in partnership with The DOME Project @ The West Side Commons
The West Side Neighborhood Commons (The Commons)
Strycker’s Bay Neighborhood Council and The DOME Project have created a collaborative entity called The West Side Neighborhood Commons (The Commons). The purpose of the collaboration is to identify synergies between each organization and leverage our resources in order to bring much needed programming and services to The DeHostos Community Center, serving NYCHA residents from Wise Towers and the surrounding neighborhoods, which include Douglass Houses and the NYCHA Amsterdam development. The Commons provides elementary, middle school and high school students with structured academic enrichment activities such as math literacy, homework help, and creative arts in an afterschool setting. The Commons serves over 200+ youth annually.
The Young People’s Project (YPP) at The Commons
YPP is a national non-profit organization that uses Math Literacy Work to develop the abilities of elementary through high school students to succeed in school and in life, and in doing so involves them in efforts to eliminate institutional obstacles to their success. YPP envisions a day when every young person — regardless of ethnicity, gender, or class — has access to a high quality education and the skills, attributes, and community support s/he needs to successfully meet the challenges of their generation.
YPP has been working on strengthening its partnership with Strycker’s Bay Neighborhood Council and The DOME Project to provide a NYC math literacy hub for The Commons on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Through the partnership, The Commons will create a pipeline for math literacy programming for 3rd grade elementary school students who will follow the YPP curriculum in each grade thereafter through to High School; they will then become Math Literacy Workers and further develop their understanding of math, while building leadership skills and workplace experience. The ultimate goal is that these same students will rise to a College Math Literacy Worker position. The partnership allows for connecting a community that already has programming in place for college readiness, job training, SAT prep, and cultural activities with a much needed Math and Social Justice component through the YPP curriculum. Working with an entire community dedicated to serving its children will help spread YPP culture and the effectiveness of our outcomes. This collaboration began last year and we are excited to begin to implement more training, staff, and curriculum to help meet some of our shared goals.
YPP at The Commons has experienced much success in realizing the program’s goals, and continues to work towards that end. We are currently gearing up for the next academic year, and look forward to recruiting new high school students to join this exciting opportunity for student and community success.
Should you have any questions regarding the project, know some youth that could benefit, would like to donate, or just want to show your support, please visit us at http://www.westsidecommons.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org