Seven-year-old Angela and her mother moved from shelter to shelter since becoming homeless two years ago. While homelessness is devastating for all who experience it, children feel the effects most profoundly. Many fall behind academically and must repeat a grade. Nearly half of all homeless kids suffer from anxiety, depression or social withdrawal. Angela is quite bright and loves to draw, but may be held back at school this year because of lateness and absences. Bound for Success has been an essential counterforce to the instability in Angela's life caused by homelessness.
Angela knows that at Bound for Success, she must finish her homework before joining recreational activities such as Arts and Crafts. For a while, Angela lagged doing her schoolwork, but eventually she became focused and finished her tasks in time so she could participate in fun activities organized by our staff. She saw the benefits of good work habits and understood the importance of seeing tasks through.
Angela is now thriving at school and can't wait to share the details of her day when she arrives at the Bound for Success classroom every afternoon. "Today we learned about animals" Angela said. "O-C-T-O-P-U-S," she spelled, "He lives in the sea!" For hundreds of children like Angela, the Bound for Success after-school program provides a safe, structured environment where homeless boys and girls can realize their potential, gain a new perspective on life, and most importantly, understand that for them, the sky is the limit.more stories of homeless new yorkers