THE POINT provides a safe, educational and creative out-of-school-time environment for young people in grades 1-12 from September through June. Participants have access to:
THE POINT provides homework help and individualized academic assistance to program participants. The students are broken up into “teams” according to grade level that do not exceed 15 students. Homework assistance is provided in daily 45-minute sessions with two academic tutors assigned to each group.
Throughout the school year, students in grades 1 – 8 attend weekly literacy sessions. THE POINT takes a thematic approach to literacy in order to engage the young people and encourage a love of reading. Students take part in innovative and interactive activities that help them to become more adept and expressive readers, writers and thinkers including author visits, presentations, book readings, discussions, debates, games, narratives and poetry.
THE POINT offers comprehensive arts-in-education activities, which foster appreciation of the arts and skill building and supports the young people’s personal and academic growth.
Through environmental education, stewardship activities and youth-led advocacy projects, THE POINT engages students in the effort to help green their community. Resources including THE POINT’s new Hunts Point Riverside Campus for Arts and the Environment and South Bronx Community Green Roof (COMING SOON!) strengthen Environmental Education Programs.
Youth development staff encourages young people to take leadership roles in the after school program and to become involved with their community through content-based class curricula and hands-on activities. Key leadership programs include: City Year’s Starfish Corps and Afterschool Heroes and THE POINT’s teen community leadership group A.C.T.I.O.N. (Activists Coming to Inform Our Neighborhood).
Social Skill Building
THE POINT partners with other organizations to provide social skill training focused on the development of students’ self-regard, empathy, conflict resolution and leadership.