Children First Club
Who We Are
The Children First Club (CFC) serves children and youth by generating awareness through research, volunteer work, seminars and internships. The CFC provides a forum for discussion on important past, present and future issues concerning children and youth, and allows children and youth studies students access to the Children's Studies Center, a resource that contains a collection of useful print and electronic research materials.
Get Involved! Join the Children First Club
Interested in advocating for the rights of children and youth? We've got just the platform for you! The Children First Club, established by dedicated students and the Children's Studies Center at Brooklyn College, is currently searching for new members to join the club. To get more information, send an e-mail to the board members and take a look at our Facebook page.
The underlying purpose of the CFC is to convey ideas into action and build a positive outlook for the future of our youth. Creativity, research and passionate members drives the CFC and its success.
Why Join the CFC?
Besides being able to add this invaluable experience to your résumé, the CFC provides students with the personal fulfillment and pride that comes along with making a real difference. Members are exposed to potential careers in the area of children and youth, seek counsel from professionals, and gain leadership skills and valuable knowledge toward improving the lives of children and youth.
What We've Been Doing
The Children First Club held elections for board positions for the fall 2012 semester in May in the Children and Youth Studies office. The first official meeting for the fall semester took place on Sept. 4. For more information, e-mail the CFC board members and keep checking here to see what exciting events the CFC is working on.
Events the Children First Club has worked on include:
- Dec. 21, 2012 — The Million Fathers Club Annual Christmas Party and Toy GiveAway was held, with the Children First Club again donating the toys collected throughout the month of December.
- Starting Nov. 6, 2012 — The CFC sold candy and donated the proceeds to victims of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast on Oct. 28, 2012.
- Oct. 23, 2012 — The club attended the Welcome Back Bash to encourage more students to become members.
- October 2012 — The club created and distributed its fall 2012 Children First Club Newsletter (pdf).
- March 15 – May 2012 — The club organized a toiletry drive for homeless youth in New York. Donations were delivered to the youth through the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).
- April 20, 2012 — The club held a fundraising fashion show called Fashion.Addiction.Extravaganza! The CFC raised money for homeless youth in New York and disadvantaged girls and women in Africa.
- December 2012 — The Children First Club collected toys at Brooklyn College for the Million Fathers Club Annual Christmas Party and Toy GiveAway.
- Dec. 6, 2011 — The club released the first issue of the Children First Club Newsletter (pdf).
- Nov. 15, 2011 — The club hosted a Movie-Lunch & Discussion event with the organization GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services). The club, along with GEMS board member and Children and Youth Studies faculty member Ellen Fried, showed the documentary Very Young Girls to promote awareness about GEMS and the comprehensive services it provides to commercially and sexually exploited girls and young women in New York City.
- Oct. 28, 2011 — The CFC supported the "Parents and Parents' Friends" club's event, Imagination Day: Children's Rights Awareness. Club members provided information about children's rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Oct. 24, 2011 — The club held a bake sale at Brooklyn College to raise money for Les Petits Okapis International, an organization that raises money for street children in Congo.
- Sept. 27, 2011 — The club participated in the Welcome Back Bash on the Brooklyn College campus. Loretta Chin wrote an article for the student newspaper The Excelsior, titled "Making Children First at the Welcome Back Bash and Club Fair." (pdf)
- May 19, 2011 — The club held a Dance-a-Thon in the Student Center to raise money for Les Petits Okapis International. Haydee Britton, co-founder of the organization, spoke at the event.
- May 12, 2011 — The club held a bake sale in front of Whitehead Hall to raise money for Les Petits Okapis International, an organization that raises money for street children in Congo.
- Dec. 1, 2010 — The CFC, alongside the Model U.N. Club and student government, held the "Believe That You Can Help" event in the Student Center. The event featured Haydee Britton, one of the founders of Les Petits Okapis International, an organization founded in 2001 to help children living on the street in countries where war and poverty have torn communities apart. Britton also works with the General Assembly Affairs Branch of the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management.