Student Life & Residential Living

 

In our unique residential program, scholars become a part of our community and for 5 days a week, live in our dorm-style residence halls. They are surrounded by a community of role-model staff and volunteers that work to provide enrichment and support. Our residential program offers a stable foundation for growth where scholars receive critical needs such as shelter, meals, supervision, and necessities. Under the guidance of residential staff,  the residence halls offer the structure and stability crucial to the whole-person development of our scholars. Additionally, scholars participate in weekly art therapy sessions and are connected with outside counseling services as needed and under the guidance of our Director of Wellness and Therapeutic Services.

Components

Value Awards

We present awards at the end of each quarter to scholars that most embody one of our core values: Compassion, Vision, Dignity and Courage. We highlight excellence in our values through the areas of expression in Academic Achievement, Community Engagement, Global Fluency, Leadership and Personal Actualization.

Report Card Night

Conducted at the end of each quarter, families come in for scheduled appointments where they meet with academic advisors and program staff to discuss in depth the scholars’ current academic, behavioral and social emotional progress and well-being within the residence and the program.

Student Leadership Council

Scholars are nominated by their peers and residential staff to be a part of the student leadership council in the role of “Scholar Prefects”. Prefects are leaders within the dorm and act as role models for underclassmen, hosts for prospective scholars and guests, and representatives of our residential program to our stakeholders and partners.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

A volunteer opportunity where guests from our extended network join the scholars for dinner at the dorm and share with them their experiences in high school and college, speak on their past and present career prospects, and impart any wisdom and insight to our scholars.

Explore Next Door Enrichment

With the cultural landscape of NYC in our backyard, we encourage staff and volunteers to take advantage of the many opportunities for cultural enrichment throughout the city by taking scholars to exhibit openings, open mic nights, museum visits and more.

Scholar Circle

Each week, all scholars meet collectively as a brotherhood/sisterhood and led by program staff. The aim is to reconnect after the weekend, foster cohesion, support one another, share thoughts and ideas and begin the week as a grounded, connected community.