Henry Street Settlement opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs.
Serving more than 150 students a year, the after-school program at the Boys and Girls Republic (BGR) is a comprehensive, co-ed youth program addressing each child’s academic achievement, social development and emotional well-being. BGR’s signature self-government model encourages young people to take an active role in shaping their society and becoming responsible citizens.
During the school year, BGR offers afternoon activities for students aged 6 to 15, including homework help and tutoring, computer learning, recreation, arts education, and individual and group counseling services.
Education is a priority at BGR, so the site has instituted a dynamic educational program that supplements each child’s schooling. The S.T.A.R. Assessment highlights each student’s academic strengths in math and language arts and identifies youth who need remediation. Group leaders and Aides use this information to help students during homework help periods.
All students get an hour of homework assistance in groups of 15 to 20 children and two staff members. Citizens, as students are known at BGR, also have access to the Internet and educational software in our computer lab. In addition, youth develop their writing and computer skills by working on special projects.
With a focus on sportsmanship, citizens are encouraged to engage in healthy competition through various sports and physical activities like basketball, volleyball, flag football and table tennis, in games against other clubs and in-house tournaments.
We also encourage youth to strengthen their minds through the arts. Our program helps participants develop their artistic talents, acquire life skills, and build leadership potential.