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.

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


​Dr. ​Susan ​S. ​McKinney, Secondary School of the Arts
I.S./H.S. 265
101 Park Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Office Telephone: (718) 943-6956