On October 20, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh visited the after-school program at PS 34 on East 12th Street run by Immigrant Social Services (ISS), one of five ISS after-school programs. ISS specializes in providing after-school programs and summer camps for low-income families. Through its programs, ISS seeks to mitigate the lack of structured adult supervision and safe spaces for healthy social development that many children of low-income working parents face. ISS works to address the stresses many immigrant youth experience due to pressures to assimilate into a new country and culture.
At PS 34, Kavanagh met with ISS Site Director Janet Lo and PS 34 Principal Joyce Stallings Harte to discuss and tour the program and meet its staff and participants. He then spoke to the children about the importance of after-school programs. The children expressed their appreciation of both Kavanagh’s and ISS’s support through the gift of a homemade poster that all of the children had decorated with their painted handprints.