Good Shepherd Services
Good Shepherd Services goes where children, youth, and families face the greatest challenges and provides resources that build on their inherent strengths to help them thrive. We operate 100 programs, which help over 30,000 youth and family members in struggling neighborhoods throughout New York City. All of our programs are united by a common goal—to create opportunities that help our participants succeed at school, at home, and in their community. Learn more about Good Shepherd Services.
Middle School Quality Initiative
MSQI is a collaborative community with a goal far bigger and more important than our program itself, the goal that all New York City middle school students will graduate eighth grade reading on grade level and therefore better prepared for success in high school and beyond.
We support principals, assistant principals and literacy coaches in deepening their literacy leadership practices in their schools, and we support teachers in continuously improving their literacy instructional practices to positively impact students' reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.
Grounded on the MSQI Literacy Framework, we strive to build a network based on trust and ongoing learning, in which leaders and teachers share promising practices and learn from each other alongside centrally offered professional learning, coaching services, and resource sharing. Learn more about MSQI.
Since 2004, eight of New York City’s leading cultural institutions — including museums, zoos, and botanical gardens — have worked with the New York City Department of Education to support cutting edge science instruction in the city’s middle schools. This program is called Urban Advantage (UA) and includes the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium, and the New York City Department of Education, with leadership funding from the New York City Council. Learn more about the Urban New York Science Initiative.
RedBull Theatre Company
Red Bull Theater's Shakespeare in Schools program is based on the belief that practical experience with the plays of William Shakespeare and the art of dramatic storytelling are critical components of any education. The inclusion of theatrical exercises and heightened poetic text in the classroom increases literacy, improves public speaking skills, broadens understanding of social issues, encourages imaginative growth, teaches collaborative problem-solving, builds emotional intelligence, and promotes self-confidence in young people.
Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial
The purpose of the Program is to provide middle school students with a positive introduction to the judicial system and expose them to role models and careers in the law. Attorneys volunteer their time weekly over a period of four months to coach seventh and eighth graders and prepare them for roles as prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses and jurors. During the competitions, actual judges preside over the mock trials, and court officers and stenographers staff the courtrooms.
During the closing ceremony, each student is presented with a certificate and donated prizes. The teams are awarded prizes based upon where they placed in the competitions and winning teams receive a plaque and traveling trophy to display at their school. Additionally, the Kenneth Kase Memorial Scholarship is awarded to the seventh grade Best Advocate and eighth grade Best Advocate upon enrollment in college.
Brain Power Wellness teaches physical and mental brain breaks, mindfulness practices, and social emotional wellness strategies that support a positive classroom atmosphere. We partner with Teachers, Students, Parents, and Administrators to create a sustainable, healthy, happy and focused school environment.
Math Hoops - NBA Cares
The NBA Math Hoops community experience features a fast-paced basketball board game, curriculum, and event series for students in grades 3-8. The program is run by Learn Fresh, in partnership with NBA Cares.
Participants learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with their favorite NBA and WNBA players’ statistics, competing in an in-class basketball league against their peers.
Through NBA Math Breaks presented by AT&T, students’ learning can continue outside of the classroom as well. Each week, NBA and WNBA players walk students through basic math skills, which are embedded within and work beyond the core Math Hoops curriculum.
New York Public Library
The New York Public Library has reopened all available branches. As of July 6, this location offers nearly full service, including general library use and seating, unlimited browsing, computer access, and more. In-person programs and classes will return over the coming months. Masks are still required for all persons in NYPL locations. See you at the library!
Rising New York Road Runners
At New York Road Runners, we believe in the power of activity to keep children physically and mentally strong. We get kids moving to help them develop lifelong physical, and social-emotional skills.
NYC Urban Debate League
The NYC Urban Debate League aims to provide the highest-quality debate opportunities that develop young adults into informed, engaged and courageous citizens. Every school and every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities.
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence designs effective approaches for supporting school communities in understanding the value of emotions, teaching the skills of emotional intelligence, and building and sustaining positive emotional climates in homes, schools, and workplaces. tHEY provide training to educational leaders, teachers, and school staff to support the systemic implementation of SEL and foster those skills in all stakeholders in these communities, including in families and out-of-school time.
Afro Latin Jazz Instrumental Club
The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) performs, educates about, and preserves the music of all of the Americas, emanating from African and indigenous roots, through the entry point of jazz. ALJA embraces its mission with a commitment to social justice, equity, inclusion, and the equality of all cultures worldwide.
ALJA’s programs span the five New York City boroughs, with performances in venues throughout the city and with education programs serving school children throughout New York. In the last eight years ALJA has produced over 45 concerts as part of its annual New York Season showcasing the full range of Afro Latin jazz from all over the world.
Teaching Matters-Jump Start
Teaching Matters is a national professional learning organization dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, a critical factor in student success.
From states and districts to schools and classrooms, we partner to help teachers and school leaders develop the skills they need to teach well, lead their peers and drive school-wide improvement.
Our mission is to close the opportunity gap of a radically unequal education system for underserved and historically marginalized children.