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Playing2Win.org
Playing2Win (P2W), Harlem's cutting-edge technology and education center provides youth and adults a creative environment where technological arts are the centerpiece of learning. Through independent study, group workshops, and one-on-one interaction, students gain experience in web design, digital art and video, music production, e-business, and an array of other marketable skills. (301 West 125th Street, 3rd Floor b/t 125th & Frederick Douglas near the A subway train)

Service in Schools
A joint partnership of the NYC Department of Education and NYC Service, Service in Schools strives to expand the number of NYC students engaged in transformative community service and service-learning experiences that enable them to use their voice, skills, and critical thinking to affect positive change in their communities and the world.

Harlem Live
Harlem Live is an internet publication "written, created, presented, represented by teens in Harlem and throughout NYC." Not only is there great coverage of Harlem events and people, but the site itself is a powerful example of what young people can do with technology.  Also check out HarlemLive.Org's clickable Harlem Map.

826NYC
826NYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. The services are structured around the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind they provide drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. All of their free programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student's power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Offers various FREE after-school and summer programs for children of all ages.

Fresh Air Fund
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund -'" an independent not-for-profit agency -'" has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million children from New York City's toughest neighborhoods.

High 5 Tickets
Offers teens ages 13 to 18 tickets to dance, theater, music, film, museums and more.

NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) was created to provide the City of New York with high-quality youth and family programming. Over the past two decades, the City of New York has expanded quality after-school services to support young people and working families.

Harlem Educational Activities Fund
HEAF takes students who are on  or above grade level and gives them the tools they need to reach higher. HEAF students participate in academic enrichment and youth development programs after school, on Saturdays, and during the summer.  Their educational model is a blend of academic support, enrichment and acceleration.

Partnership for After School Education
The Partnership for After School Education (PASE) is a child-focused organization that promotes and supports quality after school programs, particularly those serving young people from underserved communities.
 
Police Athletic League

The Police Athletic League (PAL) serves New York City boys and girls with recreational, educational, cultural and social programs. Young people, ages three to 21, build for the future with a place to learn, grow and dream.

YMCA

The YMCA has extensive after-school program options, some of which are free.

Chess-in-the-Schools

Since 1986, Chess-in-the-Schools has taught, inspired, and empowered more than 400,000 students in Title I New York City public schools. Through structured classroom, after-school, weekend, and summer programs, we use chess as an educational tool to promote learning and to help young people develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving.

The Urban Dove
The Urban Dove is dedicated to enriching the lives of New York City's at-risk youth by creating a supportive, positive environment where kids can develop the life skills and confidence they need to reach their full potential.