When children enter the Y Afterschool program, a whole other world of imagination and growth opens up to them. In addition to supplementing what they have learned in school, they participate in interactive learning models that engage critical thinking skills, get assistance with their homework from trained YMCA staff, have a chance to socialize with each other, and form long-lasting friendships that enhance their development, growth and self- confidence.

Our curriculum is based on program models that focuses on learning enhancement, health and recreation, and building competence and confidence in children. The program runs every regular school day, directly after dismissal, in a supervised and structured environment, providing a safe after school alternative for children. The staff-to-student ratio is 1:10.

Y Afterschool is offered at low or no cost to parents, thanks to generous support from the NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, and federal grants through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, The Afterschool Corporation, leading corporations, foundations, individual donors and our Annual Campaign.

Y Afterschool programs are offered at more than 140 sites throughout the city, most of which are New York City public elementary and middle schools, serving more than 15,000 girls and boys each year.

To participate in the Y Afterschool program, your child must be enrolled in one of the schools listed below:

Y Afterschool Program Sites

Beacon at MS 131
100 Hester Street, NY, NY 10002

Compass Program at PS 126
80 Catherine Street, NY, NY 10002

Cornerstone Program @ Two Bridges Community Center
286 South Street, New York, NY 10002