Community Schools

21st Century Community Learning Center

The Mission of Esperanza Preparatory Academy 21st Century Community Learning Center is to unite school, family and community to help young people achieve their full potential. Our vision is to bring a holistic and comprehensive community school approach to the students at Esperanza Preparatory Academy that prioritizes personalized instruction, student wellness, readiness to learn, community partnerships, & family engagement as key strategies to leverage better academic and social-emotional outcomes among high need students. Programs include: Band, Musical Theater, Dance, Cooking and more.
Jennifer Paige
Community School Director 

COMPASS High Program

The COMPASS High programs offers a Project Based Learning opportunity to a cohort of 9th and 10th grade students that engages them over an extended period of time to learn and focus on skill building activities and connects with youth interest with opportunities for student voice and choice. By offering counseling and case management, COMPASS High programs are intended to provide encouragement, support and a sense of community to help participants successfully transition from middle school to high school, stay on track through the 10th grade and make the most of their high school experience. Additional programs College & Career Readiness, Youth Council, College Fair and Community Service.

Laura Lugo
Program Director
Phone: 1(646) 567-9728

SONYC Middle School Program

SONYC for School’s Out NYC serves as a pathway to success for youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Structured clubs offers middle school students a choice in how they spend their out of school time.

Clubs include: Dance, Robotics, Step, Art & Design, Theater, Youth Leadership Volunteer Club, Sports and much more!

William Frimpong
SONYC Director 

Kevin Sheets
Site Supervisor/Preventive Counselor
Phone: 1(917) 728-0583

Union Settlement

Union Settlement is an on-the-ground resource for East Harlem residents of all ages, and a passionate advocate for the needs of underserved communities. Since opening our doors in 1895, we have brought education, wellness and community-building programs to our neighborhood, empowering New Yorkers with opportunities to better their lives. By helping our neighbors realize their goals, we build the vitality and success of East Harlem.