After School/Camps/Mentoring

Community Association of Progressive Dominicans

offers youth services like tutoring, high school and college prep, summer camp, substance abuse counseling, mental health services, parenting groups, case management services as well as ESL&GED classes, help with benefits, food pantry and more. 3940 Broadway, 2nd floor (212) 781-5500.

East Harlem Tutorial Program

Tutoring in reading, writing, math science, computers/technology and much more. Upper East Side. Free, but must enroll over summer. Ages 6-18 years. (212) 831-0650

Go Project

an acacemic assistance and social service organization that helps elementary age public school students in lower Manhattan. Go Summer is a 5-week classroom program where students build basic skills in reading and math with enrichment in computers, art, music, drama and sports. Go School comprises 21/2 hours of tutoring on Saturday mornings and Go Families is a year-round social service program which empowers parents to help their children with learning and behavioral issues. 86 Fourth Avenue, (212) 533-3744

Harlem School of the Arts

Offers programs in visual arts, theater, dance and music; summer programs; college prep. Ages 4 and up. (212) 926-4100

Harlem RBI

Uses baseball and softball and the power of teams to provide inner city kids with opportunities to play, learn and grow. After-school programs in East Harlem location include mentoring, homework help, as well as summer camp. Free, first-come, first served. (212) 722-1608

Lower East Side Girls Clubs of New York

For girls 8-18, offers arts, athletic, cultural and life skills programs. (212) 982-1633

Pelham Fritz Recreation Center

After-school program provides homework help, activities (arts and crafts, outside play, performing arts, karate), field trips. Monday-Friday 3-6 pm, for ages 6-13 years. Mount Morris Park and 122nd Street. (212) 860-1380

Stanley H. Isaacs Center

Offers after-school and summer programs. Upper East Side location. (212) 360-7625.

Creative Arts Workshops for Kids

Uses visual and performing arts to help young people in East Harlem deal with life issues. CAW sponsors art programs that empower youth to voice their needs, enhance their self-esteem, build social skills. Holds Saturday art workshops, Summer Arts Job Program for teens. Workshops are held on first and third Saturday of each month. Tangible job skills in design, construction, landscaping and urban revitalization are also taught. (646) 424-0392

Union Settlement Association

Offers childcare, afterschool programs, homework help, sports, day camp and more. Also has an education center where children can stay and do homework or other activities in a supervised environment. Washington Community Center, 1775 Third Avenue at 98th Street (212) 828-6125.

YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood

provides many kinds of recreational and educational activities for kids (playgroups, after-school program, school holiday trips, summer day camp, sports, teen social program, mentoring). Also has fitness facilities and a gymn. 54 Nagle Avenue; (212) 569-6200.

Baychester Youth Council

Offers after-school, holiday and summer camp programs; college prep, leadership and computer training; health referrals, legal and counseling referrals, arts programs and recreational opportunities.1220 East 229th Street, Bronx, NY 10466; (718) 325-9484.

Casita Maria

offers children age 6-14 summer camp, homework help, leadership, test prep, computer literacy, skill building, tutoring, and arts (music, dance, theater); also offers programs during holidays and mid-winter breaks. Also offers community support and referrals to entitlement programs. 830 Southern Blvd. 4th floor, Bronx (718) 589-2230

Boys Clubs of New York

Comprehensive programs for boys at sites in Flushing, East Harlem, Lower East Side. After-school, summer sleep-away and day camp programs. Strong educational services.
Flushing (718) 886-5454

Queens Community House

Services for young people include summer day camp, afterschool activities including homework help and computer training as well as fun, an evening teen center M-F nights, leadership programs for boys and girls 12-18. Many locations throughout Queens.
(718) 592-5757

Sunnyside Community Services

provides a wide array of services for Western Queens kids 6-21 and parents, including after school programs, advice on choosing a NYC public school, SAT prep and college advice, help and placement for teenage job seekers, aid in obtaining government benefits, ESL classes for adults and kids, GED prep. In addition, the Beacon Community Center at IS 5 in Elmhurst offers activities for kids after school and during school vacations. Spanish and Chinese spoken. (718) 784-6173, ext. 420.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Catholic Charities of Brooklyn&Queens

Single parents should contact this organization, which provides carefully-screened mentors for their children. (718) 722-6066.

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park

Sponsors summer day camp and an afterschool program and seeks to maintain a creative and supportive environment for young people all year long. Also offers family counseling and other helpful services. For Sunset Park residents, Spanish and Chinese spoken. 345-43rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232; (718) 788-3500.

Association to Benefit Children

provides integrated services for families including nursery programs, health care, housing help, mental health services, crisis intervention, job training and employment assistance, afterschool and summer camp programs, mentoring and legal help. (212) 831-1322.

Fresh Air Fund

City kids can stay with a host family in the country or attend one of the Fresh Air Fund’s five camps in upstate New York. Year-round programs also offered. Register early! (800) 367-0003

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York

Provides mentors to children who need a caring adult role model in their lives, a friend who can help to expand their horizon and enrich their futures. Children ages 7-17 are matched with adult mentors 21 years or older to spend 4 consecutive hours every other week for at least one year. Mentors and children have fun together; activities are first approved by parent or guardian. Mentors are carefully screened.
To enroll: 212.686.2042
To volunteer:, or apply online

Coalition for the Homeless

sponsors two programs to help kids living in shelters: Camp Homeward Bound, the first summer camp for homeless and low income children, and Bound for Success, which offers children the opportunity to complete their homework, receive tutoring help, make friends and play in a safe, nurturing environment within the shelters. (212) 776-2161

Homes for the Homeless Sleepaway Camps

Offers a safe and fun environment for campers from NYC from 7-13 years old. Two week sessions. Campers will have the chance to hike and explore the wooded trails, swim and boat in a mountain lake, sing and tell stories around a campfire. To qualify, kids must have an active public assistance case. Priority is given to children now in a shelter or who have lived in a shelter in the last year. So even families who have moved out of shelter before summer can send their children to camp. For information, call (718) 616-6100 (Bronx); (718) 244-0670 (Brooklyn); (212) 765-4557; (Manhattan); (718) 244-0670 (Queens); (718) 244-0670 (Staten Island).

New York City Department of Youth and Community Development

Allows you to search for New York City after-school programs by zip code, age of student and whether ‘in’ vs. ‘out’ of school program. This phone number also provides information and referrals for counseling, shelter, summer jobs as well as crisis intervention which is free, anonymous and confidential. (800) 246-4646

YMCA of Greater New York

For ages 6-11, after-school programs at 43 locations around the city. Homework help, quiet and active games, health and fitness education are offered. Scholarships available. (212) 630-1544.

New York City Parks and Recreation

Athletics, arts and academics at 33 recreation centers around the city. Call 311

Resources for Children with Special Needs

Enables user to search database of programs for kids by disability or neighborhood or type of service. Tremendously useful.Parents can also call for recommendations.
(212) 677-4650

Asphalt Green

Offers summer day camp, arts, sports and gymnastics, after-school activities, swimming (including swimming for children with disabilities ages 18 months-12 years). Upper East Side location. (212) 369-8890

Boys Clubs of New York

Comprehensive programs for boys at sites in Flushing, East Harlem, Lower East Side. After-school, summer sleep-away and day camp programs. Strong educational services.
East Harlem (212) 534-2661
Lower East Side (212) 533-2550

Boys and Girls Harbor

Offers preschool, after-school programs, college prep, summer camp, performing arts, behavioral health services. East Harlem location. (212) 427-2244