Youth Development

According to the US Department of Labor, women over the age of 25 who have not completed high school or equivalent earn 39% less than those who received a diploma or GED, and men in the same age group earn 30% less.

BCS’s child and youth education programs support students (K-12) and give them a greater opportunity to succeed in future academic, social and economic endeavors.


Youth Stand United

Youth Stand United: Employment and Education Program [Brownsville] helps young people (16-21) with severe emotional challenges and who have experienced trauma (Example: homelessness and abuse) gain their high school equivalency degree and prepare for a career.


Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service

Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service [Clinton Hill] helps at-risk students  (16 to 21) from failing out and provides a path to a Regents Diploma and plan for post-secondary success.


Cornerstone Programs


  • Seth Low Houses in Brownsville
  • Farragut Houses in Fort Greene
  • Carey Gardens in Coney Island
  • O’Dwyer Garden in Coney Island

Cornerstone provides holistic programming that engages the entire community, but with a real youth-led focus. At four locations, the program provides youth and children with afterschool programming, middle school and teen programming, recreational and social programming, and workforce readiness training for older youth.


Beacon Programs

Beacon programs are school-based community centers serving children age six and older, and adults. There are currently 80 Beacons located throughout the five boroughs of New York City operating in the afternoons and evenings, on weekends, and during school holidays and vacation periods, including the summer.