Hello New York!

Welcome to our Winter Newsletter! As we move into the holiday season and a gratitude mindset, we want to thank you all for being a part of our community year after year, and those who have donated to our #givingtuesday matching grant and our end-of-year appeal letter.

Consider this our Holiday Card , where you open it up and can’t BELIEVE how much these kids have grown. So far this season we’ve had our 4th Annual Friendraiser , a Climate Strike action, our Fall Mini Camp , our 2020 Program Info session , sent a great delegation to the CISV National Convention (CISV In Motion, or CIM) in Atlanta, and hosted our 2nd Annual Holiday Party . This newsletter will cover all this plus other updates and upcoming events! And don't forget that applications for our i nternational programs are due on January 1.

All our best for the new year, Jenevieve and Nina , Co-Presidents
Jane C. Ginsburg and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1960s New York
by Julie Harrison, Board of Directors

I thought I would start this new column by profiling a family that was involved with our chapter from its earliest incarnation . I had the honor of speaking with Jane C. Ginsburg this week about her experience attending Village as a New York delegate to Graz, Austria, in 1966 . Her mother, Ruth Bader Ginsburg , was the founder of our New York chapter in 1963 or 1964 , having learned about CISV in Sweden when she was there in 1961-1962 . Jane attended Village with delegates from Italy, Yugoslavia (currently Croatia), Austria, and others. That year, the chapter paired two delegates with two other kids from another organization in New Jersey called Sister Cities . The Village took place in a boarding school in Graz . Jane has fond memories of the Yugoslavia delegates , who attended Village despite the Iron Curtain (former dictator of Yugoslavia, Tito, was a big supporter); they brought a portable 45 rpm record player to camp, gleefully introducing all the kids to The Beatles for the first time. Could that be how the tradition of "lullabies" was started? At that time, CISV only offered Village; there weren’t other programs for older kids and there wasn’t a Junior Branch . Families didn’t stay involved like they do today since there was only one camp, but the kids had occasional reunions . Jane’s mother volunteered for CISV throughout the 1960s, spearheading delegations to Village from about 1964 on, until she became famously involved in changing the legal fate of women in the United States and subsequently received the great honor of becoming a Supreme Court Justice . Jane has gone on to become a very successful literary and artistic property (copyright) attorney and professor at Columbia Law School in New York. She graduated from the University of Chicago and Harvard, has numerous degrees and awards and has authored dozens of publications .
Junior Branch (JB) Update
by Kaan Taneli, Junior Rep

In September, following the friendraiser, the JB Board had a sleepover to plan the mini camp, which took place in October. The mini camp was a huge success! We dicussed important topics such as immigration, homelessness, and the education system ! All this while making friends and enjoying the nice fall outdoors, complete with a nature walk and roasting marshmallow s. We had over 30 pariticpants and lots of fun

Also in October, Paradise , Nola and Kaan attended the National Junior Board Meeting (NJBM) . NJBM is a conference where we learn about improving our local Junior Branch and about how local, regional, national, and international elements of CISV interact . We learned quite a bit about service projects and Paradise was elected to the National Mini Camp Planning Committee! At the October JB Board meeting we planned activities for the upcoming months. We can’t wait to see you JBers at the upcoming activities, and bring your friends!
2nd Winter Holiday Bash

Last week we celebrated 2019 and all the hard work our volunteers have contributed to the chapter. Our holiday party was hosted by Lauren Iossa and Peter Sabla . About 65 people (including kids) attended. Everyone brought traditional food to share, the JB held a toy drive , and a good time was had by all!
4th Annual Friendraiser
by Jenevieve Goldman
This year we were excited to participate in our 4th Annual Friendraiser (our most well-attended yet), hosted by Minky Worden , Gordon Crovtiz , Sahr Muhammedally and Russell Dyk . This was a special opportunity to connect with old and new friends . We were grateful to spend time with the families of current participants, CISVers from around the world who just moved to the City, and long-time chapter members who wanted to come back and see what was going on in CISV New York!

Even better when we can do that along with raising funds for the chapter We raised $1600 that night! It was great to hear from previous participants, their families, and JB leadership about all the ways that CISV has impacted their lives! Thanks so much to our hosts, speakers, and attendees!!  
Climate Strike September 20 th
by Sara Petersilie, Board of Directors

It was hot at the Climate Strike . Bright afternoon sun glinted off of passionately painted signs and mirrored skyscrapers towering around Battery Park. A few rally attendees passed out from the intense afternoon light while waiting for Greta Thunberg , a 16-year-old from Sweden, to speak. The energy ebbed and intensified as each presenter took turns speaking inspirations into the mic. "Tides are rising in Bangladesh," Willow Smith 's voice floated among the park's greenery.

Ms Thunberg took the stage to the echo of radiant cheers. "We are not in school today," she declared. "Why should we educate ourselves for a future in which we will not be able to participate?"  I was proud to stand beside fellow CISVers at an event so necessary to our future. Without focusing on our Earth, how else could we hope to connect our world? 
C.I.M. in a Nutshell
by Joe Jarencio, Treasurer

C.I.M. aka CISV In Motion was held on October 17–20 in Decatur, GA. C.I.M is CISV USA’s annual meeting and conference , a gathering of all chapters in the US to discuss, address and educate on global issues happening today. This coming year’s theme (2020) is Sustainability in Action . It was also a chance to network with other CISV Chapter members, sharing information on how each chapter deals with certain local issues in their community.

Our chapter was well represented by a number of enthusiastic Board Members and Junior Branch Officers: Nina Serven (Co-President), Tunc Altinbas (Trustee), Melissa Donohue (Insurance/Development Chair), Joe Jarencio (Treasurer), Sara Petersilie (JB Advisor), Kaan Taneli (JB President), P aradise Phoenix (JB), Nola Hamowy (JB) & Jade Jarencio (Former JB Pres). During the 4-day conference there were multiple breakout sessions each of us attended individually or as a group. They were: Fundraising, E-Tapestry, JB Project Report, Recruiting & Retention, How to Strengthen Your JB, What Makes a Strong Chapter and How Does CISV Respond to Global Events . I think it’s safe to say that during the 4 days, all of us were able to take away something positive from attending these breakout sessions that will help us improve our chapter.
C.I.M. Program Picks
by Tunc Altinbas, Trustee

C.I.M. is the time and place where we have the "football draft pool selection," when each U.S. chapter (there are 22 in our country) selects their upcoming 2020 domestic and international programs. The NY delegation’s strategy was to pick well-established international chapters from the pool of upcoming year’s invitations. Our selection criteria was to allow for a mix of exotic destinations while keeping a few options that are closer to home. Here is a list of our 2020 Outgoing Programs:

·       Village : ( Mexico City) ; Baguio, Philippines ; Guatemala City
·       Youth Meeting : 12/13yrs (San Francisco, California )
·       Step Up : 14yr (Brandywine, Pennsylvania )
·       Step Up : 15yr (San Paulo, Brazil )
·       JC (Male) : (Cairo, Egypt )

Visit to access our 2020 programs.
The Giving Conundrum:
Where Does My Money Go?
by Melissa Donohue, Development Chair
As we close out 2019,  you are no doubt flooded with requests for donations -- for education, the arts, for those in great need, or electoral campaigns -- all racing against the clock to try to affect serious change in America and around the world. 
It can be challenging -- if not overwhelming -- to decide where to give, how much to give, or even to give at all.  Do you ever wonder when you give money to a worthy cause where the money actually goes?  What kind of impact can your dollars -- large or small -- really have? Is the money going to reach the people who need it or does it mainly go towards administration costs? How can you be sure your donation really has value?
These are all important questions, and should be part of your consideration when donating money to any cause. So, you may wonder,  what happens when you give money to CISV New York?
The answer:  100% of your donations to the CISV New York chapter go directly to programming, kids, and impact.  We are entirely volunteer-run which means donations pass directly to need. Chapter members, the Board and other volunteers contribute time, space, resources, and expertise. 
We give our time so that your contributions can have the greatest impact in a multitude of ways:  to build scholarships and help delegates attend inter-cultural and peace educational programs all over the world; to train our program leaders and directors in our special experiencial learning methods; and to host peace education programs for kids from all over the world and the New York City area.

This year we are fortunate to have an opportunity for our donors to double their money with each donation made. We have received a generous $5,000 matching grant for our Mosaic "Faces of New York" program (see next article) . Mosaic, the week-long fully subsidized residential summer program for 11 and 12 year olds gives kids from the New York City area the opportunity to learn the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to become active global citizens through our CISV programming.  In summer 2020, CISV New York will be holding its 9th annual Mosaic "Faces of New York" camp , reaching a diverse group of area kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience and grow with CISV. Thus far, we have raised $1,062 for our matching grant. Please donate!
My First Time at Sleep-Away Camp
by Edmund Chamberlain, Delegate

I am a fellow camper at CISV NY Mosaic Faces of New York , and this was my first time at a sleep-away camp. I was so nervous that I was going to be sleeping with people that I didn't know, but as soon as I got on the bus I was sitting next to one of my amazing cousins. -- that calmed me down. When we arrived we went to our cabins. There were four people to a room and I slept on the top bunk. We woke up every day and went to morning stretches. My favorite thing about the camp was getting to know each other.  All of the kids were nice and if we did something wrong we would apologize to each other. Also we got to sit with each other while we ate and talked.

My second favorite thing was the food.  I thought that it was going to be nasty but boy I was wrong! The food there was delicious.  My third favorite thing was the staff.  They would stay up at night for a long time and talk about the activities for the next day. There was this one time when we were all in a circle and had to share a sad moment in our lives. Most of the staff and kids cried like me. At the beginning I was feeling sad about what the first person shared but it was not enough to make me cry. Then a couple more people went and that’s when it hit me. I thought to myself, what would I feel like if this happened to me? Then I started crying and when it was my turn, I cried a lot. The staff held my hand and told me to squeeze 50 times. When I was done, they told me to squeeze again 75 times. They kept doing this until I stopped crying.

Every day we did something related to peace and equality . This was my amazing experience at CISV camp. I hope to see you there!
Schedule of Events

1st Interview Session for International Programs (January 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm).

2nd Interview Session for International Programs (January 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm).

Family Orientation for International Programs (February 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm): Meet your delegation. All selected delegates for summer programs and their families must attend.

Spring Mini Camp 2020 (March 20 - March 22, 2020): Mini camps are open to all kids 10+. At mini-camps, we learn attitudes, skills, and knowledge we need to become active global citizens by doing activities and having conversations that are relevant to the world we live in.

Cocktails at Human Rights Watch Offices (March 20, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm): An evening of cocktails and good eats directly after mini-camp drop-off! Once the kids are on their way to a fun weekend of activities and bonding, the adults of the chapter will mingle and enjoy a night out at the New York headquarters of Human Rights Watch in the Empire State Building.

Bon Voyage Party 2020 (June 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm): We will collectively wish good luck to all delegates traveling this summer. There will be energizers, games and lots of fun.
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Download our  2020 Program Flyer.
Download our  Mosaic Brochure .
Newsletter compiled by Melissa Donohue, Hoda Osman and Julie Harrison
designed by Julie Harrison, © CISV NY 2019