Building brighter futures for our fellow New Yorkers is at the heart of our mission. Every Skills Building program works to meet its participants where they are, recognizing that each person served is actively seeking a better life and is willing to work to achieve it. Included are prison education programs, youth empowerment groups, classes for recent immigrants, and more.

Programs awarded funding in the 2017-18 Youth Opportunity Grant cycle and 2017 Basic Human Needs grant cycle include:

 

Angels Basketball Program, Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy, Manhattan $6,300

Angels Basketball Program
Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy, Manhattan

26 West 84th Street, New York, NY 10024

Phone: 212-362-6750
Email: croland@smstchurch.org

Program Director: The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Carla E. Roland Guzman

Hours of Operation: Mondays and Thursdays, 6-8pm

The Angels Basketball Program gives at-risk youth (ages 8-17) an opportunity to engage in team sports and gain leadership skills under the care of positive adult mentors. The growing program now provides meals to participants, backpacks containing food for the weekend, as well as counseling and referrals for academic and social services. The program has more than doubled in size over the previous year and now serves more than 60 youth.

Coming Home, Christ Church, Bronxville $5,100

Coming Home
Christ Church, Bronxville

17 Sagamore Rd, Bronxville, NY 10708

Phone: 914-337-6776 ext. 114
Email: dawn@reformedchurch.org

Program Director: Dr. Dawn Ravella
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Michael A. Bird

In collaboration with the Reformed Church of Bronxville, Christ Church will provide support for individuals re-entering society after a period of incarceration. Congregational and community volunteers will receive training as mentors and facilitators of “restorative justice circles,” to help victims and offenders talk with each other about the harm that has been caused and find a way to repair that harm

Construction and Entrepreneurial Program, St. Mark's, Mt. Kisco $6,500

Construction and Entrepreneurial Program
St. Mark’s, Mt. Kisco

84 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536

Phone: (914) 232-6572
Email: cmurray@communitycenternw.org

Program Director: Clare Murray
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. William A. Doubleday

In partnership with and on location at St. Mark’s, the Community Center of Northern Westchester will offer a construction job skills programs for 120 low-wage, low skill workers, most of whom are recent Hispanic immigrants. Students will learn basic construction, carpentry, and painting skills, become OSHA certified, and gain knowledge to start their own small businesses.

EPIC Regional Youth Leadership Program, Grace Church, Millbrook $9,700

EPIC Regional Youth Leadership Program

3328 Franklin Avenue, Millbrook, NY 12545

Phone: 206-963-2689
Email: abbynathanson@gmail.com

Program Director: Abby Nathanson
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Mathew Calkins

Hours of Operation: Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings.

EPIC is an emerging youth leadership program in a rural area that equips young people to act as agents for social transformation. With the support of staff facilitators and volunteer mentors, high school age students gain critical thinking and analysis skills, work in teams to identify issues that affect their communities, and craft their own methods of response, including arts, events, and activities.

ESL Program, St. Mary's Ghanaian, Bronx $2,000

ESL Program

P.O. Box 220, Bronx, NY 10453

Phone: 718-466-3677

Program Director/Clergy in Charge: Grace Genfi, warden

A parish serving members of the Ghanaian community, St. Mary’s began offering weekend English as a Second Language classes to their fellow West African immigrants. The program, which also teaches basic literacy skills to those who may lack them even in their native languages, served 15 students in 2016 and hopes to increase to 20 in 2017.

Family Connections at the Nyack Center, Grace Church, Nyack $7,600

Family Connections Program at the Nyack Center
Grace Church, Nyack

The Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960

Phone: 845-358-2600
Email: kim.cross@nyackcenter.org
Web: www.nyackcenter.org

Director: Kim Cross
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Owen Thompson

Hours of Operation: Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m., as well as case management throughout the week

The Family Connections program at the Nyack Center provides support, education and resources to parents incarcerated at Rockland County Correctional Facility, and to their children and families. Services include weekly parent education support groups for incarcerated mothers, pregnant women, and fathers. Family Connections also offers pre-release and post-release case management services to assist inmates and just released parents in building strong, healthy families.

Girl Power, St. George's Church, Newburgh $6,700

Girl Power
St. George, Newburgh

105 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Phone: 845-863-0820
Email: d.perez2010@live.com
Web: http://newburghgirlpower.org/

Director: Doris Perez
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Dustin Trowbridge

Hours of Operation: Thursdays 2:30-6:00pm

The Girl Power Program is a unique empowerment opportunity for up to twenty-seven at-risk middle school girls in the city of Newburgh. Facilitated conversations and activities help girls build self-esteem, develop supportive friendships, grow academically and make wise personal choices.

Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison (Sing-Sing Program), Christ's Church, Rye $20,000

Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison (Sing-Sing Program)
Christ’s Church, Rye

P.O. Box 862, Ossining, NY 10562

Phone: 914-941-0794
Email: info@hudsonlink.org
Website: www.hudsonlink.org

Program Director: Sean Pica
Clergy-in-Charge: The Rev. Canon Susan Harriss

The Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison provides a college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated men and women, helping them change their own lives and make a positive impact on their families and communities, reducing rates of recidivism, incarceration and poverty.

Latino Outreach, Grace Church, Milbrook $17,100

Latino Outreach
Grace Church, Millbrook

P.O. Box 366, Millbrook, NY 12545

Phone: 845-677-5414
Email: evelyngarzetta@fairpoint.net
Web: www.gracemillbrook.org

Director: Evelyn Garzetta
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Matthew Calkins

Hours of Operation: ESL Classes – Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs 6pm at various locations.

The Latino Outreach program helps Latinos in Northeast Dutchess County overcome fear and isolation by offering classes in English as a Second Language and providing support and assistance to people navigating immigration services. The program operates at five locations in Northeast Dutchess in order to reach as many communities as possible.

Thursday Hospitality, Harlem, Manhattan $8,500

Thursday Hospitality
St. Philip’s Church and St. Mary’s Church, Harlem, Manhattan 

204 W 134th St, New York, NY 10030

Phone: 212-862-4940
Email: cbreyer@interfaithcenter.org
Web: http://interfaithcenter.org/archives/2704

Director: The Rev. Chloe Breyer
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Patrick Williams

Hours of Operation: Thursdays

The Reentry Family and Faith Circles of Support aims to reduce recidivism by connecting faith-based volunteers with Harlem residents returning home from prison. Every Thursday, volunteers offer companionship and refreshments to parole clients at the Harlem Community Justice Center. The program also coordinates Harlem area churches hosting support groups for formerly incarcerated people.

West Side Campaign Against Hunger - Chef Training , Christ and St. Stephen's Manhattan, $15,000

West Side Campaign Against Hunger – Chef Training 
Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, Manhattan 

263 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024

Phone: 212-363-3362
Email: sdesmond@wscah.org
Web: www.wscah.org

Director: Stewart Desmond
Clergy in Charge:
 The Rev. Kathleen Liles

Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8am – 3pm

The Chef Training Program at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger provides pantry customers with basic education in professional kitchen skills. The twelve week program, conducted in English and Spanish, teaches self-sufficiency, work skills, nutrition, healthy eating and basic kitchen procedures. Participants gain hands-on kitchen experience through  the daily preparation of  lunch for pantry volunteers, and are connected with employment opportunities where they can put their new skills to use.