Our City Lights after-school program provides hands-on academic and social enrichment to local low-income elementary school students at no cost to them. Currently, we offer homework assistance, music and creative art lessons in a personalized, safe, and caring environment.
We believe our kids can be the lights of the city, providing hope to others in the midst of a dark and uncertain time. We want to empower vulnerable children to break the cycle of poverty by receiving academic support designed for their grade level. With individual attention and inspiration to achieve more, they can potentially light up their future and the people around them.
Government statistics on education show that throughout New York City(1):
53% of the children are not proficient in English Language Arts (ELA).
57% are not proficient in Math.
In East Harlem (categorized as School District #4) the New York State Education Department showed an overall 40% proficiency in 2018. In other words, 3 in every 5 students in East Harlem are NOT proficient.