Youth ages 6 to 17 can volunteer, join sports leagues, and get help in school at Beacon programs. Beacon programs are community centers where kids can make friends while learning skills. Beacon is open when school isn’t: during evenings, weekends, and vacations. Centers also offer classes for adults.


  • Cost: Free
  • Who: Youth 6 – 17 who are enrolled in school
  • When: Evenings, weekends, and vacations
  • Location: Programs in all 5 boroughs
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  • Call NYC Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 to find out how to participate
  • Enrollment is ongoing