Partnership with Children appoints Wesner Pierre as CEO

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Wesner Pierre, CEO of Partnership with Children

We are delighted to welcome Wesner Pierre as our new CEO who will continue to build on our organization’s significant accomplishments, financial strength, and most importantly, our trusted reputation among the communities and children we serve. — Andrew Bettwy, Chairman of the Board of PWC.

Partnership with Children (PWC), the 114-year-old nonprofit whose pioneering social work and community school programs support the mental health and well-being of school children in New York City, named Wesner Pierre as its next CEO. Former Senior General Manager of Programs at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) and Vice President of CAMBA, Inc., Pierre brings to this position deep expertise in growing innovative educational and community initiatives for children and families, and a commitment to continue PWC’s leadership as an anti-racism organization.

“We are delighted to welcome Wesner Pierre as our new CEO who will continue to build on our organization’s significant accomplishments, its financial strength and, most importantly, our reputation of trust among the communities and children we serve.” , said Andrew Bettwy, Chairman of the Board.

Pierre assumes this role as the long-time CEO of PWC. Margaret Crotty becomes President and CEO of John Snow International (JSI) and its subsidiary, World Education International (World Ed), a move announced in July 2021. looking at the transition and ensuring that PWC continues on its anti-racism journey and remains a pillar of child mental health in the New York education system,” Bettwy added.

During his 10-year tenure, Crotty professionalized and stabilized the organization, expanded the board and staff, and tripled the size of the organization’s budget. Partnership with Children is now one of the city’s leading providers of community-based school programs and mental health support, known for its strong trauma-informed school programs for New York City school children facing trauma. financial, housing and food insecurity and the effects of the systemic crisis. racism. Community school principals and PWC social work staff engage parents, school staff and neighborhood organizations in transformative programs bringing health care, after-school learning, technology, food and other resources.

“Wesner Pierre is an agent of positive change, having worked in the social sector for more than a dozen years. We are delighted to have him now leading our organization with his immense expertise, empathy and passion,” said Bettwy.

Throughout his career, Pierre has driven innovation and growth with an unwavering commitment to youth, families and community development. At HCZ, he oversaw all of the organization’s pipeline programs serving 28,000 youth and families, including social services, family and support services, parenting, community and health programs, after-school and higher education. and professional support work. During his eight years at CAMBA, he expanded the reach of the community center program from 3,100 youth and families served to more than 13,500 annually.

Pierre began his career in education and youth development as the director of the Beacon Community Center. As a New York native who grew up in the underprivileged downtown community of South Jamaica Queens, Pierre found satisfaction in working and giving back to that same community.

“I am proud to join PWC at such a critical time in our society as we support the children hardest hit by the pandemic. The work of our team lighting their path touches me deeply. cannot be properly quantified, my commitment is to defend the voice of our young people and the work of our team every day,” he said.

Pierre is a former assistant professor at LaGuardia Community College, an author of educational texts and a member of the board of directors of the master’s program in youth studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS). He is active in ongoing leadership development work and is an alumnus of American Express Leadership Academy, 2015; member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, 2017; PASEsetter, 2017; nominated American Express Global Alumni of the Year, 2019; an Aspen Scholar, 2019; published twice in Forbes in January 2020; and creator of American Express’ global alumni platform, LeadersCafe 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from City College and a Master of Arts from Queens College, City University of New York.

With an annual budget that has grown significantly over the past decade, PWC’s vital services are funded by municipal, state, and federal government agencies and foundation grants, including through multi-year contracts that ensure the sustainability of programs serving 30,000 students in New York’s five boroughs. With its acquisition last year of the Center for Arts Education (CAE), PWC expanded its portfolio of services to enhance social-emotional learning and social justice initiatives in New York City schools.

Partnership with Children (PWC)

For more than 100 years, Partnership with Children has supported children in New York City. Today, it reaches more than 30,000 students in all five boroughs with school programs rooted in a trauma-informed approach, an unwavering commitment to anti-racism, and expertise in children’s social-emotional well-being.

PWC is one of the largest service providers in the New York City Community Schools Initiative and a leading provider of school-based mental health services. Its full-time, licensed social workers provide social-emotional learning programs, trauma-informed counseling and mental health services, so students can learn and thrive. In 19 community schools, PWC specialist teams integrate academics, health, social services, youth development and community engagement.

In 2020, PWC acquired the Center for Arts Education (CAE) to expand its portfolio of services to enhance social-emotional learning and racial justice initiatives in New York schools.

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