Current Programming

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Current classes:

Vi Be Theater Experience Theater games, improvisation & collaborative play-writing, Ages 13-18 years old. Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm Bi-Weekly

G.O.A.L. Healthy Relationships, Reproductive wellness, College Access & Prep. Grades 9-12, must be enrolled in HS or an equivalent program. Meets MONDAYS weekly 6:30-8pm, + 2 TUESDAYS per month 6:30-8pm  (College Explorers workshops).  Class meetings are IN-PERSON, Monday the class meets at 19 E. Mount Eden Ave, YAOI space, Tuesdays they meet at 1525 Townsend Ave in the regular Girls Program Space. This program pays a STIPEND for perfect or near-perfect attendance. For more information about GOAL curriculum and typical sessions (prior to covid-19), visit our GOAL page. Download the GOAL Program Agreement Fall 2022  which can be filled out digitally OR printed, signed & scanned — then email to t.lucas@newsettlement.orgSpace is limited, for safety, these will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis based on the return of the completed Agreement.

Sadie Nash Leadership Project  Leadership development, youth activism & participant-led projects. Grades 9-12. Meets Thursdays 5:00 pm-6:30 pm *This program pays an attendance-based STIPEND. Watch invite/orientation video!

EDsnaps Interactive STEAM workshops, special guests and mentors, relaxing but challenging project-based exploration. Will only be meeting during Spring Break this year. Please contact Tasheema for more information on how to register for our Spring Break Intensive

Build Her A Bridge Self-esteem & mental wellness support group. Grades 6-12. Meets twice a month on Mondays 5-6:30pm in the Fall ONLY, HYBRID; plus one-on-one mentoring sessions scheduled as needed (REMOTE or IN-PERSON). Class meets IN-PERSON, the group or one-on-one meets at 19 E. Mt Eden Ave, YAOI Office. Watch Tasheema’s video invitation!

Next Level Dancers  Hip Hop dance classes. JUNIORS (ages 10 up, beginner/intermediate) meets THURSDAYS 6:30-8:30 PM. IN-PERSON @ 1514 Townsend Ave, Community Room 1. *Space is limited for safety & social distancing.

Next Level Dancers – Hip Hop dance classes. SENIORS (ages 14 – YA, advanced) meets Sundays 2-5:30 PM. IN-PERSON @ 1514 Townsend Ave.  *Space is limited for safety and social distancing.

Girls EnCourage  Adventure Learning and team-building, grades 6-12. Meets twice a month Wednesdays 5 pm-630pm Outdoor day-trips (typically Sundays, & weather permitting) with pre-expedition remote planning and team-building sessions.

Silence Out Loud  Poetry, grades 6-12. Tuesdays 5 pm-6:30 pm Led by performance Poet Roya
Marsh, these workshops are a truth-telling experience through the media of spoken word encompassing life, love, self, justice, and the power of happiness and self-actualization.

Regular attendance is required to stay enrolled, and some classes may close enrollment after a few weeks even if the maximum has not been reached, as group projects or program content may have progressed too far.

Covid-19 safety measures: For all in-person sessions, temperatures will be taken upon entry and everyone (staff and participants) must wear a mask, wash & sanitize hands frequently, and remain socially distant. Class materials will be personal and kept separate, and the space will be cleaned and sanitized before and after every session. Masks and hand sanitizer and easy access to restrooms will all be provided, though participants are welcome and encouraged to wear their own reusable masks. Windows will be kept open as long as weather (and heat) permit. **If at any point the number of Covid-19 cases city-wide (or program-wide) requires a tighter lockdown, hybrid and in-person classes will shift to remote. **

Ongoing partnerships include Sadie Nash Leadership Project, EDsnaps, and Vibe Theater Experience

Support for our online and in-person programming has also been provided by  The Meringoff Foundation, The Yankee Stadium Fund, The SMPS Family Foundation, City Council (Young Women’s Initiative), Washington Square Fund and Poets & Writers

 If you, your family or someone you know are in need of resources, including food, educational equity advocacy (i.e. help obtaining promised services such as devices or internet), legal assistance, mental health support or if you are experiencing domestic violence, please visit New Settlement’s COVID-19 Update & Resource links page and/or get in touch with Program Director Tasheema Lucas at