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
26 West 84th Street, New York, NY 10024
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.
EPIC Regional Youth Leadership Program
3328 Franklin Avenue, Millbrook, NY 12545
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.
P.O. Box 220, Bronx, NY 10453
Program Director: Grace Genfi, warden
Clergy in Charge: Fr. Horton Scott
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 Program at the Nyack Center
Grace Church, Nyack
The Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960
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.
St. George, Newburgh
105 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550
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
P.O. Box 862, Ossining, NY 10562
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.
Grace Immigrant Outreach
Grace Church, Millbrook
P.O. Box 366, Millbrook, NY 12545
Director: Evelyn Garzetta
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Matthew Calkins
Hours of Operation: ESL Classes – Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs 6pm at various locations.
The Immigrant Outreach program helps immigrants 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.
St. Philip’s Church and St. Mary’s Church, Harlem, Manhattan
204 W 134th St, New York, NY 10030
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 Church, Manhattan
263 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024
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.