2017 Gala Honors

Cathy Hickey

A crowd of 200 guests enjoyed 2017 SBEF gala on November 15 at the Yale Club in mid­town Manhattan. The evening focused on honoring Cathy Hickey and her 30 years of involvement at Rosedale and SBEF, including 28 years as a board member. The event raised more than $150,000 to support the virtue­based academic enrichment programs at the Rosedale Achievement Center for girls and the Crotona Achievement Center for boys.​  Read more

Into the Waters of the Working World

“The program gently pushed me into the waters of the working world and guided me through them.” This is how Marie Claire Miluis from Baychester summed up her experience this summer at Rosedale’s Leon G. Cooperman Job Training Program (JTP).  Read more... 

November 8, 2017

Crotona Graduating Senior Awarded Full Scholarship to NYU!

Anthony Diké, a graduating Crotona high school student, was checking emails on his phone last March 30. One grabbed his attention: a message from NYU with a link to his application account. He followed the link. The account read, “Accepted.”

Anthony dropped his cell phone to the ground, overjoyed (an old phone, fortunately). Moments later, he gathered himself and began sending messages to family and friends. Read More


The Flavor of the Bronx:

Reflections From a SBEF Volunteer

I am a Texan. In Texas, the Bronx is something you see in movies or read in newspapers. I met the real Bronx in the summer of 2016 through the South Bronx Educational Foundation, where I volunteered as a senior counselor at the Crotona Achievement Program and was responsible for teaching, coaching, and mentoring a group of 7th and 8th grade boys. 

To most people, the Bronx is the epitome of poverty and crime in the United States.  This stigma creates a false perception of the Bronx. When I first applied to be a counselor, I had the impression that I would be helping malevolent, rude, and unmotivated children.  But when I got to know the children and their families I saw the Bronx in a different light.  Yes, poverty is rampant and a few of the boys were rude here and there; but, in truth, these kids reminded me of my own childhood and the outlooks I held on life.  The faces of the Bronx provided a human dimension to my idea of poverty.

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Twenty Three Girls participate in the 2016 Leon G. Cooperman Job Training Program

This year 23 high school girls worked at summer internships through Rosedale’s Leon G. Cooperman Job Training Program. The five-week Job Training Program (JTP) offers high school girls real work experience at an internship along with personalized mentoring, field trips and professional presentations. Over the years the program has helped hundreds of young women discover their potential and career path.

The program offers... Read more

Sep 1, 2016

Rosedale Chopped

On any sweltering, summer afternoon at the Rosedale Achievement Center, you can find the girls in the Summer Intermediate Program (SIP) doing things like working on character projects, going on exciting field trips, or—one of their favorites—competing in “Rosedale Chopped.” Read more... 

July 29, 2016

Rosedale Students Participate in Concordia Conservatory Honors Recital

Jessica Etwaroo practices guitar at Rosedale.

Each year selected music students at Rosedale are invited to participate in an honors recital with other students from the Concordia Conservatory.   This year, the event took place at the Wartburg, an Adult Care Community in Mt. Vernon, NY.  Guitarists Jessica Etwaroo, Bryanna Matthews, and Genesis Villatoro, violinists Genesis Abreu, Charlotte Lezama and Faith Skerritt, and soprano Gracia Galicia performed solos for the residents, staff, and families at the Wartburg.


As Jessica Etwaroo described the experience, “It was heartwarming to see the interest and attention that the seniors showed while I was playing my piece.”  Jessica also appreciated the opportunity to hear the students from the Conservatory, as a reality check to “see my level of progress.”  Rosedale Project Music Achievement is a scholarship program in partnership with Concordia Conservatory of Bronxville, NY.  It is funded by a grant from the Countess Moira Foundation.   Our thanks to faculty members Sheri Hammerstrom, John Chang, and Heidi Schaul-Yoder for their great work in preparing our students.


February 8th, 2016


Record Attendance at 2015 SBEF Gala

Rosedale Alumna Britney Vargas expresses her thanks to Rosedale.

A record­setting crowd of over 250 guests enjoyed The South Bronx Educational Foundation’s 2015 gala on November 18 at the Yale University Club in mid­town Manhattan. The event raised more than $160,000 to support the virtue­based academic enrichment programs at the Rosedale Achievement Center for girls and the Crotona Achievement Center for boys. Read More...


December1, 2015

Team SBEF Runs the

NYC Marathon

Rosedale alumnas Stephanie Frias and Luz 

Velasquez lead the SBEF cheering squad at mile 18.

On November 1, five runners participated in and completed the NY Marathon as a fundraising team for SBEF. The team was assembled and led by board member Cisco Liquido. Other runners were Jennifer Liquido, Daniel Reveles, Romelia Obeso and Clara Gonzalez. Our fastest runner came in at 3 hours 45 minutes! The members of the team received support from friends, family and colleagues that totaled $25,000. Thanks and kudos to the team!


November 1, 2015

The New York Yankees support SBEF

SBEF Executive Director Edwin Dolores receives a $10,000 check for SBEF as a grant from the Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund. Edwin offered to play a game for the Yankees at shortstop to show SBEF's gratitude, but the Yankees declined.


August 7, 2015

Fordham Students Visit Crotona for "Urban Plunge"

Twenty-one Fordham University volunteers spent the day painting the basement of Crotona Achievement Center. Fordham's Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice selected Crotona as one of the Bronx service organizations where 400 incoming Freshmen spend a day volunteering in order to learn about the city and grow in the spirit of service. Throughout the year, dozens of Fordham students volunteer at Crotona and Rosedale. 


August 28, 2015

PIMCO Hosts Rosedale

One morning in July, eleven girls from Rosedale's Summer Job Training Program took the subway into Times Square, where they were hosted by theinvestment management firm PIMCO in their 45th floor conference room. They were taking part in a career development workshop organized just for them by the PIMCO Foundation and staffed by PIMCO employees. The program included a panel discussion on career trajectories for women, a working lunch, and one-on-one sessions with PIMCO staff members for improving resumes and interview skills. Read More...


JULY 24, 2015

SBEF Welcomes New Executive Director

In June SBEF welcomed its new Executive Director, Edwin Dolores. Edwin, a native of the Philippines, moved with his family to New York over thirty years ago. Since then he has worked in a number positions in finance and management, the last being with the shipping company Maersk. “For many years I have admired the work Crotona and Rosedale do with the kids in the Bronx. I am excited to be a part of it..." Read More


JULY 2, 2015