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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 of interpersonal skills 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 these skills.

Adult Acting 2: Relationships & Scenes

Two and a half Hour Class, Adults Only, with Stephen Michael Rondel $425

How do you begin to find your character and develop active relationships through dialogue? This course investigates that question through detailed scene work and analysis. We continue our exploration of various theater games and improvisation to reinforce important techniques essential to acting and scene study.  Class focus includes: learning how to clarify acting relationships, analyzing scripts, and developing unique and three-dimensional characters.

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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Pre- Arts: Storybook Theater (Ages 3-4)

With Lindsay Blodgett and Greg Foro $350 Our youngest actors will explore multicultural stories through movement, music, visual art and dramatic play. In our state of the art theater space, students become sly tricksters, wild animals and clever heroes as they bring exciting tales to life. They move their bodies in new and inventive ways as they journey through each adventure. Problem solving, creative expression, communication and teamwork are encouraged. REGISTER EARLY FOR THIS POPULAR CLASS!

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