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*NEW College Access Support Program

Central Queens Y is proud to announce that it has begun offering college access support across its partnering high schools!  Presently, our full-time college access coordinator is primarily located at Forest Hills High School, helping students with all aspects of the college admissions process. More specifically, college access programming includes, but is not limited to, the following service areas:

  • CommonApp Essay Assistance
  • Supplemental Essay Assistance
  • Resume Building
  • Recommendation Letter Preparation and Guidance
  • College List Development
  • College Selection Decision
  • College Portfolio Development
  • Academic Advisory
  • Curating Shadowing/Internship Opportunities
  • Interview Preparation
  • Summer Program Applications
  • Scholarship Applications
  • Extracurricular Advising
  • Financial Aid Application Support (FAFSA/CSS/TAP)
  • Transitioning to College
  • College Signing Day

Our college access coordinator rotates to all of the Queens high schools within the Central Queens Y and Samuel Field Y networks. These include John Bowne High School, Martin Van Buren and Forest Hills High School and the Queens High School of Teaching.  When there, we provide the same services that are seen above, on both an individual or group level! It is also important to note that we do provide professional development for school staff, whether it is to generally familiarize them with the admissions process or provide targeted support for writing effective recommendation letters. Furthermore, we do aim to make a difference in enhancing the college-going culture of the high school by routinely celebrating student successes in a multitude of ways.  

For more information, please contact Lance Beverly, Ed.M, Program Coordinator at LBeverly@cqy.org

Programs at Martin Van Buren High School
A.C.E. Program: Achieving and Creating Excellence
The A.C.E program allows students in their freshman and sophomore years to gain skills needed for their success in high school and beyond.  By partnering with a quality and engaging staff during their transition into High School, ACE students are set up for continued support through critical services such as individual and group counseling.  Students have a safe space to meet with a counselor one on one to address personal and/or academic concerns. Counselors work to promote positive social emotional growth amongst the students and provide regular and ongoing communication with parents and families. Through participation in ACE, students have access to team-building and educational trips, peer groups, peer tutoring, after school activities, and more. This program is sponsored through the generosity and valued partnership of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development.  

For more information, please contact Asha McKenzie, LMSW, Program Coordinator at 718.776.4728 ext 2852 or AMcKenzie@cqy.org

S.O.A.R. Program: Student Opportunities for Achievement and Readiness
CQY Partners with John Hopkins University to provide a school-based counseling program for juniors and seniors to help improve students’ attendance, academic performance, and their social and emotional well-being. S.O.A.R. takes a holistic and comprehensive approach in addressing the various needs of our students and providing them with the skills and tools they need to learn and grow. The SOAR program leverages all resources and referrals to ensure quality and individualized care for each of our students.  Participants are given consistent encouragement and support in a safe environment to keep them on track towards graduation and prepare them for life beyond high school. Students are provided with access to individual counseling, group counseling, academic advisement, college and career readiness, peer tutoring, family outreach, and field trips.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Kawko, LMSW, Program Coordinator at 718.776.4728 ext 5542 or SKawko@cqy.org

We wanted to share this video that a friend at “West Elm” created, to reflect on our S.O.A.R. program’s Beautification Day at Martin Van Buren H.S. Check out these "Before" and "After" pictures, and enjoy the transformation at https://vimeo.com/216236193. Are these kids great or what?

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Programs at Forest Hills High School
CASE Academy
The CASE Academy allows students in their freshman and sophomore years to gain skills needed for their success in high school and beyond.  By partnering with a quality and engaging staff during their transition into High School, CASE students are set up for continued support through critical services such as individual and group counseling.  Students have a safe space to meet with a counselor advocate one on one to address personal and/or academic concerns. Counselor Advocates work to promote positive social emotional growth amongst the students and provide regular and ongoing communication with parents and families. Through participation in the CASE Academy, students in Forest Hills High School have access to team-building and educational trips, peer groups, peer tutoring, after school activities, and more. This program is sponsored through the generosity and valued partnership of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development.  

For more information, please contact Melissa Roy, LMSW, Program Coordinator at 718.268.3137 ext 5651 or MRoy@cqy.org

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S.W.A.G. Program: Students Working to Achieve Goals
The Central Queens Y is partnering with Forest Hills High School to provide an extended day program aimed at helping students improve their academic performance and increase their overall school attendance. Counselor Advocates work closely with families and school administration to provide individual and group counseling, along with credit bearing courses in key subject areas, to reduce chronic absence among high school students.  Our interventions and services assist with helping students remain on track for grade promotion and timely graduation.  This program is funded by the New York State Education Department.

For more information, please contact Melissa Roy, MSW, Program Coordinator at 718.268.3137 ext 5651 or MRoy@cqy.org or Shantel Stephenson, Counselor Advocate at 718.268.3137 ext. 5650 or SStephenson@cqy.org

 

Programs at John Bowne High School
S.A.F.E. Program: Student & Family Engagement
The S.A.F.E. Program goal is to help students and families foster healthy relationships with each other, peers, school, and the greater community.   S.A.F.E. partners with the school to host community events and offers individualized and group counseling, academic support, goal planning and specialized workshops for students.  Through S.A.F.E. we have launched a success mentorship program to target chronic school absence and provide targeted after school enrichment in areas such as: Culinary/Nutrition, Coding/Robotics, Filmmaking, Dance, and more, as well as classes and programs for families.  The S.A.F.E. Program is funded through NYC Community Schools by way of the New York State Education Department.

For more information, please contact Alexandra Saba, LMSW, Community School Director at 718.286.8134 ext 1593 or ASaba@cqy.org

Strive Program
The Strive Program is designed to meet the needs of students by delivering a holistic approach. Counselor Advocates in the Strive Program work within the student’s support network to strengthen the student’s capacity to actualize their full potential. Student’s enrolled in The Strive Program experience critical and quality programming that engages them in a meaningful and enlightening way. The Strive Program is an inclusive community that supports students through counseling, academic advisement, programs selected by participants, parent involvement and academic support.

Some of the services offered by the Strive Program include:

  • Student Nominated Clubs and Groups
  • Team-building and Educational Trips
  • Incentive Celebrations
  • Employment Support
  • Individual Counseling
  • Individual Academic Advisement
  • Group Counseling
  • Academic Support
  • Parent Workshops
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • College Preparation and Support

For more information, please contact Jessica Ambrosio, LMSW, Program Coordinator at 718.286.8134 ext 1053 or JAmbrosio@cqy.org

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Central Queens Y
67-09 108th Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Telephone: 718-268-5011
  Samuel Field Y
58-20 Little Neck Pkwy
Little Neck, NY 11362
Telephone: 718-225-6750

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