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.
Beacon Youth Programs
Beacon youth programs are designed to help participants acquire the skills and attitudes they need to graduate from high school, succeed in their chosen career, and give back to the community. Typical programs are intended to build:
- Academic Enhancement: Activities designed to help with school, including tutoring, homework help, reading clubs, and financial literacy
- Life Skills: Activities designed to increase personal responsibility, self-esteem, and confidence.
- Career Awareness/School to Work Transition: Activities designed to educate young people on career opportunities and assist with the transition to work or higher education. Activities include career exploration workshops, work readiness opportunities, help transitioning from middle school to high school and from high school to college/vocational programs.
- Civic Engagement/Community Building: Activities designed to strengthen leadership skills, community awareness, and civic responsibility.
- Recreation/Health & Fitness: Activities designed to promote healthy lifestyles such as cooking programs and organized sports.
- Culture/Art: Activities designed to provide students with opportunities to express themselves through music, dance, photography, and drama.
Beacon youth participate in a variety of activities, including but not limited to organized girls and boys Basketball leagues in partnership with NIKE, Soccer for Success in partnership with U.S. Soccer Foundation, and Summer Cook shops in collaboration with Food Bank for New York City.
Beacon Adult Programs
Beacon adult programs are designed to enhance skills and promote social interaction, community engagement, and physical activity. Typical adult programs include:
- Adult Basic Education (ABE)
- General Educational Development (GED)
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Parenting Skills
- Family Relations
- Tenant Education and Advocacy
- Intergenerational Activities