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CAMBA Launches Earn and Learn Fund


LAST CHANCE for Two Big Events


Social Workers Get a Day of Recognition






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april 2014

earnlearnCAMBA Launches Earn and Learn Fund to Provide Paid Internships for Low-Income Teens
Adetomi Akintitan, a high school freshman, talks about her professional hopes and dreams at this month's Earn and Learn kick-off at Saks Fifth Avenue.

As soon as he learned that he would be getting a promotion at CAMBA Beacon 269, Pav Seepersaud dug into his pocket. He was donating to our new Earn and Learn Fund to provide paid summer internships for low-income teens.

What would inspire a young man, working his way through Kingsborough College, to use his limited resources to support Earn and Learn?

"I want other people to have the opportunities I've had," Pav says. He credits his intern experiences---first working with the New York Police Department and later with the Beacon as a camp counselor---with setting him on a career path in physical education.

Adetomi Akintitan, a high school freshman who is part of CAMBA's Collegiate Express college prep program, is hoping for a summer internship this year.  Designer Elie Tahari and Saks Fifth Avenue helped her recently by hosting a sale of the designer's newest line to raise money for Earn and Learn. In addition, Tahari donated a professional outfit to Adetomi, so she is polished and ready for that first job.

Paid, meaningful summer internships offer teenagers benefits that go well beyond spending money or college savings. 

A quality summer internship can make a lifetime of difference for a young person.

As Pav discovered, internships can help teens test career interests, meet mentors, increase networks outside their neighborhoods and develop real-world work skills and job credentials. Studies show that early work experiences help people obtain better and higher-paid jobs.

Through Earn and Learn, CAMBA is seeking both funding to pay internship salaries for 25 summer interns and companies willing to provide meaningful paid internships.

For more information on Earn and Learn, go to And join us tomorrow night to support the fund at our Cocktails for Careers event (see below).


eventsLAST CHANCE to Be Part of Two Great Events
Cocktails for Careers 
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 1, from 6 to 10 pm, you can join the CAMBA Junior Board for Cocktails for Careers: an Evening to Support Our Earn and Learn Fund. This will be an evening of food and drink at Piquant in Park Slope to help provide valuable summer internships for low-income Brooklyn teens. $25 in advance, $30 at the door (free drink for the first 30 guests). Buy tickets here.
Healthy Way 5k 
And this Sunday, May 4, we'll be out in force in Prospect Park for our 2nd annual Healthy Way 5k Run/Walk. Run with us, walk with us, support a participant, sponsor a client... however you get involved, you'll be helping us serve our 45,000 New Yorkers in need each year. Learn more and register here. (Oh, and bring the kids---this one's a family event). 
socialworkCAMBA Social Workers Get a Day of Recognition

Social workers at CAMBA are many things. They are the bridges that connect clients to vital services and benefits; they are the maps for the roads to self-sufficiency; and they are the ears, simply there to listen when clients need to talk after a hard day.


So, early this month, when CAMBA's social workers got an afternoon of recognition, it was a much-appreciated reward for their hard work.


The recognition was for National Social Work Month. To celebrate, about 45 social workers from around the agency came together on April 1 for a lunch and talk at CAMBA's 97 Crooke Avenue. They were joined by CAMBA President and CEO Joanne Oplustil and by Robert Schachter, the Executive Director of the NYC chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).


Drawing from his personal background and professional experiences, Schachter stood before his colleagues and talked about topics that resonated with the crowd. He discussed current professional requirements, licensure and the role of the national association, among others.


Above all, however, Schachter's presence served to highlight the invaluable---and often thankless---work of his audience members.


Said Claire Harding-Keefe, a CAMBA Senior Vice President: "Schachter recognized the work our folks do every day... in often very challenging situations."