Boys & Girls Club at P.S. 142

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A Dynamic Arts & Culture Program for Students in Grades K - 5
Studies show that students who participate in Arts programs usually improve their academic performance. Arts funding is increasingly being cut from school operating budgets.
This Youth Development program provides students with a strong arts education component.
IN THE NEWS: The New York Times featured our program as part of the Neediest Cases campaign, highlighting how we help students improve academically through the arts. Read the article and watch the video!

3 Original Performances Every Year
We have three performances a year; two showcases (one winter, one spring) that everyone participates in and an audition-only play in June. The students participate in activities such as photography, theatre, singing, tap dancing, jungle art, and creative moves, among more. Showcases are themed -- past ones includes "The Arabian Nights," and "Broadway our Way."
Students not only learn to act, dance and sing, they get the real experience of being an actor-- from learning how to audition, reading & memorizing lines, blocking scenes, working with a choreographer and musical director, projecting to an audience, wardrobe fittings, and taking a curtain call for standing room only performances.
Our staff includes college students, professional photographers, working actors, dancers, and singers.
These photographs feature students of the After Three Arts Spring Musical 2012:

Integrating the Arts: Drawing, Illustration & Photography
3rd - 5th graders take photography classes 2x/week.
We currently have a "Dreams" Showcase scheduled for 2010, which will feature student photos that represent the gamut of what a dream can represent (sweet dreams, nightmares, etc). A teaching artist and a club group leader will work with the students to create a video.
Other Activities
In addition homework time, we offer activities like the Explorers Club, and Boys and Girls Club programs like "Boys' Chat" and "Girls' Chat", where older students participate in projects based on issues they may be facing, such as peer pressure.
During holiday breaks, our programming and field trips are themed. A past theme was "Discovery, Creations, and Explorations." Students went on field trips related to this theme and worked together in small groups to crate projects that examined things like the discovery and invention of television.
Getting Parents Involved
New for this year is the Parents Core Initiative, which is designed to encourage parents to get involve with their child's activities at the club. Activities have included Nutrition Workshops, which were attended by more than 90 parents, and Financial Management workshops are currently being scheduled.
Our Wait List Is Growing - You Can Help
If our After School programs didn't exist, many local youth would have no options when school lets out. But for every kid we help, there's another on a waiting list that we can't accommodate. Learn how you can help us serve more local children and teens. [back to top]

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