Youth Services

Many kids today have parents who work outside the home, and as many as 15 million kids have no place to go after school. In the Greater New York area, thousands of boys and girls don’t have readily available extracurricular activities.

Kids need positive outlets and nurturing environments. That’s why we provide a wide variety of youth services so that kids can learn, build character and discover new opportunities throughout the year.

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After-School Programs

Kids benefit so much from the structure and education throughout the school day, but what happens when school gets out? More than 28 million kids have parents who work outside the home, and as many as 15 million kids have no place to go after school. For thousands of boys and girls in the Greater New York area, opportunities for extracurricular activities are not always readily available. The Salvation Army recognizes the importance of after-school programs. These programs provide kids with a safe place to play and learn in a supervised and constructive environment.

In many cases The Salvation Army will provide sports, arts and music programs, which may not be available in the local school systems. School districts have struggled to fund these extracurricular programs, and many programs have disappeared completely. The Salvation Army goes to great lengths to provide such integral opportunities for today’s young people.

Character-Building Programs

In today’s youth environment, it’s become increasingly harder to establish central principles by which kids and teens should live. If parents work, or are not present at home, the likelihood of a young person adopting positive character traits is greatly decreased. We want to send today’s kids off into the world with strong values, skills and confidence as they grow into adulthood.

Our youth character-building programs range between all different kinds of activities, from sports teams and outdoor exploration, to art and music classes.

Day Care Programs

Day care programs are vital to parents who work, or aren’t able to care for their young children in the daytime. The Salvation Army Greater New York Division takes pride in offering well-rounded educational, social, nutritional and multicultural programs for eligible families.

We have five day care programs, each of which are licensed by the City of New York, and serve children between the ages of 2 and 5. Open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, our programs offer flexible opportunities for parents with varying schedules

Children are given two nutritional meals and a snack daily, and take part in educational activities which may include anything from arts and crafts, to music and outdoor games.

Music and Arts

Music has proven one of the most effective means to raise kids’ test scores, confidence and overall well-being. Many locations offer both music classes and band opportunities.

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Star Lake Summer Camp

Located in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains in Bloomingdale, New Jersey, Star Lake Summer Camp has offered wholesome and educational recreational activities for more than 90 years.

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