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After-School Programs for Teens in the Bronx

by Amy Sutton

Teenagers in New York City's northern borough of the Bronx have a broad range of options when it comes to after-school choices. These programs can be beneficial because they give teens an opportunity to learn new things, do something they love and socialize with friends in a supervised environment. Teens who are busy with an after-school program have less time to develop harmful habits, such as using drugs and alcohol, according to the Child Development Institute.

YMCA

The Bronx YMCA offers an assortment of after-school programs for teens. Y AfterSchool is offered on school days from 3 to 6 p.m. and includes supervised, structured activities, homework help and time for teens to socialize. This is a low- or no-cost program, since it's supported by federal grants, government organizations and corporate and individual donations. The Bronx YMCA also offers a Teens Take the City leadership program, tutoring and college preparation.

Community Centers

Bronx has numerous community centers that offers afternoon programs to teens. At the Kingsbridge Heights Community center, special needs teens can go to a program tailored for them, with tutoring, help with homework, games, nutrition, arts, crafts and adaptive physical education. All other teens can participate in the teen center and tween program, which offers those ages 11 to 21 a free meal, sports activities, dancing, parties, field trips, counseling and volunteer opportunities. The Claremont Neighborhood Centers after-school educational program gives youth, ages 5 to 13, transportation after school, a hot meal and snacks, homework help and entertaining activities. At the Betances Community Center, youth ages 5 to 21 can enjoy a free program that includes hands-on learning activities, sports, cooking classes and socialization.

Boys and Girls Clubs

The Madison Square Boys and Girls Club at the Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse helps teens and children after school with character and leadership development, health and life skills, arts, sports, recreation and fitness programs. At the Columbus Clubhouse of the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, teens can go for after-school field trips, special events, homework help, athletics, crafts, performing arts, college preparation and free job readiness training. The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club has the Coudert Club House in the Bronx, with after-school programs including The Game Room, Ballet and African Dance, Healthy Habits and Get Fit to Play.

Art and martial arts

Teens in the Bronx can also participate in the Teen Project Studio at the Bronx River Art Center, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. This intensive program is led by professional artists and includes hands-on projects to help teens learn about things like 3D digital design. Alternatively, teens can go to the Delgado Karate Sports, where they participate in karate classes and learn about the Kid Smart program. Snacks, homework help and field trips are included.

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