What We Do

What We Do

Summer Camp

Urban Hope’s most ambitious community endeavor is Summer Camp. For six weeks, from 8am to 5pm, over a hundred children fill our every nook and cranny of our facility with laughter and singing. A small army of volunteers, street leaders (junior counselors), partnering church groups and our staff bless our kids with music, games, arts and crafts, sports, drama, field trips and creative Bible lessons. It is the Lord’s prayer that it would be “on earth as it is in heaven.” So often that is our experience during this exhausting but amazing summer marathon.

After School Programs

Our afterschool program provides neighborhood children with help in their daily homework assignments with focused coaching in Math, Science, and Reading. Our program provides mentoring, social education, music, games, sports, arts and character enrichment through biblical teaching. Everyday our children also enjoy a healthy dinner.

Through our Urban Hope Garden, our children also get their hands dirty. They plant, weed, water and cultivate in our amazingly productive mini-farm. It is a particular joy to see them harvest, cook and eat the labor of their little hands. We teach them how to cook various cuisines, and the importance of healthy eating and cooking.

NL4SI Basketball League

New Life 4 Staten Island Basketball League” is geared to “reconnect disconnected youth to God, Church, Mentors, educational and vocational opportunity.” Our four division league comes together on our Basketball courts and on the two additional NYC park Basketball courts directly across the street. These four divisions play in a stress free environment without the tension associated with neighborhood bounty lines. Our four league divisions are situated in four of the most critical neighborhoods on the North Shore of Staten Island. We are strategically connecting at-risk young people with caring coaches, mentors, chaplains, educators and businessmen.

We are reaching out to individuals and local businesses to invest in the lives of these young people:

Team sponsorships: 750.00
Division sponsorships: 2000.00
League sponsorships: 5000.00

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Street Leaders Ministry

This program is designed to teach teens and youth work ethics, leadership development and spiritual development, which allows healthy community living. We train teenagers, twelve years and up, to be leaders by recruiting them to work with us for the summer camp. Older children, fifteen and up, are trained to be mentors to younger kids. Sessions for our older children include Leadership Development, Work Ethics, and Bible instruction.

Public School Partnership

As we serve in our community, we are committed to supporting our neighboring elementary school. There are many challenges our teachers and children face. We do the best we can to assist our school through: Teacher Appreciation Banquets, Thanksgiving Banquets, Community Garden projects and helping with school supplies. We are preparing to pilot a literacy initiative this fall. The relationship is very rich and reciprocal. For Christmas, the teachers from P.S. 18 purchased beautiful gifts for all of the children in our Urban Hope after-school Center.

We partnered with World Vision to distribute school supplies to 625 students of P.S. 18. Likewise, these supplies were also distributed to four other schools {P.S.44, P.S.20, P.S.19, & P.S.57} in collaboration with churches in their respective communities.