BKYSC After-School Academy
The BKYSC Academy is the core after-school program at the Brooklyn Youth Sports Club. Consistent with our Mission, the program uses extracurricular activities, namely basketball, as a vehicle to engage participants in academic and other “off-the-court” activities. The year-round program is broken down into four seasonal sessions (Fall Academy, Winter Academy, Spring Academy, & Summer Academy) and is designed to meet the academic needs of each individual participant. The wide spectrum of academic areas address include literacy, homework help, individual and group tutoring, SAT/ACT prep, Regents Prep, and an array of curriculum-based classes that uses relevant and engaging subject matter to inspire students to think critically and to apply their learning to the real world.
The Better Athlete Coalition
The Better Athlete Coalition (BAC) is a specialized program for committed student-athletes in the middle school. The BAC curriculum addresses multiple academic areas including literacy/reading skills, academic mindset/approach, and, eventually, college awareness and prep. The program also stresses a commitment to developing personal character and integrity and focuses on empowering participants to make accountable decisions in the classroom, on the court, and in the community.
The reading skills portion of the curriculum focuses on comprehensive literacy. The goal is to read with greater understanding, which will translate into a better ability to comprehend material no matter the subject. This objective is accomplished through assigned readings, class discussions, writing assignments, quizzes and essays. The program aims to improve communication skills, enhance reading capacity, improve test-taking skills and expand and improve vocabulary and word usage.
The academic mindset/character development portion of the curriculum focuses on the mindset of student athletes in regards to schoolwork and life. The goal is to place greater emphasis on academics, to stress the importance of being a self-motivated learner, and to empower youth to work hard in all aspects of school and life.
At BKYSC, we expect 100% of our participants to graduate high school and enroll in college. BKYSC’s College Assist program is designed to address four key areas of need in the college enrollment process: 1) SAT/ACT Aptitude Test Preparation 2) Development of College Essays and Personal Statements 3) Crafting and Submitted Applications and 4) Enhancing College Exposure and Access. Our approach through these four components has proven to be effective – since 2012, BKYSC has graduated over 110 youth to college with a 100% acceptance and enrollment rate.
Essay Intensive is an essay-writing seminar for BKYSC high school juniors, preparing students to write meaningful and revelatory personal stories for college application essays. This course is intended to deepen the students’ relationship with themselves, their writing, and their sense of purpose. The program has been extremely successful in helping students become stronger writers, develop competitive college essays, and, ultimately, gain acceptance in top colleges and universities. Participants also engage in a basketball training curriculum similar to the After-school Academy. BKYSC also incorporates Essay Intensive in the Better Athlete Coalition, to help middle school students develop strong writing samples for the high school application process.
Varsity Assist is a partnership program between BKYSC and NYC high schools that provides academic support, tutoring, and test prep (Regents/SAT/ACT ) to student-athletes who participate on teams at their high school. The program, which takes place in the partner school’s facilities, was piloted in partnership in 2013 and has resulted in 100% passing scores on statewide tests. The program is current being expanded for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic school years.
Boys Summer Academy
The Summer Academy is the core summer program at the Brooklyn Youth Sports Club. Consistent with our Mission, the program uses extracurricular activities, namely basketball, as a vehicle to engage participants in academic and other “off-the-court” activities. The program is designed to meet the academic needs of each individual participant and to offer experiences for learning that are unique, engaging, and new. The wide spectrum of academic areas address include literacy, homework help, individual and group tutoring, SAT/ACT prep, Regents Prep, and an array of curriculum-based classes that uses relevant and engaging subject matter to inspire students to think critically and to apply their learning to the real world.
Girls Summer Camp
BKYSC runs an annual summer camp for girls (ages 10-14), in partnership with Honeys Hoops, that provides an enriching and engaging opportunity for summer learning and female empowerment. The girls camp ran four days per week for the summer months of July and August. In addition to basketball, the BKYSC girls camp included academic help, a mentoring program, writing/journal workshops, daily yoga and meditation, dance and fieldtrips. The program was piloted during the summer of 2014 and has evolved into a year-round program for thirty girls in Brooklyn.
Many students who participate in BKYSC programs have realistic aspirations of achieving college scholarships through basketball. For those student-athletes, BKYSC offers opportunities for students to compete in regional and national travel basketball tournaments and leagues. The purpose of these activities is to expose student-athletes to college coaches and recruiters and to maximize their potential scholarship opportunities. The model of these team-based activities is similar to all programs at BKYSC – before all practices, students participate in mandatory academic programs, including SAT prep, tutoring, Regents prep, Essay Intensive and other programs to assist them graduate high school and, eventually, enroll in college.