Castle Hill Unit offers an OST (Out of School Time) program. Free of charge, our unit offers an extensive variety of programs for young people.
All of the planned activities are supportive of the community and are an integral part of our program design. Our daily schedule includes activities that are geared to challenge our children emotionally, physically, and socially. The after-school program provides the children with a healthy snack and dinner. Supervision â€"at better than required levels- allows our children to feel secure and safe during program hours. Keeping with the Boys & Girls Club tradition, the children have numerous activities in which to participate.
Our main objective is to provide programs and services to children between the ages of 6 to 12 that address the socio-economic ills the community faces: gang violence, drug and substance abuse, difficulty meeting academic standards and health-related issues. The programs we provide are rich and full ones, providing for the physical, academic, and social needs of the children and families we serve.
Registration is ongoing for after school. Office hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm. Our program presently operates Monday through Friday 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
Power Hour - a Boys & Girls Club program which encourages participants to start and complete their homework assignments.
Track & Field - sponsored through New York Road Runners Club. Our members attend regular workout meetings and every couple of months they attend a track meet. The children get to compete in different areas against other children throughout the city.
Basketball - We have members of all different age groups that participate in basketball tournaments through out the year.
Dance - our members perform in all of our seasonal shows. Our dance groups are called:
Castle Hills Prodigy
Castle Hill Evolution
Castle Hill Positive Vibes
They range in age from six to eighteen. Hip Hop is their forte. Theyâ€™re a very competitive group.
Arts & Crafts - Our members decorate our Unit with the work they do. The bulletin boards and hallways are changed on a regular basis and decorated by the children. Our Unit always looks nice and weâ€™re always getting compliments.
Computer Lab - The lab offers members the opportunity to do project research, homework, and enhance their computer skills.
Game Room - we have different types of board games, foosball, table hockey, ping pong, electronic games. The coordinator makes it challenging as well as fun by creating tournaments for the different games we have.
Smart Girls and Passport to Manhood, a Boys & Girls Club Curriculum - In this program the members are learning hands on the responsibility that comes along with employment. They attend weekly meetings with the coordinator and perform community service outside of Castle Hill Unit. They attend special workshops set up for them. They are assigned to designated areas of the program to assist our counselors.
We also are one of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club sites hosting the â€śSummer Youth Employment Programâ€ť.