Job Announcement  July 12th, 2010

HDWC (Harlem Dowling-West Side Center For Children and Family Services) is looking for a Program Support Aide to assist in the promotion wellness through skill building workshops, lecture/presentations and seminars and to maintain on-going collaborative relationships and informational exchanges in the community. This position requires that the candidate convey information that is non-judgmental, understood accurate and inviting.


  • Assists the Community Health Educator in the dissemination of HIV/AIDS prevention education, health education and sexual risk reduction messages.
  • Conducts outreach activities to various shelters, clinics, and other community based providers.
  • Conducts in-reach activities at all of HDWC community offices.
  • Provides internal and external referrals, to include HIV testing, to clients as needed.
  • Assists in the co-facilitation of educational groups with the Community Health Educator or the Health Educator Tech.
  • Maintains statistical data for all programs and prepares appropriate reports for all respective funding sources.
  • Refreshes all program forms to include check requests, pantry applications, etc. for legibility.
  • Completes AIDS Institute Reporting System (AIRS) data entry of all program activities.
  • Prints monthly statistical data from the AIRS system and review with Program Director and staff.
  • Meets with the Program Director weekly to review data entry activities in order to ensure accuracy.
  • Keeps abreast of data entry standards and software upgrades.
  • Assists in the organization of agency events and health fairs in addition.
  • Responsible for completion of all paperwork (topic outlines, group plans, summary logs, etc.) and group binder up-keep.
  • Conducts other related activities as assigned by the Program Director.
  • Maintains and updates knowledge relevant to program responsibilities by completing a minimum of 24 hours of training annually, to include AIRS training, as mandated by the funding source and to ensure core competency.
  • Maintains and updates knowledge of Agency policy and procedures as well as AIDS Institute Standards and Protocols.


  • High school diploma/GED and two years of related experience.
  • Knowledge of Office Suite Program.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team setting.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Experience facilitating groups, a plus.

JOB LOCATION: Central Harlem and out of office appointments are required.


Send resume and cover letter to Cherie Blae, Director for Specialized Services

2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., 3rd floor

New York, NY 10027

Fax: (212) 864-1908


The Many Voices of Lauryn Hill   July 1st, 2010


I interviewed a lot of people for my story about Lauryn Hill’s voice. I had to, because I didn’t know if I’d be able to speak to her myself. The singer and rapper last released a recording eight years ago. She rarely performs in the U.S., and she almost never gives interviews. But her fans haven’t forgotten her — they’re still pleading for her to come back. Hill is a fantastic singer, as well as one of the greatest MCs of all time, and the story of her voice is the story of a generation. It doesn’t take much for a group of 30-somethings to get nostalgic about Hill. Put her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, on at a bar, and it takes the crowd right back to college days or high-school summers. I met Daryl Lutz while he was hanging out with a group of friends on the deck of Marvin’s Bar in downtown Washington, D.C.

“We went to school in Hampton, Va., and she came to do a show,” he said. “It was one of the best times in my life — I mean, she spoke to me! We snuck backstage and I got her to sign my meal card. She said, ‘This is your meal card, brother, you know?’ I said, ‘That’s all I got.’ She signed it, ‘Eat well — L. Boogie.’ That’s something I’ll never forget. I love her. I love her to death.” I heard tons of stories like Lutz’s that night — mostly closed with this plea: “Come back, Lauryn. We need you. Come back!” People spoke directly into the microphone, as if it were a telephone line.

From New Ark To Israel

Hill became a star with the hip-hop trio The Fugees. Their second album, The Score, came out in 1996, and it was an instant classic. The group — Hill, Wyclef Jean and Prakazrel Michel — sounded like they were in perfect sync. On the first single, “Fu-gee-la,” Hill sang the hook, rhymed a verse, then sang again. She was the total package, more so than any other rapper, male or female, has been.

She’s one of slickest rappers ever: Her rhymes are dexterous, spiritual, hilarious, surprising. Without a doubt, she was the best-looking rapper the world had ever seen. And Hill was a soul singer with a real old-school, almost militant, politic. The second single was Hill’s cover of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly.” That recording has never really gone away, and its success built the expectations for Hill’s solo record to a fever pitch. Particularly to women and young girls who listened to her then, she was a revelation. There was steel in her voice when she rapped; she sang like she really cared about our hopeless crushes and our impotent rages, like she really loved us. We thought maybe we could grow up to be like her.

To read full article click here, by Zoe Chace (NPR Music).