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Teen Programs

Teens can join clubs, play sports, develop leadership skills, access technology, get homework help, and more.

Teen Programs FAQs

What are the age requirements for the teen program?

Participants must be between 13 and 19 years old.

How do I enroll my child into one of your teen programs?

Fill out registration and contact information at the Community Center (located at 1130 Grand Concourse).

What services do you provide for teens?

We provide academic assistance, tutoring, Regents prep, sports, arts, music production, poetry, dance, college prep services, and job readiness, to name a few.

Do you provide GED classes?

We have GED classes on-site at the Community Center for people between 17 and 21 years of age.

Contact Us.

Ursula Cooper-Hunter, Department Director, Children and Youth
718.508.3193
ucooperhunter@bronxworks.org

Adolescent Development Programs

Our Adolescent Development Programs provide teenagers with opportunities to develop important life skills while promoting academic achievement, career exploration, and exposure to the arts.

Community Center-Based Programs

Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center

1130 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456

Phone:

718.508.3040

Languages:

English and Spanish

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Our middle school and high school Neighborhood Development Area Programs work year-round with students 13 to 17 years of age to ensure a smooth transition from early to late adolescence and to create a safe space for them to explore their interests. The programs operate after school and during the summer, offering:

  • Community service opportunities
  • Homework assistance and tutoring
  • Leadership development
  • Literacy and STEM enrichment
  • Structured recreation
  • Work readiness training

As a Summer Youth Employment Program provider, BronxWorks places 650 youth, ages 14 to 21, in summer employment for six weeks. This program offers youth a unique introduction into the workforce through structured placements and supportive staff. Work applications are available from the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development.

School-Based Programs

Validus Preparatory Academy Teen Action Program

1595 Bathgate Ave
Bronx, NY 10457

Languages:

English

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Our Teen Action Programs offer youth exciting and challenging opportunities to develop their communication and leadership skills through service learning and youth-led discussion. Teens also partake in health workshops that empower them to make smart, healthy decisions.

Frederick Douglass Academy III

3630 Third Ave. Bronx, NY 10456

Phone:

718.508.3075

Languages:

English

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Our program at Frederick Douglass Academy III is designed to assist students with achieving their academic and career goals. We work closely with students applying to college, including their college applications/essays, scholarship applications, and financial aid applications. We also provide work readiness workshops focused on career exploration. Our goal is to assist all of our students in obtaining a diploma and a positive outcome, whether that’s college attendance, long-term employment, an apprenticeship, occupational training, or joining the military.

BronxWorks is an equal opportunity employer/program.

Auxiliary aids and services (TDD/TTY) are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Call 800.662.1220.

Center for Achieving Future Education

Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center

1130 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456

Phone:

718.508.3040

Languages:

English and Spanish

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The BronxWorks Center for Achieving Future Education (CAFÉ) is a program that helps young people and their families with a potentially critical life stage: the transition from high school and/or HSE completion to college. CAFÉ also helps students prepare for a college career. The program’s services include:

  • Assistance with the application and financial aid process
  •  Individual college counseling
  •  Scholarship search help
  •  Visits to colleges and college fairs
  •  Workshops on all aspects of the college application process (including financial aid)

BronxWorks staff also work diligently to ensure that our youth are ready for college beyond matriculation through various supports while enrolled in school. Interested high school and/or HSE students can stop by the CAFÉ Program Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (preferably by appointment).
CAFÉ also has an office at Bronx Community College in Butler Hall, Room 201. It is staffed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cornerstone Community Centers

BronxWorks Cornerstone Community Centers are open year-round. They provide activities for children and youth ages 5 through 21, as well as programs for adults and senior citizens. All activities are free and open to the community, with preference going to NYCHA residents.

For teens, BronxWorks Cornerstone Community Centers offer an exciting variety of activities during the evening. All of these activities provide youth an opportunity to explore diverse interests in a safe space, many of which would otherwise be inaccessible. From the Youth Council—composed of young people of diverse backgrounds who meet regularly and advise BronxWorks staff on issues affecting youth at each Cornerstone Community Center and their communities —to basketball and dance, youth are given critical opportunities to develop leadership and team-building skills. Our cooking classes and physical fitness activities encourage a healthy lifestyle by promoting exercise and smart choices. Open mic and spoken word sessions offer teens a creative outlet where they can share their original work in a supportive environment.

Contact the sites for more information

Contact Us.

Kiesha Roberts, Director of Cornerstones
718.665.1300

Pyramid Cornerstone Community Center

884 Washington Ave
Bronx, NY 10451

Phone:

718.618.0224

Languages:

English

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Our Pyramid Cornerstone Community Center offers programming targeted at older youth, as well as the CAPP/SRAE (Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention/Sexual Risk Avoidance Education) program. CAPP/SRAE offers workshops on sexual and mental health education for teens, as well as a safe space for teens to come with questions about their sexual and mental health.

Contact Us.

Anthony Horne, Program Director, CAPP/SRAE
ahorne@bronxworks.org

Jill Chaifetz Transfer School

Jill Chaifetz Transfer School

778 Forest Ave
Bronx, NY 10456

Contact:

Stephanie Wingert, Program Director
swingert@bronxworks.org

Phone:

718.402.2429

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The Jill Chaifetz Transfer School is a public high school designed for older students aged 16 to 21 who have fallen behind academically. Young adults work with dedicated staff to create individual academic plans that put them back on track to graduate with a traditional high school diploma. Students also receive Regents prep, job readiness training, college placement assistance, and the opportunity to participate in paid internships.

The school was founded through a partnership with BronxWorks, the Department of Education, and New Visions for Public Schools. BronxWorks provides academic support and social services to ensure that students succeed in school and are prepared for life after graduation.

 

South Bronx Prep

SONYC/BronxWorks After-School Program at South Bronx Prep

360 E 145th St
Bronx, NY 10454

Phone:

347.391.4776

Languages:

English

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The BronxWorks SONYC after-school program at South Bronx Preparatory Middle School is designed to provide a safe and engaging place for participants to interact after school hours. We serve approximately 100 participants from grades 6 to 8, with a student-to-staff ratio of 15:1.

We enhance academics by offering tutoring assistance from teachers licensed by the Department of Education and STEM activities such as robotics and gardening. All our counselors are trained to facilitate literacy activities, which include creative writing, poetry, music history, criminal justice, theater, and journaling.

We also offer a variety of extracurricular activities such as culinary arts, arts & crafts, dance, fitness, game club, our Youth Council, community service, and our boys’ basketball team, the BronxWorks Warriors.