GOOD SHEPHERD SERVICES

Brooklyn Network:
Groundwork at Good Shepherd Services

  

Groundwork at Good Shepherd Services is a network of programs in the East New York and Bedford-Stuyvesant sections of Brooklyn, designed to equip children and families with the necessary supports to move forward to a more positive future. Primarily serving youth and families living in or near public housing, programs are focused on ensuring that neighborhood youth have the academic, personal, and leadership skills required to achieve success in elementary, middle, and high school; college; and beyond. Through its Single Stop program, families and community residents gain access to vital resources and public benefits. The program offers a free "one stop shop" for legal, financial, and other needs, providing confidential and unbiased one-on-one advice.

After-School Programs

After-School Center at PS 328

Opened in 2002, this after-school program provides activities for elementary and middle school students geared toward improving academic outcomes of participants. Activities for elementary school youth include literacy-focused project-based learning, homework help, tutoring, service learning, and arts and cultural enrichment.  Specialized programming for sixth to eighth graders, known as Middle Ground, focuses on youth empowerment and successful transition to high school. Middle Ground components include interest-based clubs like fashion and graphic design, recreational activities such as swimming, local and out of state field trips, arts and cultural programming, and STEM enrichment. The program serves youth who reside in or near the Unity Plaza and Long Island Baptist public housing developments. Summer Academy is also provided.

After-School Center at PS 260

This literacy-focused after-school program that is geared toward improving academic outcomes of participants, began operating in 2003. The program serves elementary school youth who reside in or near the Breukelen public housing development. Activities include project-based learning, homework help, tutoring, service learning, and arts and cultural enrichment such as dance and African drumming. Summer Academy is also provided.

After-School Center at PS 149

The program serves elementary school youth who reside in or near the Fiorentino Plaza public housing development. Established in 2008, this literacy-focused program provides activities that include project-based learning, homework help, tutoring, service learning, and arts and cultural enrichment such as dance and cooking. Summer Academy is also provided.

After-School Center at JHS 292

Provides specialized after-school programming, known as Middle Ground, for youth in grades six to eight focused on youth empowerment and successful transition to high school. Operating since 2005, program components include interest-based clubs like fashion and graphic design, recreational activities including swimming and baseball, local and out of state field trips, arts and cultural programming including step and African drumming, and STEM enrichment. Summer Academy is also provided.

Community Center

Cornerstone Initiative at the Sumner Community Center

The Sumner Community Center offers year-round activities for children, youth and adult residents of local NYCHA developments - Sumner, Tompkins, 303 Vernon, and Marcy. Youth services include literacy-based after school programming for elementary and middle school students and summer camp for elementary school students. Teen programs include college prep, music production, swimming lessons, and lifeguard training. For adults, we provide GED test preparation, job training workshops, and English-language lessons. 

College Preparatory Program

Groundwork for Success

Our four-year college preparatory program built on a youth development and peer empowerment model was established in 2003. Currently serving high school students living or attending school in Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York, GWS' primary goals are to ensure that all of its students graduate from high school on time and matriculate to a selective four-year college with the academic, personal, and leadership skills required to achieve success in college and beyond. Program operates year-round.

Family Support Programs

Single Stop-East New York

Located in the heart of East New York, this office helps families and community residents gain access to critical services and public benefits free of charge. Families and residents can receive educational advocacy, legal representation on housing issues, immigration services, financial and public benefits counseling, tax preparation and earned income tax credit eligibility screening.

The Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) program is a mental health component that is fully integrated throughout the Groundwork at Good Shepherd Services programs, with the ultimate goal to develop healthy youth and build strong families.  Through a combination of individual, family and group counseling, peer groups, play therapy, classroom management support and crisis intervention, social workers and MSW interns engage participants in a range of activities that foster positive development.

Program Locations

After-School Centers 

After-School Center at PS 328

330 Alabama Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11207

718-346-2200 x153

 

After-School Center at PS 260

875 Williams Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11207

718-346-2200 x136

 

After-School Center at PS 149

700 Sutter Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11207

718-346-2200 x149

 

After-School Center at JHS 292

301 Vermont Street

Brooklyn, NY 11207

718-346-2200 x121

 

Community Center

Cornerstone Program

Sumner Community Center

862 Park Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11206

718-919-3960

 

College Preparatory Program

Groundwork for Success

East New York

692 Blake Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11207

718-346-2200 x145

 

Bedford-Stuyvesant

Sumner Community Center

862 Park Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11206

718-919-3938

 

Family Support Program

Single Stop

595 Sutter Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11207

718-346-2200 x112


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