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Hamilton charity lands Downtown Brooklyn deal

(August 10, 2020)

Eliza Hamilton’s orphanage is expanding in Downtown Brooklyn. The family services agency Graham Windham has signed a 6,000-square-foot lease at 25 Chapel St., brokerage Transwestern Real Estate Services announced Monday. 

…[The] new Downtown Brooklyn location will focus on providing critical preventative services. The office layout will have workspaces that meet social distancing requirements and a technology infrastructure to allow people to work remotely. said. Read more ►

Graham School residential programs in Hastings will close by the fall

(July 14, 2020)

Plans to close the 214-year-old program, which was formerly the Eliza Hamilton orphanage featured in the live-action play “Hamilton,” has been in the works for about a year, but the pandemic sped up the plans, CEO Jess Dannhauser said.

“This decision comes as a result of a combination of good public policy to serve more children in families and near home, not-so-good public policy that has devalued the extraordinary staff that do this work, financial challenges and a strategic decision on our part to focus more of our efforts on community-based help to families,” Dannhauser said. Read more ►

NYC program that provides coaches to foster youth sees budget slashed, then restored in tumultuous week

(July 6, 2020)

“It’s extraordinary,” said Jess Dannhauser, the CEO of Graham Windham, a foster care agency and member of the coalition that pushed for the city to fund Fair Futures program. “It’s a miracle, after the budget was finalized.” The surprising reversal caps months of frantic advocacy to save the program, which supporters say is a lifeline for young people transitioning out of foster care into adult life. Read more ►

The History Channel: How Alexander Hamilton’s Widow, Eliza, Carried On His Legacy

(June 30, 2020)

Eliza Hamilton poured her energy into founding a free school and an orphanage in New York to help children in need. Read more ►

Some summer camps affected by COVID-19 measures still plan to open

(May 8, 2020)

“[The] majority of the families in this community live either at or below the poverty line. We live in what most people will consider a food desert with not a lot of access to fresh produce food,” Rosa said.

Rosa and Graham Windham’s CEO Jess Dannhauser are calling on the mayor to lift the restrictions to all Department of Youth and Community Development funded summer camps in the city by allowing kids a safe place to go this summer.

But, if that doesn’t happen, they’re willing to foot the bill. Read more ►

This Organization Helps Trans Foster Youth Prepare for Adulthood

(February 10, 2020)

Two inspiring young people from Graham Windham who identify as LGBTQ talk about how their Graham SLAM coaches changed – and even saved – their lives. Watch video ►

Parent Advocates Help Keep Families Together

(August 7, 2019)

“It’s all of our jobs at Graham to build a culture where families are respected, heard and spoken to compassionately and honestly.” Dannhauser says his agency has been able to hire and retain advocates because it is an organizational priority. Since creating its Family Success Initiative in 2014, Graham has grown from a single parent advocate to four full-time “Family Coaches” who are life-experienced in facing the child welfare system. ACS funding through its contracts would enable the program to grow. Read more ►

New York City Chips In $10 Million to Pair Older Foster Youth with Life Coaches Through Age 26

(June 19, 2019)

“The many young people and organizations that make up the Fair Futures Coalition are thrilled,” said Jess Dannhauser, President and CEO of the human services nonprofit Graham Windham, in an email to the Chronicle on behalf of the Fair Futures campaign. “We are very grateful to the City Council for its tireless advocacy and to the de Blasio Administration for including this investment in the budget. New York City is leading the way nationally. It is also sending a clear message to young people in or transitioning from foster care that the City believes in them and their futures.”  Read more ►

“Fair Futures” for Foster Youth

(May 9, 2019)

Jess Dannhauser, President and CEO of Graham Windham, and Pilar Laurancuent, Director of the Graham SLAM coaching program at Graham Windham, talk about the Fair Futures campaign to secure $50 million in funding for a coaching program for youth who age out of foster care at 21. Joining them is Selwyn Bernardez, a former youth in foster care and participant in the Graham SLAM program, to talk about his experience in the system.  Read more ►

How to Work with Parents who Lost their Children to Foster Care

(May 3, 2019)

Rise is working with child welfare agencies to operationalize these recommendations. This work began at Graham Windham, when participants in the writing group decided to share their suggestions in a letter to the agency’s leadership. To their surprise, both Rise and the agency took their ideas seriously and their words led to change. Now, four years later, Graham has a parent handbook. Its waiting room walls are covered in the informational posters and handouts, developed by Rise parent leaders, that explain parents’ rights and roles in visits. A parent advocate reviews both of these tools one-on-one with parents soon after their children are placed in foster care. These changes have contributed to the agency achieving top reunification outcomes in New York City.  Read more ►

Life Coaches and Mentors Help Foster Children Succeed

(April 30, 2019)

“With more than 25,000 young people in foster care in New York City, it is more important to provide a pathway to success to these children starting at a young age. The Graham SLAM program provides the support, the mentorship and the life coaching necessary for these young people to achieve their goals in life and to provide access to opportunities that they would otherwise never know about.”  Read more ►

New York City Advocates Ask De Blasio For $50 Million for Foster Youth Life Coaches

(March 1, 2019)

“We can no longer accept poor life outcomes for youth in foster care. And, we don’t have to,” said Jess Dannhauser, president of Graham Windham, a child welfare provider in the city, in the statement released this morning. “These type of academic, career and social supports are commonplace for most NYC kids whose families have access to these resources but are still not the norm for most young people leaving foster care in NYC.”  Read more ►

Network Model of Emotional Peer Support Groups Eases Stress for Foster Parents, Staff 

(August 20, 2018)

“Here at Graham Windham, a youth development and family organization located in New York City, we rely heavily on data and ways to elicit information from our participants and staff and use the information to improve practices and change our systems. As a result, we are evolving to meet the needs of the populations we serve.”  Read more ►

New York City’s Child Welfare System Quietly Swims Upstream to Prevent Family Separation

(June 6 2018)

“Our space is your space. When someone walks in, we greet them. We’re not taking notes, we’re not asking a lot of personal questions or judging you,” says Lopez, director of this novel support program operated by the family and youth services nonprofit Graham Windham, which has contracted with the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to help stem the tide of child abuse referrals.  Read more ►

Commissioner Hansell Launches Graham’s “O.U.R Place”, First of Three Family Enrichment Centers

(April 5, 2018)

Commissioner David A. Hansell was joined by Graham Windham CEO Jess Dannhauser, ACS and provider agency staff and community leaders for the launch of Graham’s “O.U.R. Place,” the first of three innovative Family Enrichment Centers in NYC to provide families and communities with comprehensive services. Named by community members O.U.R. (Organizing to be United + Resilient) Place is located in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx and is managed by Graham. The New York Times got a preview of O.U.R. Place a few weeks ago and it was prominently featured here.  Read more ►

Jess Dannhauser joins AOL’s BUILD Series to discuss Graham SLAM and The Eliza Project 

(February 6, 2018)

Graham SLAM (Support, Lead, Achieve, and Model) is one of Graham’s most notable programs, because it offers participants support until the age of 25 – even if they are no longer part of the child welfare system. The program coaches and guides children and adolescents in the foster care or juvenile justice systems (or at risk of entering the system) through high school, college or vocational school, and their search for a living-wage career.  Watch Jess’ interview ►

Smithsonian adds Eliza Hamilton’s Portrait to its Collection

(November 7, 2017)

The portrait, which hung at the Graham School in New York since the early 1900s, is the first artifact related to Eliza Hamilton in the D.C. museum’s collection. “The connection between Eliza Hamilton and the musical Hamilton shows philanthropy’s collaborative power and the American ideals of participation, resourcefulness and shared responsibility that continue to shape a distinctive form of giving in our nation,” said John Gray, the Elizabeth MacMillan director of the National Museum of American History. A video of the discussion about the connection between Eliza Hamilton’s and the Hamilton cast’s philanthropic efforts with Graham via The Eliza Project is available in here.

Morgan Marcell, Original Hamilton Cast, Debuts The Eliza Project Documentary

(November 7, 2017)

Watch this first look at Sharing Our Stories: The Eliza Project, a 10 minute Short Documentary about the inception, purpose and hopeful legacy of The Eliza Project, co-founded by Philippa Soo (original ‘Eliza Hamilton,’ Hamilton) and Morgan Marcell. Featuring Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Lin-Manuel Miranda and our students.  Read more ►

Graham’s President and CEO, Jess Dannhauser talks about Eliza Hamilton’s Legacy

(October 5, 2017)

Learn more about our history in this great interview with our President and CEO via WNET’s MetroFocus.  Watch the interview ►

DA Vance Invests $1.875 Million to Support Our Graham SLAM Program

(October 5, 2017)

District Attorney Vance is helping to build persistence and determination in our young people which leads to their success. We are inspired by today’s announcement and deeply grateful for DA Vance’s investment in our Graham SLAM program, which has 52 kids in college today. His profound belief in our young people will make a life-changing difference in hundreds more young lives.”  Read more ►

Charlie Rose: A look at one of the oldest orphanages in the country

(August 02, 2017)

Learn more about our history and mission in this great interview with Luis A. Miranda, Jr. founding partner at MirRam Group and Jeffrey Seller, producer of Hamilton: An American Musical via The Charlie Rose Show. Watch the interview ►

Graham’s Community School at PS/MS123 featured in Education Week

(July 11, 2017)

NYC’s Community Schools Initiative, which provides services like counseling, dental care and vision screening in school buildings has decreased absenteeism in many schools .  Read more ►

Graham Windham Announces Complete Learning Technology Overhaul From HP

(May 4, 2017) 

HP will provide our historic Graham School with a brand new, fully equipped learning studio technology center, student PCs & educational tools to support both teachers and students at the historic campus in Westchester County, NY.  Read more ►