BNA has initiated of many programs in its over 40 year history. We wrote a proposal back in the 1970s that laid the groundwork for after school programs throughout District 21, working with the late Councilman Sam Horowitz and the former District 21 School Superintendent, Donald Weber.
We started out overseeing 12 after school programs, however, the jewel of our youth services was “SECOND CHANCE SUMMER SCHOOL” which afforded youngsters who fell behind an opportunity to make up their grades and move ahead with their peers. In the past decade we also have initiated ESL (English as a second language) as part of our endeavors to reach out to the growing New American population in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The children enhanced their academic experience with these newly learned skills.
We also incorporated an anti-truancy program reaching out to the parents/guardians of children who were consistently absent to ascertain the reason and to encourage their return to the classroom. Thousands of students including those “at risk” received the needed help to go on to become productive adults.
With the success of our Youth ESL program, and the growing Hispanic population in Brighton Beach, we decided to offer ESL classes to assist both parents and their children in enhancing their English skills. The parents upon completing the course found it easier to navigate the policy and communicate with administrators of their children’s local schools. In addition BNA had taken part in a literacy program to help our growing Hispanic population read and understand English. With our on going Spanish Outreach Program we are helping more and more Hispanic speaking residents to navigate in their new society.
In the past BNA has also met with Abraham Lincoln High School parents to discuss how to work together for the betterment of students and community.
BNA has ongoing relationships with various colleges and provides their students with Brighton Beach history lectures.