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Positive Character and Health Development

At J.H.S. 226, Beacon program participants planted a “peace garden” as part of their service learning project.

The Child Center of NY empowers students to be responsible and active citizens. We do this by providing and promoting opportunities to contribute to the local community at all our programs, as well as through specialized programs on topics such as sexual health and service learning. These programs help equip young people with the knowledge, emotional support, and critical thinking skills that help them grow into adults who are committed to giving back to their communities and able to rely on their own good judgment.

Comprehensive Pregnancy Prevention Program

45-10 94th Street
Elmhurst, New York 11373
Phone: 718-271-1487 ext. 5462
Additional sites in Far Rockaway and Jamaica

  • Senior Program Director: Rachelle Valbrun,
  • Hours: Monday—Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Services provided: CAPP provides comprehensive, age-appropriate, evidence-based, and medically accurate sexuality education to promote healthy sexual behaviors including abstinence, delaying the onset of sexual activity, and reducing the practice of risky sexual behaviors among youth. The workshops are for youth ages 10-21 in specific targeted communities (zip codes 11373, 11368, 11434, 11433, 11692 and 11691).
  • Special services: Peer leadership, community service learning
  • Ages accepted: 10-21
  • Languages spoken: English
  • Public transportation: Subway—7 train to Junction Boulevard

Far Rockaway RBI

115-15 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11434
Phone: 718-659-4000
Senior Program Director: Rachelle Valbrun

A baseball league for youth ages 6-14, formed in partnership with other community partners, including Major League Baseball (MLB). Participants engage in practices and games, fun clinics, baseball-related youth development activities, and opportunities to engage with MLB players and other personnel from the New York Mets. Emphasizes the values of teamwork, self-discipline, dedication, and sportsmanship through baseball.

Further Reading

Youth Baseball League in Far Rockaway Kicks Off
Peace March Kicks Off Far Rock LL The Wave
Five local teams invited to All-Star Youth ClassicThe San Diego Union-Tribune
Issaih’s Story

My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper Youth Council

Youth Development Institute
22 Cortlandt Street 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 917-993-7168

The MBSK program gives teens the tools and the platform to work on a specific policy and present a plan to city officials. Together with the Youth Development Institute, The Child Center provides MBSK members with training in such areas as public speaking, policymaking, research, and problem-solving. The MBSK is teaching government and citizenship through hands-on policymaking, inspiring teens to be knowledgeable, empowered, and active citizens, poised to make an impact in their communities.

  • Program Facilitator: Saher Mahmood
  • Hours: Meets weekly within regional hubs and monthly as a larger group
  • Ages accepted: 14-21
  • Admission criteria: High school students interested in civic engagement
  • Public transportation: E train to World Trade Center or R train to Cortlandt Street

Youth Mentoring Initiative

With a grant from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, YMI provides middle- and high school-age youth with positive role models in a safe, encouraging environment. The program’s overarching goal is to promote positive changes in young people’s attitudes toward themselves, the people around them, and their futures. To achieve this goal, our YMI staff assist youth in exploring college and careers, support them through school transitions or new school environments, cultivate an ethic of service to their communities, and encourage the development of leadership skills. Each participant is partnered with a mentor based on compatibility and meets with his or her mentor both in groups and individually.

Aspirations Diploma Plus High School
302 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11225
718-773-7765 Ext. 1072
Contact: Xavier Bishop

Ocean Bay Community Cornerstone
57-10 Beach Channel Drive
Arverne, NY 11692
Contact: Deborah Hoyle

Parsons Beacon
Parsons Community School
158-40 76th Road, Room B29
Flushing, NY 11366
Contact: Candace Green

Redfern Cornerstone Community Center
1544 Hassock Street
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Contact: Qamar Hunter

  • Hours: Varies by site; 90 minutes per week
  • Services provided: Development workshops, discussion groups, field trips, and mentorship
  • Admission criteria: Must be a site participant, fill out an application, and be selected for the program.

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