Henry Street Settlement opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social service, 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 in kindergarten to 8th grade, 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. 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, 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.
To apply to BGR, you would have to go to the Discover DYCD online portal to fill out the application:
- Go to this link: discoverDYCD (dycdconnect.nyc)
- Find afterschool programs: and put the zip code to 10009 and the radius to .5 miles and hit search.
- Look for BGR Compass or SONYC BGR depending on the child’s age (Compass is for Elementary, SONYC is for middle school)
- Add to List when you select your program.
- Then create your account, and then select the program.
- After that, you should be able to fill out the application and enroll your child.