Our goal is to develop capable young people who complete high school, pursue higher education, and seek out meaningful careers.
NIDC works with local schools, organizations, and community centers to provide quality afterschool and summer programming for children ages 4 and up.
We offer the following FREE or low-cost youth programs:
Our afterschool programs provide children with an opportunity to foster social and emotional skills, strengthen academic skills, explore their world, give back to the community, enhance their creativity, develop healthy habits, and above all believe that they can succeed.
Our core curricula is professionally developed and aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and National Council of Teachers of English standards.
Summer programming mirrors our afterschool goals of supporting social and emotional growth, cognitive learning, and creativity to combat the loss of academic skills and knowledge that often occur over a student’s summer vacation.
Very Important Volunteers
Our Very Important Volunteers (VIV) middle school program naturally evolved as students having completed our elementary afterschool program began coming back to volunteer.
In addition to homework help, life skills training, and community service projects, students serve as junior volunteers for the afterschool program, helping out on everything from group activities to program operations, picking up valuable leadership skills along the way. Many of our afterschool staff members were previously program participants who are now pursuing college degrees.
Prep For Success
Developed in response to the Bronx’s critically low high school graduation rate (under 60%*), Prep For Success uses a combination of academic enrichment, college and job preparation, leadership workshops, community service, and the life-changing tenants of the best-selling book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey to provide youth with the social, emotional, and cognitive skills needed to thrive in school, the workplace, and beyond.
The Seven Habits
Begin with the end in mind
First things first
Seek first to understand, then to be understood
Sharpen the saw
Eastchester Gardens Community Center Cornerstone Program
Services at Eastchester Gardens Community Center (ECG) include an afterschool program, nightly teen center, and recreational programming for seniors and the community at large. ECG’s youth offerings are designed to invest young people in their community and help them succeed academically, socially, and vocationally.
New Beginnings Program
Our New Beginnings program (based at ECG) engages youth ages 16-24 who have not completed high school and successfully integrated into the workforce. Programming includes GED preparation, workplace expectation training, job searching, and defining values and interests. By providing a solid support system and access to key resources, we are able to empower youth to regain control of their lives.
NIDC operates a summer camp for students in grades Pre-K-8. Camp registration begins in late May. Camp operates from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, for seven weeks in July and August.
Campers are provided the opportunity to further develop and explore their interests and creativity through a stimulating summer curriculum that keeps learning fresh and engaging with weekly themes. Themes such as “Science Week” color the week’s academic assignments, activities, and field trips. Trips take students on structured visits and tours to locations, such as the Bronx Zoo, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. We provide campers with breakfast, lunch, and snack daily.
*2010 Cohort (Class of 2014), 4-year June graduation rate 54.7%, statistics from the NYC Department of Education