After-School and Youth Programs

The Houston Street Center has many youth programs, including after-school programs, summer camp and programs tailored to children and families with special needs. These programs include:

  • STRIDE, a free SONYC after-school and summer school program for kids in grades 6 through 8, featuring fitness, tutoring, arts courses, field trips and more

    After-school and summer camp programs are an essential resource for many working families – and the Houston Street Center knows that your child needs to be engaged and challenged in order to grow. STRIDE provides excitement and learning through after-school and summer camp programs for kids and young adults in middle school and high school. We want to teach our STRIDE kids to think critically, exercise independent decision-making and develop healthy social interactions with their peers. STRIDE's holistic and comprehensive approach offers the right balance of academics, arts and leadership, sports and recreation.

    Our SONYC middle-school program is currently recruiting for fall! That's free, top-notch after-school, five days a week, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, come to one of our orientation sessions on Tuesdays in September, 6 to 8 p.m. 

    What can your children get from STRIDE? We provide top-notch academic support, from tutoring to Regents preparation; fitness programming to keep them healthy, including basketball, volleyball and swimming; and creative arts courses to spark their inspiration, including theatre, dance and photography. We also provide leadership-building activities and field trips – an excellent way to provide new opportunities.

    Ready to step into STRIDE? Email

    For more information, take a look at the SONYC enrollment package and application form

  • Swim N Kids, eight weeks of swimming lessons for kids ages 4-11 with a certified swim instructor

    Swimming lessons in Manhattan can be hard to find – especially with a busy schedule. Our Swim N Kids program provides low-cost swimming lessons for children ages 4-11 in eight-week blocks. Swim lessons are a great way to teach children how to be safe and have fun in and around the water, while providing lifelong skills that can help them stay active and healthy. Our certified swim instructors will teach basic swimming skills, including breathing, kicking and floating. For more information, please call 212-475-5008 or email

    You can also fill out the enrollment form now and email it to us

  • EXCEL, which provides fun, engaging and recreational services for children, teens and young adults with special needs

    Many after-school or summer programs are not equipped or prepared for children, teens and young adults with special needs. Our EXCEL program is tailored exclusively to them, providing supportive and fun, engaging recreational courses.  EXCEL includes instruction in swim, baking, art, drama, computers & technology, career development and healthy expression. Call 212-475-5008 to enroll and/or complete the enrollment form   and submit to or bring in person to the staff at the Houston Street Center's front desk.  

    You can also fill out the enrollment form now and email it to us!

    View our EXCEL class schedule online now!

All of our low-cost program fees at the Houston Street Center support our mission of providing holistic care for low-income New Yorkers of all ages.

Did you know that we also rent our Houston Street Center space? Check it out!


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