Youth Services

Giving East Harlem youth the tools to thrive.

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What We Do

Through our programs, over 2,400 eager and energetic children, teens and young adults 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

Advocacy, Intervene, Mentor (AIM)
Bridges Middle School Program
Career Academy
College Readiness Program
East Harlem Youth Opportunity Hub
Intergenerational Tutoring Program
Reconnect and Rise
Rising Stars Program


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.

Bridges Middle School Program

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.

Learn more at our program page >

Career Academy

Career Academy is a workforce development resource for job seekers and a “no fee” talent acquisition service for employers. Serving young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 who are neither working nor in school, the Academy seeks to help individuals with complex barriers to employment (such as criminal justice system involvement and housing instability) to improve their ability to competitively enter and remain in the workforce. This is accomplished through a series of workshops covering essential job search and life skills, individual counseling, placement assistance and follow up retention services.

Learn more at our program page >

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 Youth Opportunity Hub (EHYOH)

Created in partnership with the New York County District Attorney’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative, the approach of the East Harlem Youth Opportunity Hub will be to incorporate best practices to engage youth that develops resiliency factors via a range of wraparound support and opportunities, including academic enrichment, life skills, personal development/wellness, cultural enrichment, career development and recreational activities.

Click to learn more at our program page or by emailing

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.

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 or 212-828-6121.

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.


Enrollment Information

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
(212) 828-6111

Director of Youth Services
Gilberto Agosto
(212) 828-6136