On Saturday, June 3, the Children’s Aid Providing Opportunities, Wellness, Education, and Resources (P.O.W.E.R) Program held its 3rd annual Prevention Fair at the Frederick Douglass Center. Over 150 community members attended the fair, which aimed to provide the West Harlem community with information about the health and social services available in their neighborhood.
More than a dozen organizations and health care providers inside the center, along with the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Health Screening RV parked in front of the center, offered health screenings, fire safety education, healthy eating and food resources, and job training workshops. The New York City Department of Health also offered a wide array of services, and community members learned about the various programs for youth and adults offered by Children’s Aid and other Harlem organizations.
There were also activities such as a bouncy house, face painting, games, skateboard lessons and demonstrations, a basketball shooting contest, popcorn, cotton candy, and ices. The P.O.W.E.R. Program also raffled off skateboards, toothbrushes, and toothpaste to attendees.
This was the first year that the P.O.W.E.R program held its prevention fair at the Frederick Douglass Center, and not only do they look forward to returning there next year, but the community does as well. As one grandparent in attendance said, “This is a beautiful event for the community and our kids. I hope you return to do this again.”