September 2015

[caption id="attachment_13744" align="alignright" width="502"] Volunteer clinician Mylinh Ha examines John Son Go's eyes at Academy of Medical and Public Health Services in Sunset Park in Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Maria Chiu[/caption] Once a month, a door opens on Third Avenue in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. It is easy to pass by without taking notice, but for the people who do walk in, they find services that are hard to come by. The open door leads to Academy of Medical and Public Health Services, a non-profit organization that provides free health screenings for underserved communities and a safe-haven for those who have fallen through the

[caption id="attachment_13731" align="aligncenter" width="600"] R-L Steven, Carter, Franne Yee-Mon[/caption] Carol Wong casually eats her lunch while poking at a puzzle on her desk, wishing she were busier. It’s the day before elementary schools begin their semester, and as the coordinator for True Light Lutheran Church’s Afterschool Care Program this should be the busiest day of the year for Wong. “We have ONE student enrolled this semester,” she said. Then the phone rings, and after a brief conversation with the caller she hangs up and turns back to say, “Never mind, we have NO students this year, their check bounced.” Ten years ago Wong

Celestina Ford spent Tuesday morning, Sep. 8, dropping her kids off for their first day back at school. Then she drove herself to school. With her kids settled, Ford can now spend the next four-and-a-half hours, worry-free, focusing on her own pursuits: her education. “If you want to further your education, don’t let kids hold you back,” she said. Ford, 40, is a part-time student at Hair Design Institute, nestled in the heart of the busy business district on 86th Street, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She is one of 150 students enrolled in the cosmetology training program, learning skills such as cutting, styling