarships over a five-year period and is thrilled to be able to continue to offer this benefit to deserving youth! Viacom, which sponsors the scholarships for youth leaders from settlement houses, choose the winners and host the awards ceremony at Viacom’s Paramount theater where our scholarship winners are treated like the stars they are! 

For more information about scholarships for youth, contact Angela Perry-Spruill, UNH Deputy Director of Member Services.

Meet Dauris, a 2014 Viacom Scholarship winner. Dauris' time spent at Hudson Guild helped steer him to a better path, and now he's a student at the College of Staten Island.  Read more

Meet the 2015 Winners:

Tenzin Choeyang attended William Cullen Bryant High School, where she was a member of Key Club, Ngari Association, Robotics Team, badminton club, and worked as a teacher’s assistant and math tutor. Outside of school she volunteered registering community members to vote with Adhikaar and voluntered with the Tibetan Community of NY & NJ. She is a member of the ARISTA Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, and received the Perfect Attendance award. In the fall, Tenzin will attend St. Lawrence University and was nominated by Sunnyside Community Services.

Tasbiha Chowdhury
attended high school at the Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions where she was awarded Science and Math Student of the Month, the Outstanding Student Award, the Trailblazer Award, and the year-long Perfect Attendance Award. She was a member of the Student Government Association, the National Honor Society, the Green Club, the art club, and was an Intern at Mentoring in Medicine. Outside of school, Tasbiha was an Intern at MMCC In-School Youth Program, the physics lab at Columbia University, the Ranger Conservation Corps, and Mosholu Montefiore Community Center After School program and senior center. Tasbiha is attending Smith College in the fall and was nominated by Kingsbridge Heights Community Center.

Christine Foureau
attended The High School of Fashion Industries, where she participated in the cosmetology club, tailoring club, knitting and crocheting club, modeling, and the step team. In 2012 she was given the Community Service Award. Outside of school, Christine participated in the Culinary Arts Club and College Readiness program at Hudson Guild and Choir and music classes at her church. In the fall, she will attend Hofstra University and was nominated by Hudson Guild.

Alsedieg Hatem attended high school at High School of Telecommunications Arts and Technology where he was awarded Student of the Month. Outside of school he volunteered providing homework help at UNH member Arab American Family Support Center, was the goalie for the NYPD soccer team, and was a volunteer coach for a YMCA basketball league for children ages 12-14. Alsedieg is attending New York College of Technology in the fall and was nominated by Arab-American Family Support Center.

Sara Lanclos attended high school at New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies. Sara was a member of both the math and robotics clubs at her high school and was awarded the Habits of Lab Learners Spotlight Student Award. She was a 2014-15 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. She has given her time to several organizations and served as student leader in the Options College Access Program, supporting the launch of the Options’ DREAM Team. Sara will attend Barnard College in the fall and was nominated by Goddard Riverside Community Center.

Adam Lu attended Brooklyn Technical High School, where he participated in several extra-curricular activities including Model UN, swim team, Red Cross Club, National Honor Society, National Beta Society, and the American Institute of Architecture Students Club. Adam volunteered at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, was a CIT at the Boys’ Club of New York, and volunteered for the Chinese American Parent Student Council. Adam will attend Rochester Institute of Technology and was nominated by Educational Alliance.

Jerell St. Phar attended high school at Holy Cross High School. Jerell coaches youth basketball, volunteers at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, and helped donate and deliver toys for children impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Jerell will attend The University of Bridgeport this fall. He was nominated by Queens Community House.

Jhenifer Torrau attended Talent Unlimited High School where she participated in the Community Service Club and drama club. She is a tutor at PS 229, a Hunter College Program College Now student, a Hunter College Now Ambassador, and particpated on the Leadership Team at Union Settlement. She has volunteered for a breast cancer walk and to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims. She is a member of the ARISTA National Honor Society. Jhenifer will attend Ithaca College and was nominated by Union Settlement Association.

Shirley Troche
attended Notre Dame High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, C’est La Vie Commmunity Service Club, Global Kids, and received the Perfect Attendance Award. She participated in the Expanded Horizons program at Henry Street Settlement and volunteered for Making Strides for Breast Cancer. Shirley is a tutor in several subjects, a volunteer camp counselor, and will attend Fordham University. She was nominated by Henry Street Settlement.



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