Dear Telem Supporter,

Since 2011, Telem has been proud to provide a safe, fun and educational environment for African children around New York to connect to their heritage, improve their academics and serve their community.  On March 19, the Board of Directors voted to officially dissolve operations due to inadequate financial and human resources.  This decision is effective March 31, 2019.

Your support and generosity enabled us to implement a myriad of programs over the past eight years, including:

  • Telem Camp – children ages 5-16 explored and celebrated their African heritage at six annual sleepaway camps.

  • SAT Prep Courses – high school youth participated in Telem-sponsored short-term, small group review courses to assist in their preparation for the college entry standardized exam.

  • Community Service Programming – Telem youth gave back to their community throughout the years by volunteering at nursing and rehabilitation centers, clothing and food pantries, NYC parks and daycare centers.

  • Radio Workshops – participants learned leadership, public speaking, interviewing and editing skills while tackling topics of identity, street harassment, and concepts of family.

  • Oral History Project – participants explored the complicated issues and narratives that shape identity.

  • Girl Time – young women participated in various events to increase their self-esteem and foster respect, e.g. Vision Board GirlTime, Ice Skating at Riverbank State Park GirlTime, Career Day Picnic GirlTime.

We thank you for your continued encouragement during our time of transition and hope that you will continue to find opportunities to support our youth.

Yours sincerely,

Diana Musa, President
Carline Bennett
Bethany Davis Noll
Salimata Seck
Maty Sow