Children and Youth

African Dream Academy

The African Dream Academy (ADA) is a not-for-profit Liberian corporation which operates an Early Childhood Program and Elementary school at its campus on RIA Highway, Monrovia, Liberia West Africa. The school opened for the first time on September 10, 2012. The mission of ADA is to reduce African poverty and foster sustainable development by “empowering African children through education” to realize dreams of a better life.

Asphalt Green

Asphalt Green was founded in 1984 on the site of an abandoned Upper East Side municipal asphalt plant.  It is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals of all ages and backgrounds achieve health through a lifetime of sports and fitness.  Asphalt Green’s diverse offerings benefit children, adults, families, individuals with disabilities, elite athletes and community members.  It offers a mix of fee-based and free classes, sports and fitness programs both on the campus and off-site.  By agreement with the City, 30% of all services provided by Asphalt Green are free.

Children’s Storefront School

The Children’s Storefront is an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem committed to providing a comprehensive education to children with varied academic strengths from preschool through eighth grade. Their work is grounded in the conviction that every child deserves the opportunity for an excellent education.

The Harlem community faces challenges on a number of fronts. The median income is $16,600 and 23 percent of the population is on public assistance. District 11 has the highest concentration of shelters and facilities for drug and alcohol treatment in any community in Manhattan. Children’s Storefront works in partnership with families and community members to prepare children academically, socially and emotionally for further education, empowering each child to reach his or her potential. They inspire the imagination, creativity and love of learning inherent in all children. The school programs promote values of hard work, mutual respect and service to society in a structured, joyful environment.

Tracking indicates that more than 90 percent of Storefront students graduate from high school, in stark contrast to the community rate of 33 percent. Over the last several years, students have attended private schools that include Buxton School, Brooklyn Friends, Miss Hall’s and Northfield Mount Herman in Massachusetts, and the Masters School, Mount St. Michael’s, Xavier, Notre Dame and LaSalle in New York City. Storefront students have gained admission to competitive-entry New York City public schools such as Brooklyn Technical High School, Frederick Douglas Academy and Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Volunteer opportunities through Brick Church.


Church of the Living Hope

For more than 35 years, the Church of the Living Hope has been running a summer camp for youngsters ages 6 to 12 from East Harlem. The goal was, and continues to be, to provide recreational activities during the summer vacation in a safe and caring environment. The program includes spiritual, athletic, academic and cultural aspects, and teaches job skills. The camp lasts seven weeks and can accommodate approximately 45 children. The program is funded mainly through churches in our community.


Daniel’s Music Foundation

Daniel’s Music Foundation provides free music programs to over 250 people with physical or developmental disabilities, ages 3 to adult.  Group classes include piano, percussion, band, rhythm, and song composition, and the organization is predicated on the belief that teaching music in a group setting facilitates the growth of a community as well as building confidence.
In 1997, Daniel Trush, then a seventh grader at Dalton School, suffered multiple strokes after one of his five brain aneurisms burst during a basketball game. He was in a coma for 30 days and, during the next 341 days of hospitalization, music greatly aided his recovery.  In 2006, he, his family, and one of his teachers founded Daniel’s Music Foundation, which began with one “Introduction to Keyboard” class with five participants (known as ‘members’).  Over the course of six years, DMF has grown to 47 classes and over 300 musician members and a lengthy waiting list for both its On-Site and Off-Site programming.  Through the Member Leadership Program, they have hired several members as part time employees to help facilitate programs and as volunteer interns to assist in various tasks.  Currently they have 7 part-time member employees and 15 interns.  In addition, DMF members perform Outreach concerts across the metropolitan area.
They have several performances over the course of the year. DMF has expanded their Off-Site program where they provide the full DMF Experience, including an instructor, two members and equipment to participating locations for up to 10 hours of musical instruction and inspiration.

East Harlem Tutorial Program

East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) has been serving the East Harlem community for more than 49 years. Its mission is to foster a love of learning by enhancing the knowledge, skills, and interests of the children and youth in the community. These goals are achieved through activities including youth development programs, college and career counseling, one-on-one and group tutoring, technology initiatives, the arts, and a summer day camp. More than 500 young people and their families in East Harlem receive services each week. In addition to providing programs and direct services, EHTP has gained national recognition for its pioneering work in after-school education.

Friends of PS 169 – Summer Camp
PS 169, The Robert F. Kennedy School, is a special education middle school located on 88th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. The students who attend the school are learning disabled and emotionally disturbed. Some of them are autistic and most are economically disadvantaged. Many are foster children and quite a few are homeless.
Friends of PS 169 is a neighborhood organization started about 45 years ago that works to enrich the lives of the children by tutoring, supporting literacy and educational programs and summer camp. Camp Ramapo in Rhinebeck, New York is host to PS 169 campers. It costs $2,160 to send one child to camp for three weeks. Summer camp outside New York City is a tremendous enrichment experience in the lives of these children and their families.


GirlsQuest began in 1935 with the mission to empower girls to become strong, productive and caring contributors to their communities through outdoor experiential education. The program offers girls from New York City their first camp experience, and year-round mentoring and leadership training.

Camp Oh-Neh-Tah, the GirlsQuest facility, is located on 464 acres 150 miles north of New York City on Silver Lake in the Catskill Mountains. Each summer, 300 girls attend camp — 100 per session. Ninety percent of campers are from families below the poverty level and 95 percent come from single-parent, grandparent or foster families.

Manna House

Founded in 1967, Manna House’s mission is to establish a sense of pride in youth by exemplifying the harmony that can be achieved among diverse cultural groups through jazz. Manna House is a grassroots nonprofit educational and cultural organization based in East Harlem serving all of the greater New York area. Manna House provides an alternative to the streets for children, teenagers and adults by offering educational programs in music, dance, and performing arts. Founded by Gloria DeNard, an alumna of the Julliard School of Music, Manna House strives to meet the needs of talented persons in this community.

Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center

The Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center reaches across generations and cultures with innovative programming that encourages growth and self-reliance throughout every stage of life. Bridging the neighborhoods of Yorkville and East Harlem, the Center provides educational and cultural opportunities and promotes social and physical well-being while responding to the changing needs of the communities it serves.Founded in 1964 in the settlement house tradition, Stanley Isaacs services include Meals on Wheels, adult day services, a senior center of over 2,100 members, after school and evening programs for children and teens, youth employment services, adult education classes, community, cultural and educational events and workshops, and parent education. Stanley Isaacs has a track record of program innovations that have served as models for others in the fields of older adult services, adult education and youth services. This ministry offers volunteer opportunities to provide fellowship to a lonely elder; assist the elderly in shopping or medical visits, and assist staff at the senior center, particularly during lunch time. For more information, please visit the Stanley Isaacs Center website.

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers’ core program is the Summer Outdoor Experiential Education Program. Approximately 300 children spend 24 days each summer living at the camp’s rustic site in rural New Jersey. Trail Blazers’ Summer Program encourages the development of academic and social skills as well as self-esteem. Conservation and respect for the natural world are also emphasized. Trail Blazers also works to combat the achievement gap. Summer participants receive at least three hours of academic enrichment each day through hands-on workshops in environmental science, math and literacy. A study completed by an independent evaluator reported that after attending a single session at Trail Blazers, children improved by one letter grade in school.

The program focuses on noncompetitive, educational activities. There are no competitive sports or contests at Trail Blazers – instead, activities emphasize the growth of the “whole” child emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically. Children learn by doing, rather than through lecture.

Trinity Lutheran Church – Trinity Place Shelter

Trinity Lutheran Church was one of the first churches in New York to address the AIDS crisis. Trinity Place is a shelter for homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 18-24.  The objective of the program is to provide a safe, transitional space for these youths, and to assist our guests in establishing stable and productive lives. Trinity Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Trinity is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, which means it welcomes all people, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and couples as fully participating members of its ministry.  The church has been a neighborhood fixture on West 110th Street and Amsterdam Avenue for over 100 years and an “open” church for more than 30 years.

Trinity Place Shelter was established in the basement of the church premises in 2006 in response to an unfilled need. They will be celebrating 6 years of “never shutting their doors” in June. It is one of the few shelters of its type in New York.