With help from a dedicated educator, students in Brooklyn are making a difference in the lives of shelter animals. When she was a teenager, Antonia Mancini decided to volunteer at North Shore Animal League America. It changed her life. Today, as an English teacher and humane educator, she is teaching a whole new generation of teenagers what it means to connect to shelter animals in personal, meaningful ways.
Toni began using the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, NY, where she taught for four years. Now at the High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media (iAM) in Brooklyn, NY, she teaches creative writing and facilitates the school’s Humane Society Club. iAM is part of a select group of Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools in New York City that blend rigorous academics with real-life work skills.