The YWCA of Queens partners with PS/IS 268 in Jamaica, Queens to provide a FREE comprehensive afterschool program for all middle school students, grades 6th-8th. The SONYC after school program offers physical activities such as basketball (girls and boys teams), Step, and arts activities like dance, music, and fashion. It also offers weekly hands-on, project-based STEM and literacy activities, such as Engineering and science lab. The program starts out with a snack time, and includes a daily homework help time, as well as periods of special tutoring for city-wide math, ELA exams, and math regents.
The program runs from 2:45-6:00 pm, Monday-Friday, September 9, 2022 – June 19, 2023. It is open to all middle school students from PS/IS 268, and will soon start taking middle school students from another nearby school as well.
Trips, basketball games, and other activities are sometimes offered on weekends and on days that public schools are closed.
To enroll your child in our after school program, please go to PS/IS 268 to pick up an enrollment form. For more information, please call 347-662-9703, or email Rhashan Kendrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2016 the YWCA of Queens partnered with PS/IS 268 to deliver the College Access for All program, a new Department of Education initiative, to all 7th graders at the school. Through this program we supported the school in taking all the 7th graders on two college visits and facilitating a middle school College Day and a Career Day. We also delivered a series of 10 workshops to students, aimed at dispelling myths about college and helping them to start to plan for going to college after high school. In addition, all 7th graders got a College Access for All backpack. In the 2019-20 school year we are continuing to offer these services, and plan to charter a bus in the spring to visit some College campuses outside of New York City. Check back soon for updates on future events and other news!
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