555 Broome Street (at Avenue of the Americas/6th Avenue), New York, NY 10013
Founded in 1972, The Door’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. Each year The Door serves more than 11,000 young people from all over New York City, with a wide range of services including reproductive health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, GED and ESOL classes, tutoring and homework help, college preparation services, career development, job training and placement, supportive housing, sports and recreational activities, arts, and nutritious meals - all for free, completely confidentially, and under one roof. The Door is unique in its ability to meet the complex needs of New York City's disconnected youth. No other organization provides the range of services we do all in one place. The Door works with underserved and at-risk youth, LGBT youth, and homeless youth and provides Creative Arts programing in dance/movement, music, vocals, production, performance art, visual art, and writing.
CATs at The Door would lead a multi-genre (fiction, poetry, non-fiction/memoir, dramatic scene) creative writing seminar/workshop for the youth community (ages 16-22). We are waiting to hear back from their Arts Program Director about dates and times but classes would most like meet for about an hour once a week. Those who are interested should list the times they have available on their form.
Double Discovery Center
Lerner Hall 306, Columbia University Morningside Heights campus
A Columbia University organization which enables young people historically underrepresented in higher education to pursue their educational aspirations and works to remove racial, gender, age, and religious barriers. Double Discovery offers tutoring and college prep courses for New York City high school students. CA/T faculty teaching teams collaborate with DDC coordinators to create Saturday workshop lesson plans in creative writing, essay writing, and grammar. Teachers also assist in organizing an end-of-semester reading of student work for family and friends.
A Columbia University organization which enables young people historically
underrepresented in higher education to pursue their educational aspirations and works to remove racial, gender, age, and religious barriers. CA/Ts create a club that runs once per week, Mondays preferred, from 4-6pm. The curriculum is loose, but classes would probably be best as self-contained, instead of ongoing projects.
ESL Oral History Project at The Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School 5800 Tilden Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203
The Kurt Hahn School is a 6-12 school working in partnership with New York City Outward Bound and Expeditionary Learning Schools. CA/Ts will work with the students (grades 9-12) on a writing and photography project. Some of the topics covered in the project will include: employment, health, youth culture, post-high school life, and the American government system. The aim of this project is to answer the following questions: What does it mean to belong? What can a community do to create a comfortable environment for immigrants? How should we influence the immigrant experience in East Flatbush? Students will be working all year with volunteers and speakers to create this project, which will then be put on public display. The project will include: an image (a photograph symbolizing the chosen character/interviewee), vignettes, information about resources in the community. In the first semester, CA/Ts will help design and facilitate pre-writing exercises and lessons (brainstorming the theme of story, developing characters, plot, conflict, climax, story elements, revising/editing, etc.) and will help with the written oral history part of the project.
Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts 215 West 114th Street, New York, NY 10026
A New York City magnet school whose students (grades 9 to 12) have particular aptitude for the arts. Courses additional to standard curriculum include instrumental music, theatre, dance, fine art, and culinary art. CA/T instructors function as featured instructors in Literature classrooms, facilitating a comprehensive lesson plan on creative writing, including exercises in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. CA/T faculty teaching teams create their own lessons and writing exercises with the support of Wadleigh instructors, who aid in classroom management. This semester CA/Ts will work with grades 11 and 12.
Brooklyn High School of the Arts 345 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Brooklyn High School of the Arts is a public high school located in the Boerum Hill area, right off the Atlantic Avenue Terminal stop. The school offers majors in Historic Preservation, Fine Art (visual and design), Dance (performing arts), Instrumental Music, Theater, and Vocal Music. Students must audition before the teaching staff for their chosen major. The school is new, having their first graduating class in June 2004. They have a student population of about 725 students in grades 9 through 12. CA/Ts at BHSofA would work with 2 classes of 11th graders this fall, and 2 classes of 10th graders. They open to collaboration with current curriculum or take-over style workshops in which CA/Ts come with their own lesson plans each week.
505 Eighth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York NY 10018
Common Ground/ The Prince George supportive housing unit is a pioneer in the development of supportive housing and other research-based practices that end homelessness. The organization builds affordable environments to foster respectful and supportive relationships among all members of their communities. CA/T teaching teams create workshop lesson plans focused on personal expression through poetry and prose. Workshop participants usually have a range of education backgrounds, so primer lessons on technique are essential. Teachers organize reading showcases and/or printed packets of student work. CA/T is offering 2 workshops at Common Ground this semester: a poetry workshop and a prose workshop (fiction/non-fiction/memoir). Classes take place weekdays and are subject to the Common Ground course schedule. Depending on scheduling, you may be asked to teach this class in the evening or the afternoon.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
5050 8th Ave. Suite 1103, Mid Town Manhattan, NY
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) is a grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds who live with mental illness. As the largest affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, we work collaboratively with our state and national affiliates, and with other stakeholders in the community, to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma, and improve the mental health system. A team of CA/T instructors would lead a weekly writing workshop for clients of NAMI. These instructors would be taking over for a former Columbia MFA alumni who has been teaching there since she graduated. She ran a workshop style class for the last two year and has reached out to CA/T to replace her after her move to Texas. The classes would be held Mondays at 6pm.
Ali Forney Center: Housing for Homeless LGBT Youth
224 W. 35th St. 15th Floor, New York, NY
New York City can be a brutal place for homeless youth and tragically, many young lives have been destroyed. At the Ali Forney Center (AFC), we are making a difference by rescuing kids from the dangers of the streets and placing them into our safe, homelike environments. AFC is working hard to provide our youth with the support and nourishment they need to succeed and thrive. We cannot do this work alone. We need the help and support of the broader community to make NYC a safer place for homeless LGBT youth. CA/T instructors started working at Ali Forney this summer. They ran a creative writing workshop, and the organization wants to continue the partnership. Workshops will be on a weekly basis at a time that works best for the organization and its clients.
Hetrick Martin Institute at The Harvey Milk High School
2-10 Astor Pl, New York, NY
The Harvey Milk High School (HMHS) is a four-year, fully accredited, inclusive voluntary public high school, named in honor of gay-rights champion and groundbreaking San Francisco politician Harvey Milk. The HMHS door is open for all students, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or physical abilities. Every small public school in NYC adopts a community-based organization as lead partner. The Hetrick-Martin Institute is that host agency for HMHS. That means Hetrick-Martin manages the school facility and uses the facility for after-school programs and supportive services. CA/T instructors would lead a weekly workshop on Wednesdays from 2-3:30 in creative writing, this class would serve as an elective for students at HMHS.
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
35-12 35th Ave (b/w 35th and 36th Streets), Astoria, NY 11106
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts offers the opportunity for all students to achieve their fullest academic and artistic potential. This is accomplished through a rigorous educational program, which includes a challenging academic program, pre-conservatory studio work, experiences with cultural institutions, and intensive participation in community service. CA/T instructors at FSSA would have some flexibility in their work there. This school serves very creative and motivated young artists and our job would be to provide some fresh ways to think about writing, either through an after school writing club with a theme (think: avant garde poetry or screenwriting, for example) or serve as writing specialist in a college-style writing center that would meet during the students lunch hour.
195 W. Houston St, New York, NY 10014
Named for its founder, comedian Gilda Radner, who lived with ovarian cancer until her death in 1989, Gilda’s Club NYC offers a place where men, women and children living with cancer – and their families and friends – can join together to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care. Oftentimes, workshop participants use this opportunity as a time of sharing and personal healing. CA/T teaching teams would lead a workshop of club members, with writing exercises and lessons on poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, with themes of emotional expression. This teaching opportunity won’t start until November.
James J. Peters’ Veterans Hospital, Bronx NY
130 West Kingsbridge Road, Bronx NY 10468
As a part of the United States comprehensive system of assistance for veterans, the Bronx VA serves as a place of rehabilitation and health education for military veterans of every branch and all walks of life. CA/T teaching teams partner with mental and physical rehabilitation coordinators to teach handicapped veterans, those recovering from treatments and surgeries, and several terminal patients. CA/T faculty teach classes that focus on basic topics such as Images, Memory, or Story-Telling, that encourage cognitive thought and explore writing as therapy. Teachers are also free to organize reading showcases and/or printed packets of student work.
Columbia Veterans Workshop
Kent Hall, Columbia University Morningside Heights campus
A program founded in 2010, this workshop is geared specifically to Columbia University students and members of the New York City community who have served in the armed forces. Level of proficiency ranges from novice writers to undergraduate and graduate level writing students. Teachers are expected to create lesson plans regarding elements of style and craft in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, with a heavy emphasis on in-class writing and workshopping. Teachers are also free to organize reading showcases and/or printed packets of student work.
Groundwork for Success of Good Shepherd Services
Founded in 2002, Groundwork for Success is built on a straightforward idea: to raise strong children you need to build strong families, and to support strong families you need to build strong communities. the organization works from the “ground up,” supporting children from East New York City from birth to college, with the aim of seeing kids graduate at a rate equal to their middle-class counterparts. Groundwork’s mission is geographically focused around the underserved communities of Eastern New York City, where the need for high quality enrichment and work experience programs for young people is particularly acute. In this area, 70.6 percent of children are born into poverty, one of the highest concentrations in New York City. CA/Ts would teach two different groups of kids: high school seniors (with emphasis on creative writing and the college essay) and high school freshmen (with emphasis on improving writing and creative writing) from 5-7pm one day Monday-Thursday.