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Education Programs

   

NYCHA’s education programs are geared toward helping youth, teens and mature adults acquire knowledge, skills, self-respect, and confidence in a fun environment. At most Community Centers, NYCHA offers an assortment of programs with activities that appeal to varied interests; from computers, mathematics, reading to writing and chess. More details about each program are available below. For further information and to sign up for any of the education programs please call 212-306-2880/3232 or 3246.


 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
 Digital Vans    
 ATTAIN Computer Labs
 BRIDGES
 Chess
 I Have a Dream (IHAD)
 New York City Early Literacy Learning (NYCELL)  NEW for fall 2013
 Symantec Partnership
 The Write Girls Program

 

Broadband Technology Opportunities Program 
NYC Connected Communities is a program coordinated by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. Through the BTOP program, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is able to provide NYCHA residents with access to computers and broadband technology-based educational activities that support gaining and/or increasing marketable job skills and educational achievement. Working in conjunction with City College of New York, NYCHA offers a curriculum that includes Computer Training for Adults, General Education Diploma Preparation and Job Readiness Training for Adults.

 Program Dates - October 7 - December 13, 2013 (in PDF) NEW 

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Digital Vans
Need help using a computer or getting online? Digital Vans– essentially computer labs on wheels are available for NYCHA residents and community members to link to the Internet, search for job opportunities, touch-up your resume and much more. The vans travel around the city, stopping in areas that have limited or no access to broadband high-speed internet service. Come aboard and sit down at any one of eight laptop computers, with wireless Internet access (WiFi), and printers. WiFi also allows people with their own laptop computers to be outside the van and access the Internet for free. The Digital Vans program is led by the efforts of NYCHA’s Departments of Citywide Programs and Information Technology, and the services are offered free of charge as part of the federal government’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, which seeks to expand broadband access and adoption in communities across America.

  Digital Vans Schedule

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ATTAIN Computer Labs 

A.T.T.A.I.N Computer Labs

A.T.T.A.I.N (Advanced Technology, Training and Information Networking) provides technology labs where residents have access to state-of-the-art hardware and interactive, multimedia software. The State University of New York (SUNY) provides two "facilitators" who oversee instruction for children, teens, adults and seniors in the lab. ATTAIN labs are located in Manhattan at the Polo Grounds and Drew Hamilton Community Centers; in Brooklyn at 303 Vernon and Farragut Community Centers, Beach 41st Street in Far Rockaway, Queens and Berry Houses in Staten Island Community Centers. These A.T.T.A.I.N Computer Labs offer a menu of trainings- from General Education Diploma Preparation to Microsoft Office Certification courses- at no cost.

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BRIDGES

Build, Research, Invent, Design, Grow and Explore through Science (BRIDGES)
The Salvadori Center, a non-profit educational organization operating out of City College of New York, is working in partnership with the National Science Foundation and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to operate the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. (Build, Research, Invent, Design, Grow and Explore through Science) Program. This after school program is designed to help 8-12 year olds improve their understanding of science, engineering, mathematics, design and technology through the use of real-world projects. Once a week, an architect-educator from the Salvadori Center works with youth at the community center on special projects to help the students expand their math and science learning. Because children in the program work mainly in small groups, they also learn to cooperate with one another, analyze problems to find solutions, and share what they have learned through writing and oral presentations. Some of the project based educational activities include: building scale models of New York City bridges (mathematics); create drawings of their communities (art); figure out why buildings stand up (physical science); construct models of skyscrapers (engineering); learn patience and precision in their work (life skills).

After-School Program Builds Love of Science - NY1.com

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Chess Player

Chess
The Chess Program is offered at 25 NYCHA Community Centers and includes intensive training, which leads up to an inter-borough competition and a citywide tournament. The year round program teaches youth, ages 9 and up, how to analyze and resolve difficult situations and build self-confidence.

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I Have A Dream

I Have A Dream (IHAD)
The I Have A Dream (IHAD) Program is a collaborative effort between the IHAD Foundation and NYCHA. The program "adopts" third graders from participating NYCHA developments and monitors these children from elementary school through high school graduation. The IHAD program also offers the "Dreamers" educational, social and culturally-enriched activities designed to increase their chances for success. IHAD promises tuition assistance to those "Dreamers" who graduate from high school and wish to attend college or vocational training. IHAD programs are currently in operation at Melrose Houses in the Bronx, Chelsea-Elliott and DeHostos Houses in Manhattan, and Ravenswood Houses in Queens.

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New York City Early Literacy Learning

New York City Early Literacy Learning (NYCELL)
The NYCELL Program seeks to strengthen language and pre-reading skills of children between the ages of one and four, so that they enter school ready to learn and to succeed. NYCELL is a collaborative effort between the Mayor's Office, the Department of Education and NYCHA. This program is being offered at four NYCHA Community Centers: Bronx Classic at Melrose Houses in the Bronx; Van Dyke Community Center in Brooklyn; and Rutgers and King Towers Community Centers in Manhattan.

 New York City Early Literacy Learning (NYCELL)   NEW   (in PDF)

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Partnership with Symantec Inc. 
Symantec has announced that it is collaborating with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to provide discounted Norton security software specialist training and internships to NYCHA residents, as part of its ongoing commitment to building strong community relationships. Symantec will provide job readiness and training initiatives to the more than 400,000 eligible NYCHA residents, who will receive a discount on Norton security software, as well as opportunities to receive specialist certification on software security and participate in Symantec’s internship program.

Learn more Symantec services and discounts available exclusively to NYCHA residents  NEW

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The Write Girls program
The Write Girls program is a literacy program for girls in the fourth, fifth and sixth grade living in the Brownsville and Bedford-Stuyvesant sections of Brooklyn. Utilizing elements of the Girl Scouts’ Journeys Curriculum, the Write Girls program will provide literacy support through reading and writing activities concentrating on women in literature. The Write Girls program will hold monthly family literacy nights and activities that include scrapbooking and group discussions, and an end of year Publishers Party of the girls' accomplishments. The Write Girls will also participate in theme-based trips to places and environments that shape the world through literacy including the United Nations, Washington, D.C., and local media outlets.

 The Write Girls Program (in PDF)

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