Meet EC New York’s Newest Activity Leaders, Victoria and Danilo!

What’s that?! Two NEW additions to the EC New York team? You heard right! We would like to welcome our newest team members. Victoria Wong and Danilo Nestor will be our activity leaders for the duration of this summer. As activity leaders, they will be the folks who organize and implement summer activities to ensure that each students’ experience in New York is unforgettable!   Victoria Wong Victoria Wong grew up in the urban jungle of New York City. When she isn’t being kicked out of cafés for staying too long, she’s playing guitar in front of them to make enough money to get back in. She loves stuffing her face with fancy brunches and rock climbing to burn the calories off. After all that and a long hibernation, she’ll finally get productive–maybe do something creative like vlogging or crocheting. If you catch her in her natural habitat, she is probably binge-watching Game of Thrones or American Horror Story with a bowl of guacamole and chips. Victoria is very excited to go on the many wonderful adventures that are possible in New York City with everyone from our New York English Center.   Danilo Nestor Danilo Nestor is one of EC New York’s newest summer activity leader from the Bronx, NY. He is a junior at Villanova University working on his BS in Biology. Danilo is very compassionate, artistic, and driven. After college, Danilo hopes to pursue a career as a medical doctor. Outside of his studies, Danilo loves to Latin dance, ice skate, perform community service, and attend Villanova Men’s Basketball games. He is bilingual in Spanish and English, and is currently learning Italian. Similar to many of the current students at EC, Danilo has spent a summer abroad, but in the country of Argentina. There he performed three community service projects in the province … Read more

The Amish Country

One of EC’s weekend trips is to the Amish Country. In the early 18th century, many Amish and Mennonites emigrated to Pennsylvania for a variety of reasons. Today, the most traditional descendants of the Amish continue to speak Pennsylvania German, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch. However, a dialect of Swiss German predominates in some Old Order Amish communities, especially in the American state of Indiana.[4] As of 2000, over 165,000 Old Order Amish live in the United States and approximately 1500 live in Canada.[5] A 2008 study suggested their numbers have increased to 227,000,[6] and in 2010 a study suggested their population had grown by 10% in the past two years to 249,000, with increasing movement to the West.[1] Amish church membership begins with baptism, usually between the ages of 16 and 25. It is a requirement for marriage, and once a person has affiliated with the church, he or she may marry only within the faith. Because of a smaller gene pool, some groups have increased incidences of certain inheritable conditions.[7] Church districts average between 20 and 40 families, and worship services are held every other Sunday in a member’s home. The district is led by a bishop and several ministers and deacons.[8] The rules of the church, the Ordnung, must be observed by every member. These rules cover most aspects of day-to-day living, and include prohibitions or limitations on the use of power-line electricity, telephones, and automobiles, as well as regulations on clothing. Many Amish church members may not buy insurance or accept government assistance such as Social Security. As Anabaptists, Amish church members practice nonresistance and will not perform any type of military service. Members who do not conform to these expectations and who cannot be convinced to repent are excommunicated. In addition to excommunication, members may … Read more

History of the 92Y

Founded in 1874 as the Young Men’s Hebrew Association by German-Jewish professionals and businessmen, 92nd Street Y has grown into an organization guided by Jewish principles but serving people of all races and faiths. 92Y serves over 400,000 people annually and offers over 200 programs a day. Its 33 program areas include community outreach; lectures and panel discussions; Jewish education and culture; concerts featuring classical, jazz and popular music; humanities classes; dance performances; literary readings; film screenings; parenting programs; camps; a nursery school; fitness classes, singles programs; seniors programs; and a residence program that rents rooms in the Y’s main building at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue.

EC news

EC will open at 12:00 pm on Monday August 29th…