With the start of the 2014-15 school year underway, our off-site afterschool programs have resumed this week. And while the Beacon programs - which are hosted at multiple middle schools in Queens - are back for their second decade of programming, a change has been made to the programs that we host in their respective elementary schools.
For almost ten years now, the Samuel Field Y - with funding from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development Department - has offered Out of School Time (O.S.T) programs at several elementary schools in Queens. This year, those programs will be offered at eight different sites, but they'll be offered as COMPASS NYC and SONYC programs instead of O.S.T. programs.
So what's the difference?
According to the DYCD's website: "The Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS NYC) integrates the best Out-of-School Time (OST) practices with the unprecedented expansion of SONYC (School’s Out New York City) afterschool programs serving the City’s middle school students...COMPASS NYC aims to help youth build skills to support their academic achievement, raise their confidence, and cultivate their leadership skills through service learning and other civic engagement opportunities. SONYC serves as a pathway to success for youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Structured like clubs, the model offers youth choice in how they spend their time; provides rigorous instruction in sports and arts; and requires youth leadership through service. NYC becomes the classroom through trips and opportunities for instruction beyond the traditional facilities."
To be clear, the COMPASS NYC programs are being offered to elementary school students (grades K-5), while SONYC programs are being offered to middle school students (grades 6-8), and if there's a program that has students in the same school that offers both elementary and middle school, they will be in two separate programs, located at the same school.
So for instance, during the 2013-14 school year, we offered O.S.T. programs at P.S./I.S. 178 and P.S./I.S. 266. This year, we're offering both COMPASS NYC and SONYC programs at both of those schools (and at P.S. 169/Bell Academy in Bay Terrace).
And again, to be clear, Beacon programs are still Beacon programs.
We couldn't be any more excited to be a part of the unveiling of these 'new' programs, which we're proud to announce we have full registration for. There are still some spots available in the majority of these programs, which if you're interested in, you should contact that programs' director immediately.
To see a list of Samuel Field Y directors and accompanying schools that will be hosting COMPASS NYC/SONYC programs, click here. To see a list of schools in New York City that will be offering these programs, click here.