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SONYC Middle School Programming

St. Demetrios
30-03 30th Drive
Astoria, NY 11102
Tel: 718-728-1754
Program Hours
Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm from September –June

Participants from the SONYC Saint Demetrios program built the Eiffel Tower.

HANAC’s SONYC Middle School Program is primarily funded by NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and focuses on a holistic approach to serve as a pathway to success for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Activities are offered that provide students with the support necessary to approach their grade level learning in order to remain competitive in society and to ensure that they are prepared for high school and beyond.

The program’s “club” like structure is crucial to its appeal to middle school students, as they have “choices’ in activities and have an active role as stakeholders.  Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) is incorporated throughout the programming in order to foster academic support, raise expectations and confidence as well as to assist youth explore their interests.   The program design is formulated to foster academic, social and emotional competencies and physical well-being in a safe and nurturing environment.

Youth leadership and community engagement is also a highlight of the program. HANAC believes that engaging parents and other caretakers to support HANAC and school staff is crucial to the SONYC program’s success.

Programming provides assistance in:  

*  Homework help                                                      * Test prep skills

*  Book clubs                                                              * Community service

*  Leadership development                                          * Music analysis

*  Physical Recreation                                                 *Robotics Club

*  Science lab                                                              * Student government

* Arts                                                                          * Service Learning Projects

* Youth Leadership                                                     * Mentoring

This program is open to the first 75 middle school aged students who apply.