Giving East Harlem youth the tools to thrive.
What We Do
Through our programs, over 2,400 eager and energetic children and teens actively seek and create opportunities to forge brighter futures. Youth Services provides robust afterschool and summer education, arts and recreation programs for young people ages 5-24. We tap into their potential by providing activities ranging from creative arts and sports to job-readiness programs and higher education. Our innovative and dedicated staff guides our youth during school, afterschool, over holidays and the summer with activities that foster a sense of community and identity.
Services & Programs
Bridges serves over 400 middle school students through academic, personal and cultural enrichment as well as two specialized programs: the Healing Our Problems Early Program (HOPE), which focuses on sexual literacy and personal development, and our year-round Middle School College Preparation Program designed to help students in East Harlem’s middle schools gain admission to competitive high schools that will set them on the path to higher education.
College Readiness Program
In its 50-year history, our College Readiness program has provided over 20,000 low-income students with guidance and encouragement to pursue higher learning. We provide services to high school juniors and seniors, helping them graduate on time and navigate the college selection, admissions and financial aid processes.
Click to learn more at our program page or by calling (212) 828-6136.
East Harlem Teen Health Project
The East Harlem Teen Health Project (THP) offers comprehensive, age-appropriate, and culturally sensitive sexual health education to teens in our area. The THP works to reduce the rates of teen pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, and STIs in East Harlem via community awareness, educational workshops, and events.
Click to learn more at our program page or by calling (646) 672-5084.
Rising Stars Program
We enroll 350 youngsters ages 5 to 12 in year-round activities, including homework assistance, tutoring, computer instruction, visual and performing arts projects, recreational activities and a summer day camp. We also offer programs such as our multidisciplinary Theme Teams, Kids Lit, hands-on preventative arts workshops and circus arts.
Click to learn more at our program page or call (212) 828-6132.
Union East – High School Services
High School Services for youth ages 14-18 provides employment and educational opportunities for in-school youth, including, tutoring, internships and job skills development.
Click to learn more at our program page or call (212) 828-6134.
Intergenerational Tutoring Program
Union Settlement recruits and trains local older adults to tutor and mentor children in grades K-3 who need help developing reading and writing skills. Through an award-winning approach developed by the OASIS Institute, tutors and East Harlem students work together throughout the school year to build the children’s reading skills, self-esteem, and positive attitudes towards learning.
To volunteer or for more information, please contact Joe Rogers, Jr., Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or 212-828-6121.
Advocacy, Intervene, Mentor (AIM)
Our AIM program, launched in fall 2012, provides a minimum of 15 hours of one-on-one mentoring per week to youth who are on probation and referred by Department of Probation. Services include counseling, case management, home visits and life skills development. Each participant also attends monthly (or more, as needed) family team meetings with the program director, mentor and primary caregiver.
Young fathers ages 16 to 24 join our Fatherhood program because it provides individual and family counseling, parent skills workshops, job readiness training and placement, visitation assistance, court advocacy, mentoring, conflict resolution training and life skills workshops. We also offer supplemental services such as a pantry for fathers and recreational trips for fathers and their children.
For information call (212) 828-6113.
Reconnect and Rise
Reconnect and Rise is a rigorous program of educational, vocational and support services designed to help young men ages 16 to 24 who have left or been pushed out of school and are struggling in the job market.
Our Wildcats basketball program incorporates education, leadership development and community activism for teens 17 and under and children 12 and under in order to build a well-rounded student-athlete. Members of the team practice at least twice weekly and participate in competitive tournaments around NYC and the tri-state area.
Please complete these Youth Enrollment Forms [PDF 900K] to enroll your child in youth programs at Union Settlement. We can only accept original copies of the application. Please mail or deliver all forms to the address below and send them to the attention of the Front Office.
Location and Contact Information
Washington Community Center
1775 Third Avenue (98th Street), New York, NY 10029
Director of Youth Services