Harlem Ivy is one of several new ventures by Teachers College, Columbia University to support New York City public schools and their students. Designing video games, baking sweet potato fries, building robots, illustrating poetry with digital pictures and growing their own herbs and vegetables are just some of the ways the 400 elementary school participants in the Harlem Ivy 21st Century Community Learning Center engage with science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on inquiry. Advocating for after-school programming, painting murals heralding the importance of environmental stewardship, and creating videos against bullying are a small sample of projects students have engaged in to give back to their schools and community while enhancing their academic pursuits through service learning.
Harlem Ivy supports literacy learning for students and their families through art residencies that encourage and support creative and critical thinking. College and higher education is always on the mind of Harlem Ivy students as they work with Teachers College students and spend time on the Teachers College campus.
Harlem Ivy is funded through the 21st Century
Community Learning Center program, an initiative of the United States Department of Education administered by the New York State Department of Education. Four well established not-for-profit organizations implement the after-school programming in the NYC public schools in Central Harlem and Washington Heights.
They recently launched a new website which has further information on staff, community partners, and activities. Visit them here: Harlem Ivy Website
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