Beacon Program

Community Services for Children and Adults of all Ages

A teen standing with her back to the camera raises her hand and teens sitting facing the camera raise theirs in response.
Three children sitting at a lunchroom table making a paper mache volcano with a Beacon staff member.
A young girl playing with homemade slime.
A little boy smiling while sitting in front of a paper mache volcano.

Our Beacon Program is a set of school-based community services for children and adults of all ages. It is run in collaboration with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

Afternoon activities currently take place at the Joan of Arc school complex at 154 West 93 Street, with evening activities at Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center and Brandeis High School.  


Our Beacon youth programs are designed to help young people develop the abilities and attitudes they need to graduate from high school, succeed in a career and become active participants and leaders in the community.

Middle School

The Middle School offerings include a Leadership Program that allows students to explore their interests and create portfolios they can present to selective high schools. Activities range from sports and arts to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

High School Access

The High School Access Program helps middle school students choose and successfully apply for high schools that fit their goals. It offers test preparatory workshops and one-on-one counseling.

High School

The High School programs help students prepare for higher education or further skills training, work and adulthood. Activities include:

  • job and internship opportunities
  • leadership-based Summer Institute
  • opportunities to travel abroad
  • college-level classes
  • community service projects
  • college and career-readiness support through Goddard Riverside’s Options Center
  • financial literacy education
  • monthly advisory meetings
  • four-year structured Teen Empowerment program


Beacon adult programs are designed to encourage fitness, social interaction and community engagement. They may include activities such as Zumba, body toning classes, basketball and yoga.

Beacon Program

Roy Baptiste



154 West 93rd Street

New York, NY 10025