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Teen Programs

We provide teens with a wide-range of social, arts and sports activities combined with mentoring, college preparation, entrepreneurial and leadership programs. The goal is to enhance their academic and social development and to instill the drive and motivation necessary for them to continue their education after high school.

Teen activities include:

EXCEL @ NYU Academy

EXCEL in Writing, Thinking and Inquiry is designed to prepare talented but underprivileged high school students in the South Bronx for high academic achievement and college success. It builds upon The Children’s Aid Society’s longstanding college prep EXCEL (Educational Excellence Creating Empowered Leaders) model, and represents an innovative collaboration between Children’s Aid, New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development, The Teagle Foundation and The Squire Family Foundation.

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Talk & Play/Jugando Hablando

Launched in 2005 with support from The Sirus Fund, Talk & Play/Jugando Hablando is designed to serve speech and language-delayed toddlers enrolled in Children’s Aid’s Early Head Start program.

Talk & Play specialists provide intensive home- and school-based play sessions that enrich both the parent-child relationship and the home environment.

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Latino Outreach Initiative

Developed by the national office of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), with support from The Goizueta Foundation, the objective of the Latino Outreach Initiative (LOI) is to give Latino youth and families access to interest- and need-based programs to help them develop leadership abilities and strong decision-making skills.

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Adventure Team Building for Youth and Adults

Adventure Team Building uses games, initiatives, and low & high ropes challenges to energize the learning among a group of people. Successful teams communicate well, support each other and focus on goals.  Adventure Team Building provides opportunities to learn and sharpen those skills.

Located 35 miles north of New York City in Chappaqua, NY, Wagon Road Camp features 8 high ropes elements and 9 low ropes elements. We provide adventure experiences tailored to the specific issues a group must address to develop high levels of teamwork.  

What is Adventure Team Building?

Adventure Team Building is a social and emotional learning program where participants solve highly engaging challenges together. For example, how do 15 teens organize themselves to get each member of the group through a turning jump rope without touching the rope and only allowing one turn of the rope between each person? The trial and error nature of such a challenge requires communication, planning, responsibility, trust, support and patience.

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Toddler Time (16-30 months)

The Toddler Time series of classes is for children ages 16-30 months. Each session includes indoor play, story time, arts and crafts and music and movement. Classes for children ages two and older include outdoor play. Separation may be gently introduced for children in the oldest Toddler Time group in the Spring Semester. Class length ranges from 75-90 minutes depending on the age of the children in the group.

Summer 2014: June 11, 2014 - August 1, 2014

16-22 mos.

After-School Program

The Frederick Douglass Center After-School Program for 5-11 year olds runs Monday through Friday during the school year. Daily pick-up is available from the surrounding District 3 public schools as well as Ascension School and Holy Name School. Every aspect of the program is designed to provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for the child.

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