Youth Opportunity Hubs

Posted in: Funded Initiatives, Youth, Families, and Communities

Posted on February 28, 2017

Youth Opportunity Hubs will provide attractive social spaces and link neighborhood service providers to provide one-stop, comprehensive support for at-risk children, teens, and young adults in order to prevent them from becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

Recognizing that young people utilize supportive services at higher rates when such services are easily accessible, this “neighborhood Hub” approach coordinates family, community, school, and city resources in attractive and convenient locations within underserved neighborhoods. Services and programming to be offered at the Hubs will include educational assistance, mentorship, employment training, trauma and substance abuse services, mental health counseling, housing and legal assistance, and recreational and arts programming, among many other services.

District Attorney Vance has awarded multi-year grants totaling $45.9 million to the following five organizations to create Youth Opportunity Hubs, which are expected to serve more than 2,800 young New Yorkers each year:

  • Community Connections for Youth (CCFY)
    • Award: up to $10.3 million, including up to $4 million in capital funding
    • Focus Area: West and Central Harlem
    • Hub Partners: Soul Saving Station, Bethel Gospel Assembly, West Harlem Empowerment Coalition, STEM NYC Kids, D.A.A.D, Artistic Noise, Thrive Collective, JVL Wildcat Academy, Full Circle Health Life Enrichment Center, Ecumenical Community Development Organization, Harlem Health Promotion Center, and the Pioneer Football League.
  • Henry Street Settlement 
    • Award: up to $8.4 million, including up to $2.7 million in capital funding
    • Focus Area: Lower East Side
    • Hub Partners: Chinese American Planning Council, Grand Street Settlement, Educational Alliance, Hamilton-Madison House, University Settlement, ExpandED Schools, Center for Community Alternatives, GOLES, The LAMP, The Animation Project, VOLS, Youth Represent, and other recreational, enrichment, and STEM providers.
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital 
    • Award: up to $10.3 million, including up to $4 million in capital funding
    • Focus Area: Washington Heights
    • Hub Partners: Columbia University Medical Center Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mailman School of Public Health, Hostos Community College, People’s Theatre Project, C. Hyden Technology Consultant, Fundacion Dominicana de Deportes in NY (Washington Heights Athletic Association), Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, All City Group, NYC Department of Education District 79 Alternative High Schools, Year Up, Harlem Tae Kwon Do, and Hip Hop Mentoring Cypher.
  • Union Settlement 
    • Award: up to $10.3 million, including up to $4 million in capital funding
    • Focus Area: East Harlem
    • Hub Partners: NYPD’s 23rd Precinct, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Big Apple Circus, Boys and Girls Harbor, Boys’ Club of New York, Children’s Aid Society, Community Voices Heard, Concrete Safaris, DOE District 75, East Harlem Tutorial Program, El Museo del Barrio, GOSO, Harlem RBI, House of SpeakEasy, Iris House, Legal Information for Families Today, LSA Family Health Services, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Metropolitan Hospital, Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, NYCHA, Police Athletic League, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, STRIVE International, Youth Action YouthBuild, Legal Aid Society, and Community School District 4.
  • The Door 
    • Award: up to $6.5 million, including up to $162,000 in capital funding
    • Focus Area: Citywide
    • Hub Partners: Arms Acres, Avenues for Justice, Carnegie Hall, CASES, Fresh Youth Initiatives, The New York Foundling, Per Scholas, Project Renewal, Sheltering Arms, University Settlement, and the Whitney Museum.

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