Engaging the mind, body and artistic spirit of youth
WHEDco believes that all students have the potential to succeed when they have access to the proper support systems. Our Education and Youth Development programs provide educational and cultural opportunities for 800 students annually, allowing them to feel empowered, think critically, make smart choices about their education and careers, and contribute responsibly as leaders in their community.
WHEDco’s youth development programs include:
After School, which serves 400 students in grades K-8 at PS/MS 218 by providing academic enrichment with an emphasis on project-based learning activities in ELA and STEM; arts enrichment programming, including visual arts, Latin percussion, violin, dance and drama classes; chess club; and physical fitness activities
The MS Extra Initiative at Highbridge Green School, where WHEDco provides academic and arts enrichment activities (that mirror our After School program at PS/MS 218) to 145 6th graders during 9th and 10th periods of an extended school day
Summer Arts Day Camp, which serves 300 students each summer through STEM and ELA programming aimed at reducing summer learning loss, field trips to places like the Museum of Natural History and the Hall of Science, and intellectually stimulating workshops in areas like poetry or journalism.
Project STEP (Students Toward Educational Promise), where 125 middle school students (grades 6-8) engage in service learning to develop a sense of social responsibility and civic engagement, and receive academic support such as test prep and one-on-one guidance through the NYC high school application process
JAM (Just Ask Me), a student-led program, which empowers 13 high school students to serve as peer educators and teach sexual education to the 125 students in Project STEP
The Teen Program, which connects 60 high school students to internship opportunities to build their resumes, SAT test prep and college tours, and cultural outings such as Broadway shows or professional sporting events
Listen to Nancy Biberman and WHEDco Youth, Yanilsa Frias and Katherine George, discuss the Mayor's decision to mandate sex education in NYC public schools on the Brian Lehrer show, August 15, 2011