Baldwin UFSD Partners with Simon Youth Foundation
The Baldwin Union Free School District (UFSD) announced an exciting new partnership with Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Baldwin High School @Shubert. This public-private partnership, the first of its kind on Long Island and New York State, will allow the district to collaborate and extend Baldwin’s career and technical education program.
“The Baldwin Union Free School District is pleased to announce the collaboration with Simon Youth Foundation, which will bring additional resources and career opportunities to our students at Baldwin High School @Shubert,” said Dr. Shari L. Camhi, Superintendent, Baldwin UFSD. “We pride ourselves on offering an education that can ensure all of our students are college- and career-ready. Simon Youth Foundation will help us achieve this goal.”
In 1998, Simon Property Group employees founded SYF to break down barriers that prevent students from succeeding in high school and beyond. SYF recognizes the potential in all students, and through partnerships with local school districts and their neighboring Simon centers, such as Roosevelt Field, provides resources and builds an educational environment tailored to their needs.
Since its inception, SYF has helped more than 17,000 students around the country graduate high school—35 percent of whom are the first in their family to graduate. In addition, SYF supports these students in their pursuit of post-secondary opportunities through college counseling and scholarships. In the 2017-18 school year alone, SYF awarded more than $1 million in scholarships, which can be used to pursue college, career training, and other continuing education opportunities.
“Having the support of Simon Youth Foundation will help open doors for our students at the Baldwin High School @Shubert through internships and scholarships they previously could not access, making it easier for them to attend college, enter the workforce and start a solid career path,” said Dr. Camhi.
Kendall Lampkin, representing Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney's office, joins students for the luncheon.
For the past three years, Baldwin High School at Shubert’s curriculum, has offered students in grades 9–12 the opportunity to fulfill New York State graduation requirements by earning both academic and Career and Technical Education (CTE) credits. The program has been made possible thus far in partnership with Nassau BOCES administration, teachers, and staff and now with Simon Youth Foundation.
The students benefit from the small class sizes, dedicated and caring teachers, instructors, and support staff, as well as rooms with equipment specifically for CTE classes and work-based learning opportunities. Baldwin High School at Shubert offers three CTE classes: Barbering, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Police Science. Students who take the two-year program engage in active learning and acquire the knowledge, skills, and requisite hours required to take licensing exams in their areas of study.
Dr. J. Michael Durnil, President and CEO, speaking at the event and saying how proud he is of the initiative and its students.
“We are thrilled to partner with Baldwin Union Free School District to open a Simon Youth Academy to support their efforts to provide non-traditional learning opportunities for students in the Baldwin community,” said Dr. J. Michael Durnil, President and CEO, Simon Youth Foundation. “We have seen firsthand the impact that a high school diploma has on the lives of young people. Due to the unique learning environment and support of our foundation, students realize they can achieve their dreams through education and lead successful lives.”
Dr. J. Michael Durnil, president and CEO of Simon Youth Foundation, and Dr. Shari Camhi, superintendent of schools, with representatives from Simon Mall - Roosevelt Field, Debra Mulé, Nassau County Legislator, and Baldwin's Board of Education.
Currently, there are 48 students enrolled in Baldwin High School at Shubert.
Patrick Crea, principal of Baldwin High School @Shubert, commending the partnership and its future here in Baldwin UFSD.