College Success Counselor, Former Community School Director (P.S. 149), Queens Community House
As part of the inaugural Community Based Organization Collaborative, Queens Community House (QCH) participated in a learning community of diverse community based organizations across Community School District 30 with the purpose of using the Save for College Program as a tool to support families. As Community Schools and Beacon Program partners at P.S. 149, QCH already worked with P.S. 149 school leadership on certain activities and services for families. The Save for College Program gave QCH an opportunity to collaborate more closely with the P.S. 149 Parent Coordinator to better support families, and also provided the opportunity to integrate the Save for College platform into QCH’s services. As the Community Schools Director, Silmady became part of P.S. 149’s School Community Team, providing extra capacity throughout the year to the school staff’s efforts to support families to activate their NYC Scholarship Accounts and engage with the Save for College Program.