MARCH 2013

In This Issue:
Alliance Fellowship
Spring Events
Book Party Draws Crowd
Rosa Parks Stamp Dedication

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  ANDRUS VP Lorelei Vargas Wins Alliance
Fellowship  - One of Four in the Nation!

Lorelei Vargas, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, has been awarded a New Voices Civic Engagement Fellowship from the Alliance for Children and Families, a national human services membership association. "This fellowship is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for Lorelei," said ANDRUS CEO Nancy Ment. "We are proud of her work in raising public awareness about childhood adversity in Yonkers. This fellowship will support our goal of taking this campaign to other communities across the country."


Lorelei's year-long project will expand the Adverse Childhood Experiences Public Awareness Campaign which ANDRUS launched in Yonkers in April 2012. Lorelei describes the goal of the project "to educate as many people as possible about the lifelong health and well-being implications of adverse experiences in childhood.   We want everyone who cares about our future to understand that how we treat our children will predict the health and vitality of our communities and our society."


In launching the Campaign, ANDRUS released a white paper report on childhood adversity, with projections and statistics about the impact on Yonkers children .  Click here for the Executive Summary and here for the White Paper. Since the start of the Campaign in Yonkers, ANDRUS has conducted public presentations for PTAs, public officials and community leaders, school personnel, community-based providers and medical professionals.  


With the support of the Civic Engagement Fellowship and its award of $8,000, Lorelei will create an online toolkit that can be used to launch ACE awareness campaigns in communities across the country. The toolkit and other resources will be piloted locally in Yonkers before being released nationally through the Alliance.


As her fellowship gets underway, Lorelei will be meeting with the three other fellows to discuss their projects and share ideas on implementation. Each year, the Alliance chooses a select group from its member organizations nationwide. Seven fellows were selected in 2011, five in 2012 and only four in this year's class. 


For more information on the ACE Campaign, click here. For more information on the fellowship, click here.

Spring is Coming! 
... and we need you to help ANDRUS welcome the season.
  • Celebrate the 1st Birthday of the Andrus Early Learning Center on Thursday, April 25 at 4pm.  
  • A Clean Scene: Our 7th Annual volunteer clean up day on the Yonkers campus will be held Saturday, May 4, click here to view the flyer.
  • ANDRUS Kite Festival: Let's Go Fly a Kite... but first let's make one!  Join us on Saturday, May 4, 1:30-4PM  for a kite display, kite making workshop and then let's fly!  
  • Golf Fore Kids Outing 2013- Save the date for our 9th annual golf outing, Monday June 3 at Siwanoy Country Club.  
  Book Party Celebrating "Restoring Sanctuary" Draws Large Crowd to Citicorp Center


A host of friends, colleagues and professional associates gathered in St. Peter's Church at the Citicorp Center in midtown Manhattan on February 28 to mark the publication of Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care.  The evening featured a community conversation on "Creating Safety in an Unsafe World" with distinguished co-authors Dr. Sandra L. Bloom of Drexel University and Brian Farragher, COO of ANDRUS, and moderated by special guest Susan Dreyfus, CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families and Families International.
To learn more about this thoughtful and uplifting book, click here. 
To order copies, click here.
Kerron Norman Speaks at 
Dedication of Rosa Parks Stamp  

Kerron Norman, ANDRUS' Vice President of Community-Based Programs, was a featured speaker at Mount Vernon City Hall on February 27 for the dedication of the new U.S. Postal Service stamp honoring civil rights activist Rosa Parks, whose sit-in in 1955 led to the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott and became an inspirational civil rights figure for generations to come.  The unveiling of the new stamp was one of many events celebrating Black History Month.  Among other Mount Vernon speakers were Mattie Little of the NAACP, Postmaster Pat Mozzone and Mayor Ernie D. Davis.


ANDRUS provides support and treatment for 2,500 children and their families throughout Westchester suffering from emotional illness and trauma. The agency offers prevention, assessment, educational, treatment and research programs that help children and families achieve healthy, stable lives.  ANDRUS has grown from its origins as an orphanage into a premier non-profit mental health, social service and special education provider and resource for Westchester.