GRIOT™ (Global Rhythms in Our Tribe)
GRIOT is a collaboration between the New York City Mission Society and the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance— to provide FREE musical instruction with academic enrichment.
Rooted in the global rhythms of the African Diaspora, GRIOT will be taught by award winning musicians and is for youth in grades 6 through 12. Participants will learn foundational musical concepts, proficiency and skill on the trombone, trumpet, drums/percussion, reinforcement of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) skills and have the opportunity to perform in solo and ensemble performances.
In Central Harlem, more than 25% of adult males have been imprisoned at some point in their lives. For these men, returning to the community poses immense challenges, which all too often lead them right back to prison. The Harlem Justice Scholars program seeks to interrupt this cycle by addressing the barriers to successful reintegration—along with the underlying factors that fostered criminal activity in the first place. By providing a range of services that includes education, tutoring, career exploration, job readiness training, employment, mentoring, case management, and civic engagement opportunities, the Harlem Justice Scholars program helps formerly incarcerated young men create a successful and crime-free future.
New York City Department of Education transfer schools offer older, under-credited high school students the last chance they have to graduate from high school. New York City Mission Society’s Learning to Work (LTW) programs at four of these transfer schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn support these students in their studies and prepare them for success in college and the work world. The programs provide four main services: 1) student support, including counseling, workshops, tutoring, and cultural activities; 2) college guidance and preparation; 3) job skills development and career exploration; and 4) supported internships. The programs serve 750 students this year, 250 of whom are in paid internships.
At four elementary schools in Manhattan and the Bronx, at the Minisink Beacon Community Center in Central Harlem, and at nearby Bradhurst Housing Development, the Power Academy provides academic support and a range of enrichment activities after school, during the summer, and on school holidays. With a curriculum focused on academic enrichment (including STEM—science, technology, engineering and math), community service, cultural enrichment, the arts, recreation, and character education, the Power Academy reinforces school-day learning in a safe and healthy environment. The Minisink Beacon site provides a range of programs and services for students and the surrounding community. This year, 740 students are participating at our three elementary school sites and 900 at Minisink Beacon.
In the Paint™
In The Paint™, launched May 2015 in partnership with the Teamwork Foundation, is our new educational enrichment program for youth on the New York Gauchos boys and girls basketball teams. This afterschool and summer program fortifies academic skills acquired during the school day by providing support with homework, individualized tutoring, and basketball-related academic enrichment. Enrichment includes an exploration of career paths within the sports industry, including marketing, journalism, sports medicine, statistics, and sports management.
Special Events: Building Community in Harlem
New York City Mission Society brings together the Harlem community by hosting numerous public events and celebrations at the Minisink Townhouse, including the annual Halloween party, a Thanksgiving Dinner and turkey drive, and the Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Each year, New York City Mission Society sponsors the Harlem Family Health Conference and Fair, which features seminars and health screenings.
The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides gainful work experience, educational workshops, mentoring, and regular workplace monitoring for young adults ages 14-21. For many participants, SYEP provides them with their first job and the first step towards a successful career.