SGHY works with two New York City Middle Schools. Our schools select the students who participate in SGHY programs or receive SGHY scholarships, with parental permission, based on criteria Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth establishes in consultation with the educators and program providers and in compliance with all applicable Department of Education regulations. Summer camp scholarships go to students whose families cannot afford the tuition. SGHY plays no role at all in the selection of individual students. All programs and summer camps are 100% free of charge to all students and their families.
The school has a population of close to 600 children. Almost 100% of the children, in grades 6 through 8, are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. The school accommodates children from three homeless shelters which are in the immediate vicinity of the school. In addition, the school’s population includes 27% of the student body classified as needing special education services, and 23% of the students classified as English Language Learners.
The school serves 830 children of which half are in grades 6 through 8. The school adjoins both the Alfred E. Smith public housing project and a major family homeless shelter. Over 90% of the children are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. The school student population consists of 23% classified as needing special education services and 16% classified as English Language Learners.
- Girls Volley Ball: SGHY funding opened the MS 302 gym for the girls volleyball team to practice and play. At MS 126, SGHY funded new, needed volleyball equipment for the girls volleyball team and program.
- New York City Center for Space Science Education (NYCCSSE). This year SGHY will cover the cost for girls and boys at MS 302 and MS 126 to attend this hands-on center for science education. 32 students will also attend a week-long intensive cosmology “Digital Universe” camp at the Hayden Planetarium, and visit Columbia University’s astronomy facility where they will learn from astronomers and use various telescopes to survey the universe.
- Tennis with New York Junior Tennis and Learning. Co-ed teams from MS 302 and MS 126 are coached at Crotona Park Tennis Center and at the East River Tennis Courts. The program culminates with both schools coming together for a tournament at Columbia University’s tennis facility. Afterwards, our students get to play with and ask questions of Columbia’s championship tennis players and coach.
- Girls Basketball: Sophie’s Stars, The Greenwich House Malakoff Girls Basketball League.
- Co-Ed Dance. Students from MS 302 are instructed by the National Dance Institute at their dance facility by SEA, the Society for the Educational Arts.
- Outdoor Adventures: Through a special arrangement with Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth the Sierra Club has arranged to conduct outdoor adventures with our students at MS 126 and MS 302 on weekends and during school vacations. For most of these kids, this is their first time hiking, ice skating, rafting, interacting with nature in the great outdoors.”
- SGHY funding also makes possible after-school or weekend programs in the following sports: volleyball, badminton, and running.
Summer Camp Programs
- Tennis Sleep-Away Camp at the Julian Krinsky Basketball Camp program at the Haverford College Campus.
- Basketball Sleep-Away Camp – By Team First at the campus of the Knox Boarding School on Long Island’s North Shore.
- Volleyball Sleep-Away Camp – at the Nike Volleyball Camp at the Bryn Mawr College Campus, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
- Outdoor Adventure Sleep-Away Camp with Manhattan Youth at the Appalachian Mountain Club. SGHY arranged for students to join with the Manhattan Youth Organization, one of our city’s top quality youth service providers, for a week of camping, hiking, swimming.
- Tennis and Basketball Day-Camp in Riverside Park. Sixteen of our Bronx students and sixteen of our Lower East Side/Chinatown students got to journey to Riverside Park this summer for intense basketball or tennis instruction, on the Hudson. The Kids of Summer, one of the City’s top-quality day camps in connection with the Riverside Park Conservancy provided the instruction and facilities.
- Dance Day Camp at the Irene Diamond Summer Institute of National Dance Institute, a scholarship opportunity for two students who attend.