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The JCY-Westchester Community Partner’s mission is to enhance the educational experience of children in Westchester County through effective learning initiatives and the engagement of volunteer mentors.
After-School Programs
The Extended Learning Time (ELT) programs at School 17, School 23 and Boyce Thompson is made possible by the Yonkers Public Schools


At the end of each school day, students participate in an academically infused Enrichment Support Block including:


Robotics with Lego Mindstorms: Students design and build programmable robots using high quality motors, sensors, gears, wheels, axles, and other technical components. By using hands-on robotics, students will gain a better understanding of how technology works in real world applications.


Engineering with Lego Simple and Powered Machines: With machines & mechanisms, students get an in-depth understanding of mechanical and structural principles built into everyday machines. By building, designing, and testing solutions, students work as young scientists and engineers, all while honing design technology, science, and math skills.


3-D Printing: Students learn coding as well as how to properly prepare a digital model for printing on a 3-D printer. Students plan and design an object, and then transfer their idea into a CAD program (a powerful 3-D engineering tool) to bring it to life.  


Apex Science: Students take part in fun hands-on projects using nationally-recognized after-school curricula to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts. These will include projects using the APEX Science curriculum developed by the Miami Science Museum specifically for after school programs.

SHINE (Students of Hostos are Inspired and Nurtured to Excellence) after-school program serves students in grades K-6 at the Yonkers Eugenio Maria de Hostos MicroSociety School (Hostos).

SHINE offers students opportunities for growth and development in the following areas: homework assistance, tutoring, and mentoring. The program encourages students to participate in hands-on projects in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) concepts.

It also highlights the importance of nutritious snacks, physical recreation, team building opportunities, and other services. Students participate in hands-on science projects with visits from Greenburgh Nature Center, and the New York Hall of Science. Students are able to learn mindfulness techniques with visits from The Little Flower Yoga Project.  

Activities are designed to help develop social/emotional skills using the evidence-based Second Step curriculum.

New York State certified teachers work with the children and train the Counselors in STEM and ELA (English Language Arts) curricula.  Additional support is provided students who are recent immigrants.