Health and wellness programs are designed to be fun and inviting for all members, with an effort made to attract teens and young people of all backgrounds in an environment that promotes and encourages interracial and cross-cultural cooperation.
SMART Kids (Ages 6-9), Start SMART (Ages 10-12), Stay SMART (Ages 13-15)
Children and young people are given the knowledge, skills, self-esteem and peer support to help them avoid risky behaviors and situations, including involvement with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Responsible behavior is presented as a deterrent to adolescent sexual activity, drunk driving and drug trafficking. SMART stands for Skills Mastery and Resistance Training.
The two main objectives of Kids’ Cafe are to curb the effect of malnutrition experienced by children living in poverty, and to provide job readiness skills for youth to enter into the food service industry. Kids’ Cafe at the Club serves approximately 150 meals daily, Monday through Friday. Our food service training initiative teaches young people many aspects of food service procedures, including preparation, cooking, serving, stocking, cleaning, safety awareness, and budgeting.
Older Club members explore culinary arts through an educational program with New York Kitchen, formerly the New York Wine & Culinary Center, during the summer. Participants learn basic cooking skills and prepare a variety of dishes.