Turn 2 After-School ProgramThe Turn 2 Foundation and the New York City Parks and Recreation Department formed a partnership in 2000 to administer four free after-school programs (from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday) that reach nearly 300 children, ages 6-13, throughout New York City. Each day students are welcomed with a healthy snack, followed by help with their homework. The Turn 2 New York after-school programs offer local youth activities in cultural and visual arts, physical fitness, drug and alcohol awareness, environmental issues, computer literacy, academic enrichment, safety and nutrition. These activities strive to carry out the NYC Parks and Recreation Department's mission to enable the children to lead physically active lives through sports, fitness and outdoor adventure, while also fulfilling the Turn 2 Foundation's mission by supplying signature programs with activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles.
This year will mark the third year of Turn 2's Jeter Meter program at the after-school sites. This incentive-based program, administered in partnership with New York Road Runners, aims to promote healthy lifestyles and physical fitness by walking or running at least one-to-two miles per week. The participants receive prizes for their efforts and compete between age groups in their site, as well as the other sites. Each youth's goal is to accumulate 26.2 miles per program year, or a marathon.
To further expand cultural relationships and knowledge, each site will also be visited by the New York de Volunteers, an organization that aims to increase knowledge about Japan and its people. Through the eight-week course, children will learn basics of Japanese culture including geography, music, counting, greetings, food and origami.
Each summer, outstanding students from each site are nominated to attend Turn 2's Camp program. This year, 40 children will attend one of four overnight camps for one, two or three weeks, offering swimming lessons, arts and crafts, athletics, horseback riding, hiking and new friendships.
In partnership with the National Urban Technology Center, the Young Leadership Academy (YLA) program is administered at Sorrentino and Jackie Robinson after-school programs. Youth at both sites learn topics like teambuilding, conflict resolution, self-discovery, and healthy habits through innovative tutorials and techniques. The program is a proactive guide to avoid harmful substances and unhealthy behavior. The program has proved to better enable students to realize when potential problems can occur, be proactive in their choices and react appropriately.
Global Arts to Go
Choosing from a variety of topics in music, dance and arts, the Global Arts to Go program allows the after-school coordinators to build a unique artistic and musical curriculum based on the interest of the students. Programs offered include international dance, hip-hop and global dance, among many others. Instructors visit each of the four after school sites numerous times throughout the year to not only teach the students new artistic dances and skills, but about the heritage of the communities as well.
To culminate an exciting year, each site will host an Annual End-of-the-Year, After-School Showcase in June 2012. Families and peers will be able to see the skills the students developed over the course of the year. The showcases consist of dance, drama and musical performances, in addition to a presentation of the artwork created by the children throughout the year.
Turn 2 After-School 2010-11 Program Year
The goal at the Jackie Robinson Turn 2 after-school program was to increase the children's desire to actively engage and participate in safe, educational and fun programming during the hours most needed to deter them from negative situations. The staff accomplished this goal by continuing to provide a variety of engaging and eclectic programming from visual arts, cultural awareness and appreciation, to music, sports and computer programming. Parental/caregiver involvement through family events was also a major initiative. The purpose behind creating more family event programming was to form ways to engage parents with their children, other families and staff. Some of the great family events of 2010-11 included the Annual Parent Appreciation Thanksgiving dinner, a '70s-themed disco party and various family game nights.
A major focus at St. John's Turn 2 after-school program was to build stronger bonds between the participants and their parents/caregivers by implementing fun, family-oriented events. Through this venture, activities were created to include all members of the family. These included dance, drama, computer technology, visual arts and cooking. In February, the participants celebrated Black History Month in different ways. The 6-7-year-olds created an arts-and-craft project centered around Dr. Martin Luther King., the 8-10-year-olds learned a dance that they presented to the rest of the group at the culmination of the month, and the 11-13-year-olds completed a research paper on famous African-American inventors.
The objective of the St. James Turn 2 after-school program was to provide children with the ultimate after-school experience, while creating educational and recreational opportunities in order to excel. The St. James staff believes that support and motivation by role models and parents/caregivers are two key components to accomplishing this goal. The target was to educate the children on the importance of education, respect, values, life lessons, so the achievements they are reaching for can become self-worthy and historic. Program highlights for 2010-11 include film class, piano lessons and DJ lessons. In their film class, the participants put together a news production show that was aired to the rest of the program.
One of the many goals at Sorrentino Turn 2 after-school program was to bring the participants and their families closer together by inviting family members along on trips and events. This was a success due to planning fun activities that the entire family could take part in. Participants at Sorrentino enjoyed a variety of activities and events to promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyles. In the 2010-11 program year students participated in Wii Sports weekly, a visit to Roller Jam USA and a weekly doubel-dutch program.
Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants.
Social Change Project
The Project is an event created to share one of the Foundation's principles with communities.
Turn 2 Foundation Dinner
The 18th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner raised more than $1 million for youth initiatives.