BCNY’S BEACON PROGRAM
BCNY’s Beacon Program is operated by the Boys’ Club of New York and serves children in grades K-12, and adults of all ages.
Our Beacon Program is run in collaboration with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and is open in the afternoons, evenings, weekends, and during school holidays and vacation periods, including the summer.
Our Beacon Program is located within PS 185 on 112th Street between Malcom X Boulevard and 5th Avenue. Click here for directions.
Jonathan Vargas | Beacon Program Director
Liza Rodriguez | Beacon Program Assistant Director
July 1 – August 16
Summer Camp at the Beacon Program is open Monday – Friday, from 8:00am – 5:00pm.
Registration for summer camp at the Beacon runs through May 11. Download a registration form:
Beacon Program Summer Camp Registration Form (English)
Beacon Program Summer Camp Registration Form (Español)
After School Program
Our after school program is designed to help younger community members in grades K-12 acquire the skills and attitudes they need to graduate from high school, succeed in their chosen career, and give back to their community. Typical programs include Tutoring, Robotics, Sports, Performing Arts, Studio Art, Media Arts and Design, S.T.E.A.M., Cooking, High School Access, College Access, and more. We aim provide our participants with programming that bolsters self-confidence and nurtures a sense of belonging to their community.
After School Program Community Partners:
Play Rugby USA
This sports-based youth development program aims to introduce more children to rugby and help them reach their goals, both on and off the field. This program is open to elementary school students (Play Rugby USA Explorers) and middle schoolers and includes both classroom and physical play on the field.
NYPD Explorers Group
The Law Enforcement Explorers program provides young men and women with an introduction to a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system. This program is open to teens ages 14-20, includes specialized training, involvement in community service projects, and other Exploring events.
Harlem All Stars Music/Theater Group
This theater company aims to create extraordinary theater experiences that educate, encourage and inspire young people. The Harlem All-Stars Theater Group has two divisions: HASTG Juniors, for performers between the ages of 7-12 and HASTG Teens, for ages 13-18. Auditions are required to participate. The Harlem All-Stars Theater Group meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-7:45pm. To learn more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
Saturday Night Lights Basketball
In partnership with Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., our Beacon Program hosts Saturday Night Lights (SNL) “Ladies Night” on Monday evenings from 6:00-7:30PM and is open to female basketball players ages 11-18. The program’s mission is to engage East Harlem youth through basketball and improve academic performance by empowering participants to develop the skills, knowledge, and relationships necessary to reach their fullest potential by providing access to individualized resources, including one-on-one meetings with a case manager who works with the teens to explore academic and career opportunities. To learn more about BCNY’s Saturday Night Lights program and the location and schedule for our men’s program, available to boys and young men ages 11-18, click here.
Lady Bombers Softball
Lady Bombers Against Bullying Softball, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to leading the inclusion and anti-bullying movement in sports. No tryouts are necessary, all ladies are welcome to play and help put an end to bullying. Visit their website to learn more. Lady Bombers meet every Saturday from 10:00am – 3:00pm.
Young Woman’s Group (YWG)
YWG provides a safe space for young women to discuss issues happening in their communities and in their personal lives. Through guided exercises and activities, participants will have the opportunity to discover and explore their identity, and the role of femininity and its surrounding stereotypes in society and in their own communities. Open to girls and young women in 6th through 12th grade. YWG will meet at BCNY’s Beacon Program on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4-7pm.
For more information please contact Ms.Melissa at email@example.com or Ms.Liza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Magic Box Productions
Magic Box Productions is an award-winning nonprofit that provides media arts workshops and rich digital arts experiences for all ages, especially younger students and beginning language learners. Magic Box teaching artists will be joining Beacon arts programming right in our classrooms! They’ll help our students create photography, video, animation, audio, and web-based projects while building critical digital media skills. All students are welcome to participate.
Our adult programs are designed to encourage fitness, social interaction and community engagement. They may include activities such as basketball, yoga, academic guidance, parent workshops, and education and wellness fairs.
Adult and Family Program Partners:
The SUNY Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) provides student-centered academic and workforce development workshops that are open to all adult learners in the NYC area. Click here to visit their website.
We know it can be hard trying to fit a workout into a busy schedule! Zumba classes are available on Thursday nights taught by the Beacon Program dance instructor! All community members, family, and friends are welcome. Get fit and have fun at the same time! Sign up today.
Partner with us!
To ensure that our community has access to a wide variety of programming, we partner with neighborhood groups to provide special programs for adults and families. If you would like to partner with BCNY’s Beacon Program, please email email@example.com.
All BCNY Beacon Program services are free of charge.
Beacon Newsletter Notes:
Important Dates & Deadlines:
- Rugby Fitness/Skill Challenge and Open Scrimmage: Saturday, February 16
Space is limited! Only 30 participants per session. First come, first serve.
Location: P.S. 208 /Harlem Link Entrance (21 W 111th St NY, NY 10026)
4:00-5:00pm: Elementary School Session for ages 7-10
5:00-6:30pm: Middle School Session for ages 10-13
- Summer registration begins Monday, March 4. Click here to learn more about registering for summer camp at the Boys’ Club of New York.
Information about Beacon Program registration will be announced soon! Please continue to check our website for updates.
Harlem All Stars Music/Theater Group Performances
We are delighted to announce that our Harlem All Stars Music/Theater Group will be opening their doors, inviting family and friends to come watch a production of Hamilton Choral Melody (selected songs from the Hamilton: An American Musical) and a production of Sister Act: The Musical.
Sister Act: The Musical:
Friday, May 10 at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 11 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Hamilton Choral Melody:
Friday, May 17 at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 18 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm