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Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections Program honored with a 2011 ACS Child Advocacy Award this Spring

This spring, the New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS) honored several individuals and organizations with Child Advocacy Awards for their outstanding contributions to keeping children safe and strengthening families, including Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections program.

Musical Connections has provided youth in detention with the unique opportunity to participate and perform in musical works that they had developed from start to finish with professional musicians. ACS noted that it has seen great benefits from Musical Connections, as detention staff have reported a positive change in "tone and temperature" around the times these programs take place. Detention residents get to showcase their talents, or discover new ones, and gain exposure to positive activities they can become involved in after their release.

Sarah Johnson and Commissioner Mattingly 

Carnegie Hall's Sarah Johnson and Commissioner John B. Mattingly.  

The honorees were invited to an awards ceremony at ACS headquarters at which Commissioner John B. Mattingly presented each honoree with their award. The Commissioner’s Child Advocacy Awards are part of the agency’s activities recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

"ACS relies on our partnerships with skilled, caring individuals and organizations to help us meet our core mission of protecting children and supporting families," said Mattingly. "Their contributions to this critical work have helped us make a difference in the lives of countless children and young people – not only this month but every single day of the year."

This is the third year that ACS has presented Child Advocacy Awards to external stakeholders for their perseverance, compassion, and professionalism in making a difference in the lives of children and young people. For more information about this award, along with this year's other honorees, visit the New York City Administration for Children's Services website.

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