Moses and Alyssa’s visit the Horizon Juvenile Center
July 29, 2019
On July 29th, 2019, New York City Department of Design and Construction Senior Design Project Manager Moses Ros, an architect in the Public Buildings Division, accompanied by Alyssa Lewis, College Summer Intern, presented to students at the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx. The Administration for Children’s Services Division of Youth and Family Justice has partnered with the Children’s Defense Fund to bring Freedom School to
NYC Secure Detention Horizon Juvenile Center in the hope of providing youth with an enrichment summer program.
The two took part in the Freedom School’s Harambee morning get together, a research-based Literacy program for youth Pre-K -12. Harambee, which is Swahili for come together, consists of a joyous welcome of singing, dance and a reading. The Harambee begins each morning at 8:00 a.m., guest speakers are invited to participate in a Read-Out Loud session. Community leaders come to read a short passage from a book, their favorite poem, or quote as they share with the students about their work, profession, or personal life. Moses Ros gave a short biography of his work history, as well as reading an excerpt from “The Eyes of The Skin: Architecture and The Senses” by Juhani Pallasmaa. Alyssa Lewis shared a poem by Greg Thug titled “Never Give in” which is about the importance of standing strong in the face of adversity. The two finished off the morning actives at Horizon Juvenile Center by participating in the singing and dancing portion of the Harambee.
The rest of the day consisted of a tour of classrooms, where Mr. Ros had the opportunity to speak with the students, answer questions about his background and career as an architect/artist, as well as showcase samples from his portfolio of architectural drawings, models, and photographs. Mr. Ros and Ms. Lewis couldn’t help but notice the beautiful art murals found throughout the facility created with the assistance of the students at Horizon’s. An indicator of hidden talent that is being cultivated through such programs.