After several years of sharing a space with the Shalom Center on Albany Avenue, the youth programs of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council have finally found a place to call their own.
This week a lease was signed for the store front premises of 268 Brooklyn Avenue, at the corner of Lincoln Place.
Situated just around the corner from Oholei Torah, at the center of the Crown Heights community, the new location will be home to Mesivta-age students.
The boys will enjoy weekly social gatherings and exciting, creative activities such as photography, art, crafts and music.
According to 20-year-old Shmuel Maytales who has been a member of youth program since 2006, “The after school program has been a wholesome experience. I’ve been able to build my skills and confidence, through choosing from a variety of engaging projects and activities.”
The program is a project of the community council to provide support and guidance to Crown Heights teenagers through fun, engaging, recreational and educational mediums.
Some nightly activities include a Thursday night Beis Medrash where volunteers and participants enjoy one-on-one learning followed by food, fun and a farbrengen; GED classes; Life skills training courses; along with art and musical outlets.
“This is only the first of a number of new key developments that will be announced over the next month or two,” says Yitzchok Smith, Director of Youth and Prevention Programming for Jewish the community council.
“We look forward to repeating our highly successful Chaburas Hakayits – summer break program with evening programs for day camp counselors this summer, and to creating more programs for the benefit of young people in our community.”
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