As the first model of school-based community centers, Beacon centers are school-based community centers that serve children, youth, and adults. Providing year-round, evening, and weekend programming, UAU’s Beacons provide an array of activities and services from academic support and leadership development to recreation and physical activity to civic engagement and cultural exploration that transforms its host school into a dynamic hub of resources for the whole community. Through guided learning, exposure, and development, UAU’s Beacons aim to enrich and enhance the lives of individuals, families, and communities. UAU’s Beacons are safe havens that shine a light on opportunity for youth, adults, and communities.
The UAU-COMPASS Summer Camp program is proudly funded by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) at no-cost-to-families.
The COMPASS Elementary model is a robust design full of opportunities for children in grades K-5 to explore their interests and creativity. The COMPASS program supports social and emotional learning, provides age-appropriate programming that is hands-on, project-based and aligned with educational standards. The COMPASS program offers academic enrichment activities in STEM and Literacy, quality arts instruction and physical activity, including nutritional programming to promote healthy living.
The UAU-COMPASS Summer Camp programs operates for 6 weeks, Monday-Friday from 8:00AM-6:00PM.
The sister-model to the Beacons, UAU operates four Cornerstone centers within New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Mariners Harbor, West Brighton, South Beach, and Berry Homes properties. The NYCHA-based Cornerstones serve children, youth, and adults in year-round, evening, and weekend programming. UAU’s Cornerstone centers provide an array of activities and services from academic support and leadership development to recreation and physical activity to civic engagement and cultural exploration that enrich and enhance the lives of individuals, families, and communities. UAU’s Cornerstones serve as gateways to holistic services that taps into the strengths and talents of individuals and the community and support the growth and development of individuals and communities.