Cornelia Connelly Center
Connelly Middle School
New York City, NY

Cornelia Connelly Center’s strength is found in its unique community that is built on decades of support, gratitude, love, and generosity. Located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, our Center was founded to be a community where young girls are championed and encouraged to pursue the future of their choice.

From the beginning, CCC has been shaped by our fellows: men and women who believe that access to quality education for every student is at the heart of enacting social justice. The Resident Teaching Fellow Program at Cornelia Connelly Center is a dynamic, service opportunity for passionate individuals to spend up to two years in the field of urban education, while living and working in a faith-based community. Resident Teaching Fellows are recent college graduates who are committed to creating social change through service immersion, particularly in New York City. Resident Teaching Fellows gain valuable exposure to the inner workings of a school and a non-profit in the Holy Child tradition.

In recent years, we've had the pleasure and joy of welcoming our own graduates back into our center. This school year we have two graduates who are Resident Teaching Fellows on staff. Hiliana Arroyo, Class of 2015, shares that her deciding factor in returning back to CCC as a fellow came from her desire to give back to the community that gave so much to her. “As a CCC graduate it feels incredible to be back in the center as a Graduate Support Program Fellow. In my role I support each girl in her academic pursuits through high school prep, SAT prep, college visits, and 1-1 advising. I always knew that giving back to this community was in my cards, and this opportunity fit perfectly into my want to reciprocate and offer all that I took in from my journey and more.” From when our girls enter our doors we emphasize what it means to become young individuals of faith and we highlight that one can enrich their own life by ultimately contributing to the lives of others.

As Cornelia Connelly states, “generosity, generosity, generosity must be the beginning and ending of our life”. To live a life of selflessness is to love and through service our community feel’s God’s undeniable presence through them and they are able to live by the exact mission put forth by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.