Children & Youth Services

Hodori After-School Program

Established in 1994, Hodori (Little Tigers) Program have been providing students not only with academic assistance, but also with social and emotional support that will enrich their developmental growth through carefully designed after-school and summer-school programs.  We are a licensed School-Age Child Care program with the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and have been serving children of lower socioeconomic status families within the Korean American community.  Currently, we are serving students from K – 8th grades during weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at JHS 189.  We specialize in serving the Korean American population, but all ethnicities are welcome as well. During the academic year (September to June), the after-school program is fully committed to helping students complete their homework.  In addition, we provide creative enrichment activities and academic development programs that focus on building self-esteem, and improving communication and social skills.  Every Wednesday, students participate in various special classes such as violin, Tae Kwon Do, fencing, Korean drums, dance, art, etc. We are very proud and honored to have highly trained and qualified individuals (one of our fencing coaches was an Olympic medalist!) teaching these weekly classes for our students.  All special classes, as well as necessary supplies and uniforms, are provided at no additional cost to students.

In the months of July and August, Hodori focuses on building students’ leadership skills through a 6- or 7-week summer school program.  Students who enroll in our summer school will enjoy free lunch and snacks as well as 3 field trips. Our past field trips have included the American Museum of Natural History, Adventure Land Amusement Park, and Splish Splash Water Park.  Our summer program is devoted to supplementing students’ academic work as well as enhancing their developmental growth to help mold them into becoming future leaders of our society.  Our two programs are highly complementary and students who participate in both programs experience discernible growth intellectually, cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally.

One of Hodori’s unique strengths is our commitment to the overall well-being of the children and families we serve.  We pride ourselves in being able to provide counseling services to students as well as workshops for parents by certified mental health professionals with a Master’s.  These services aid students manage internal and external stressors so they can better maximize learning and experience growth.  Parental education services are also provided as part of a comprehensive support for students’ social and emotional health. The tuition for Hodori program is $100 per month.  Scholarships are available for families with financial hardship.

For more information, please contact Mi Jung You at mjyou@kafsc.org or 917-497-4024. Location: JHS 189 (144-80 Barclay Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355)

Child and Adolescent Counseling
Counseling is provided for child witnesses of domestic violence, ACS and/or school-referred cases with consent from their parent or legal guardian. Sessions will be held on a weekly basis with supportive counseling or parenting education provided in conjunction to the parent/legal guardian of the child/adolescent. Services are free of charge.

Youth Community Project Team
YCPT is a student-led and operated group of local high school students dedicated to creating positive changes in the Korean American community. Through weekly discussions and analyses of the community’s needs, these young volunteers determine, design and conduct their own projects and hone their team-building and leadership skills while assisting members of the community with special needs. YCPT meets every Friday from 5pm – 7:30pm. Students must be attending High School to be a part of YCPT. Both students and parents will be screened through an in-house interview with the Youth Program Coordinator. For more information or to apply, submit an application to hanna.kim@kafsc.org.

Study Group
The Study Group Program provides a safe and studious environment for students who are unable to afford an after-school study program. With the assistance of experienced volunteer instructors, students receive support to reach their academic goals and prepare for the SAT. The Youth Program Associate and volunteer instructors lead structured lessons with the aid of accredited SAT prep resources and an emphasis on Math and English. Study Group’s small classroom setting allows for instructors to address the individual needs of each student. In addition to SAT preparation and homework assistance, the Youth Program Associate and volunteer instructors help to work as college advisers, providing counseling and assistance with college applications, internship and scholarship opportunities and help coordinating college tours. The end goal for Study Group is to help students graduate from high school, perform well on the SAT and be accepted into a college of their choice.
Requirements:
Students must be attending High School and should live in Queens
Unable to afford to attend an after-school study program
Students must provide their most recent report card or progress report
Guardians must provide a copy of an up-to-date income tax report
*Students and parents will be screened through an in-house interview with the Youth Program Associate.
Ongoing enrollment (Students may join at anytime.)
When: Weekly, Mondays & Wednesdays
Time: 5pm-7pm
Location: KAFSC Center, Flushing, Queens
Contact: Cora Kobischka at cora@kafsc.org. or 718.460.3801 x 24.

Unni-Hyung Mentoring Program
This is a community-based, one-to-one mentoring program for Korean American youths between the ages of 14-18. We pair youths (“Mentees”) with young professionals (“Mentors”) to foster healthy relationships by doing activities together under the Program Coordinator’s guidance. Mentors provide friendship and support throughout the mentoring period while at the same time serve as a role model and friend. Mentees may face issues related to acculturation, domestic violence, or lack of a positive adult-figure. By encouraging them through this enriching relationship, they will be able to develop social and leadership skills as well as their future career interests.

Requirements

1. During a one year-long commitment, mentoring pairs meet for a minimum of four hours.
2. Mentor must attend a in-house interview, training session and get finger printed prior to being paired.
3. Mentees must attend an interview and orientation session prior to being paired.
4. Mentoring pairs must attend at least 3 out of the 6 group events.

5. Mentoring pairs must have constant communication throughout the week or month with Youth Program Coordinator.

To apply to be a Mentor or Mentee, please download the Mentor Application or Mentee Application and send it to mentoring@kafsc.org.

Questions? Email us at mentoring@kafsc.org.

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