Incarnation Children's Center: Tutor + Mentor Youth with HIV/AIDS (Wash Heights)
Incarnation Children’s Center (ICC) is New York City's only residence for children with HIV/AIDS. ICC is located in Washington Heights in Manhattan off the 168th Street A/C/1 Subway.
ICC is a 21 bed skilled nursing facility. We house residents from birth to 21 years of age who are living with HIV and/or AIDS. Residents are referred to our facility through their medical clinics or other residential facilities. All 21 of the residents live at ICC. Some of our residents go out to school (via public transportation or NYC school buses); a few residents are home schooled; while some of our adult residents have graduated and have not yet found their vocational paths.
ICC is looking for volunteers ages 21 and older who are able to commit to giving 3 hours per week for a minimum of 4 months.
We are looking for individuals who would be willing to help residents with their homework; engage in recreational activities (i.e. playing sports in our backyard, engaging in the Wii game challenge, ice cream & smoothie night, etc.); chaperone our weekly facility outings, and most importantly, just to serve as a mentor and role model to our residents.
Many of our residents were not expected to live to see their teen years. They had very little to look forward to. Thanks to modern medicine, being born or diagnosed with HIV & AIDS is no longer a death sentence. But, when you were brought up around negativity and little hope, role models are usually few and far between.
That’s where you can make a difference. You would be offering normalcy and a sense of what their future could be if they made efforts to be more than what was expected of them upon being diagnosed.
Please note: Volunteers are required to pass a medical clearance, which involves showing proof of vaccainations and a PPD test (to determine whether the volunteer has tuberculosis). This is important because of the population of children ICC works with.
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