On Wednesday, April 13th, Garden of Dreams young people took to the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall to perform in the 2022 Garden of Dreams Talent Show, themed "Beyond A Dream."
While the Talent Show is an annual event, the program had been on hiatus for two years due to the pandemic. Some performers had been waiting to showcase their talents since originally auditioning and earning a spot in the 2020 show.
Every young person on stage and every guest in the audience will agree: it was an evening worth waiting for. Over 100 young people from Garden of Dreams partners wowed the crowd of 2,500... Read More
We are pleased to announce that Maggie Jacobs will be joining the Garden of Dreams Foundation as Executive Director. With over 20 years of experience providing quality opportunities to under-resourced children, including most recently, nine years at the New York Public Library, where she served as Director of Youth Services, Maggie will bring her expertise in leadership and youth development to our Garden of Dreams team.
During her tenure at the New York Public Library, Maggie successfully built the library's Youth Education Department from the ground up, providing programming from Early... Read More
From Student to Staff: A Q&A with Terry Fontanillas, our Foundation’s Newest Coordinator who Grew Up with Garden of Dreams
Sometimes, life comes full circle! Terry Fontanillas first learned about Garden of Dreams when he was just 6 years old. Growing up in the Bronx, Terry was affiliated with Garden of Dreams partner WHEDco, and quickly became involved with various events and programming hosted by the foundation. He never imagined he would one day be involved in the planning process of those same programs as a member of staff!
Read below to see what Terry has to say about life on the other side of the desk.
How old were you when you first became involved with... Read More
Last December, two young people and their families from Garden of Dreams partner Harlem Dowling received a special holiday gift: a shopping spree with Knicks legend John Starks.
Current Knicks player RJ Barrett recorded a video message for the two young people welcoming them to their shopping spree at Grandma's Place, a local Black-owned toy store in Harlem, where Knicks alumnus John Starks was on site to help the girls pick out holiday gifts. To cap off the event, the families were invited to Garden of Dreams Night at the New York Knicks game on December 21st. It was a day... Read More
Our annual "Garden of Dreams Week" took place between December 14th and December 21st, 2021, and did not disappoint.
We kicked off the week with a virtual hospital visit at our Garden of Dreams partner, NYU Children's Hospital, with the iconic Radio City Rockettes! The next day, Carina from Maria Fareri Children's Hospital had her dream come true when she attended Christmas Spectacular with her family and also had the opportunity to meet the Rockettes - her idols!
That Friday, New York Rangers welcomed over 50 Garden of Dreams young people and their families to Garden... Read More