Academic Enrichment Outside School Hours
Includes providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet State and local student academic achievement standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics.
Encompasses youth development, drug and violence prevention, counseling, art, music, recreation, technology education, and character education, designed to reinforce and complement the students’ regular academic programming.
Family Literacy & Advocacy
Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
Young Men's Empowerment Group
Thanks to 21st Century funding provided to the Brooklyn Lab High School, we have been able to offer our students a variety of programming to fit their social and emotional needs. The above picture is from our Young Men’s Empowerment Group, which is led by Joseph Williams, LMSW and supervised by Katherine Ambia, LMSW, the Community School Director for Brooklyn Lab. Through using the game of Chess, role-plays, discussions, reading news articles, listening to music, watching movies and through exploring other culturally relevant topics, our young men are learning how to set and achieve goals that help them to be Life-Chess players in school and in their communities.
Group topics range from Dealing with not having a father around, gang involvement and gang avoidance, getting money the legal way vs. the other way, dealing with girls, healthy and unhealthy habits, grades, goals and what the future holds, and how to navigate social spaces. We have seen a steady improvement in grades, attendance, and connectedness to school in the young men that regularly attend this group.