The Stony Brook University AFS 283 Community Outreach Mentoring Program, in partnership with Tri Community and Youth Agency, runs from Sept 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016. Our mentoring program is designed to provide support and guidance for students from underserved neighborhoods in Huntington, Long Island. Last semester, and during the summer session, we had the pleasure of working with 12-15 students from the center (mostly H.S. students). The students were intrigued about college life and keen to take advantage of the opportunities our program provides. The Huntington students are impressionable and vulnerable, so it’s important that we commit our time to these students, do our best to provide them with sound advice, and treat them respectfully.
Tri Community and Youth Agency
Tri Community and Youth Agency (Tri CYA) is a private not for profit youth and community center. Tri CYA serves youth aged 5-21 years old in a variety of educational, recreational, cultural, counseling and advocacy programs. Tri CYA is open six days a week and all services are provided free of charge. Tri CYA serves at risk youth, the majority of youth who attend our center live at or below the poverty level. Tri CYA provides programs such as homework help 5 days a week, SAT/ACT prep, cooking, writing, art, karate, drop in programs. Workers also go into the street, community and school to outreach youth.
The neighborhood of Huntington Station has the highest number of teen parents, youth on probation, cps reports, single parent head of household, and families who are new arrivals in the Town of Huntington. Within walking distance from Tri CYA there exists two shelters for emergency housing, a low income housing development and many rentals with families doubling up in order to pay the rent. Many students who attend the youth center do not go on to college, they do not see themselves as college material, they do not get the guidance or attention to detail that is required today to navigate the college application process or even see themselves as starting the process. If indeed they do end up going to college many return home.