YOUTH

We empower youth to explore life’s possibilities, discover what drives them, lead themselves and others, and achieve impact in their lives and the community. This means that youth can grow independently and with their families, enabling them to join a close, supportive community.

The best part about joining our family is that you can keep coming back. Year after year, youth return to be part of our Computer Clubhouse, sports teams, summer camps and afterschool programs. At Grand St. Settlement, you have a crew you can count on and staff with a whole lot of heart.

We offer youth programming and activities at our Community Centers, partner school sites, and other neighborhood locations.

What We Do

Exploring Talents

Cultivate talents and spark curiosity as you explore your interests and define your dreams for the future. There’s always a lot going on in afterschool, over the weekends, and during school and summer holidays.

Discovering Opportunities

Find what matters most to you. Whether you want to build your own robot, make the team, shoot a film, or choreograph a dance, we have the team and the opportunities for you to get into it.

Leading Change

Be the leader you want to follow. Make it your choice in decisions about your health, your relationships and your life. Between our dedicated staff and your awesome peers, you’ll find plenty of inspiration and support.

Achieving Dreams

Learn a line of code or how to dunk – whatever it is you want to accomplish, we’re here to help make it happen. Graduate, lead a project, get a new job, apply for school… we’re in the business of taking dreams and goals and making them real.

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More than 4,000 youth join our programs where they explore opportunities, discover what drives them, learn to lead and achieve. Check out our map to see what’s happening near you!

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Afterschool

Grand St. Settlement offers afterschool programming as part of the Comprehensive After School System (COMPASS), a nationally acclaimed network for school aged youth from kindergarten through high school graduation. From homework help and mentoring to robotics, dance and recreation, there is always a lot going on.


Summer Camp

The tradition of summer camp has been alive at Grand St. Settlement for nearly 100 years. It’s a time of expanded horizons and new knowledge, and is considered to be the most important time of year to keep youth learning and safe.


Project Speak Out Loud

Project SOL is a safe space to educate, empower and advocate for LGBTQ youth and their allies. Resources and support, free events and workshops, and the opportunity to become a Peer Educator make Project SOL an inclusive and fun community.


AmeriCorps

Grand St. Settlement’s AmeriCorps team brings over 30 youth together to lead initiatives and service projects while building job skills and experience.

Meet the Team

Christina Lopez

DEPUTY DIRECTOR
BROOKLYN

Growing up, out of school time programs for under-resourced communities served as stepping stones to my future as an educator and youth advocate. Today, I work in Brooklyn, where I’ve discovered that my Ph.D. enables me to make the most first-hand impact as a member of front-line staff. Here, my life’s mission has taken root, as we develop youth programs that cultivate confident, brilliant leaders and tinkerers whom will someday return to Grand St. Settlement as trailblazing members of their communities.

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Kelly Lopez

DIRECTOR
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Driven by the love and energy of the families and communities we serve, I have learned we can do great things as a community. As a native New Yorker, I know first-hand that no matter how GRAND or small, our actions have great value if done with love. My work is informed by my experiences in the NYC public school system and participation in programs similar to those provided by Grand St. Settlement during my childhood.

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Mimi Woldemariam

DEPUTY DIRECTOR
MANHATTAN

When the last bell of the day rings in school buildings everywhere, the real magic begins: connections happen, impact is made, and lives are changed. Our youth and families fill our classrooms and centers with vibrancy, hope, and warmth. My favorite part of my work is using that magic and color to inspire change in communities and empower youth to do some pretty remarkable things.

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You Belong Here.

It’s easy to join our programs and access our services, everyone is welcome. Contact us today and join the Grand St. Settlement family.

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