Dear Elected Officials,
I am writing to attest to NYU's commitment to its local community. I am a special education teacher in a District 75 school serving students who are among the most severely disabled in cognitive and emotional areas. Our school, Manhattan School for Career Development (MSCD) is located on East 4th Street in close proximity to the Greenwich Village campus of NYU. The population of this school includes minority students from low income families, students in foster care and temporary housing. Many receive public assistance for their disabilities. The goal of this program is to give these students work and job skills enabling them to be competitively employed and contributing members of the community.
For the past 13 years, NYU has been the site for a vocational internship in food service with Aramark employees. Disabled young adults ranging in age from 18 to 21 have received training in various dormitory cafeterias throughout the NYU campus. As a result of this training experience, students have actually been hired by Aramark and continue to work as valued employees in food service.
NYU has always shown its commitment to our program in countless ways over the years. Both University and Aramark employees have acted as teachers and mentors to our students encouraging them to excel and do better every day. They have spoken words of inspiration at our graduation ceremonies. Their cooperation with our school has made this program one of the premier work site programs of our school and a model for all the Department of Education.
In its relationship to MSCD, New York University has shown support for its local population. They have partnered with a local high school of mentally challenged and economically disadvantaged students to improve their condition in life.
For that, we thank you.
Teacher, Data Specialist
NYU Work Site Supervisor