Bridge Program

The Children’s Aid Society East Harlem Center Bridge (pre-adolescent) program provides middle school youth (ages 11-14) with a diverse range of activities and services focused on the social, physical, emotional, cognitive and academic development of middle school age children. Bridge youth attend both special, age appropriate after-school programming (3 – 6 p.m.) as well as attend special activities at night during teen program hours (6-8 p.m.) to foster confidence in transitioning to evening programming and interacting with older adolescent youth. Our goal is to assist middle school youth in a healthy transition to adolescence and teen programming.

Bridge Services:

  • Personal development groups
  • Homework tutorial program
  • PAS: Literacy activities and project-based learning groups
  • Project LIVE Community Program
  • TARA Workshops: Teenagers Against Relationship Abuse
  • Cultural arts: dance, drama and musical workshops
  • Computer instruction
  • Health, nutrition and cooking
  • Sports and recreation
  • Nutritious meal or snack served daily
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Hours of Operation:

Bridge after-school: Monday – Friday 3-6 p.m.
Bridge Evening: Monday – Friday 6-8 p.m.

Requirements for Admission:

  1. Children must be between the ages of 11 and 14.
  2. Completed Bridge and OST Applications.
  3. Current physical examination.