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The Door And The CityKids Foundation Welcome The Duke And Duchess Of

Cambridge During Their First Visit To New York City

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Two of New York City’s leading

youth organizations - The Door and The CityKids Foundation - welcomed

Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a tour

and youth performance, including original song, dance and theater

pieces, during their first official visit to New York City.

Additionally the Duke and Duchess sat down for a private meeting with

eight young people from The Door and The CityKids Foundation to learn

more about their experiences growing up in New York City, the

obstacles they faced, and the steps they took to shape who they are

today.

Through their Royal Foundation, the Duke and Duchess have shown clear

interest in the wellbeing of young people, including health and mental

health issues, education and access to opportunity. Their visit to The

Door/The CityKids Foundation provided a chance to witness first-hand

New York City’s innovative, effective models for supporting young

people in need.

Assisting more than 10,000 young people aged 12-24 every year, The

Door is New York City’s premier youth development organization

offering a unique range and breadth of services found nowhere else.

The Door empowers young people to reach their greatest potential by

providing fully integrated and supportive services including health

and mental health care, education, job training, legal services (with

a focus on immigration), support for homeless youth, nutritious meals,

and vibrant arts programming - now made more robust with the addition

of CityKids’ nationally-recognized theater arts training. All services

are offered for free and under one roof.

“It’s safe to say that there is no place like The Door in New York

City, offering the range of services that we do, the way we do it,”

states Executive Director Julie Shapiro. “I’m incredibly honored to

have been chosen, along with our newest partner, The CityKids

Foundation, as one of the sites for this momentous visit with the Duke

and Duchess and I’m so delighted that we were able to offer them a

glimpse of the magic that takes place and the opportunities we create

within these walls.”

“Throughout the last 30 years The CityKids Foundation has touched the

lives of tens of thousands of young people in New York City and the

nation, giving them a voice and an outlet for expression,” states

Laurie Meadoff, founder of The CityKids Foundation.  ”By experiencing

the deep and meaningful work and words of the youth of The CityKids

Foundation and The Door, the Duke and Duchess will not only catch a

deep glimpse into the lives of these young people but also see what

amazing results happen when you give young people a safe space to

process the world around them.”

Learn more about The Door: www.door.org . Learn more about The

CityKids Foundation: www.citykids.com .

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SOURCE The CityKids Foundation

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