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Enrichment Zones | Summer activities and school-year homework help
Does your child need help with homework or extra tutoring? Are you looking for an exciting and educational after-school program?
Then look no further than The New York Public Library’s after-school Enrichment Zones program! Students come after school two to four days per week, Monday—Thursday, for three hours a day. During the program, students work on homework, receive personalized tutoring, and participate in exciting educational computer programs.
Literacy Leaders | Reading help for grades 1 and 2
Do you have a child in first or second grade? Do you want your child to develop a love of reading? Are you interested in having your child work with caring mentors?
Then come to the New York Public Library’s Literacy Leaders program! In this program, your child will be matched with a teen mentor who understands his or her individual needs. Together, they will work to build a love of reading and learning and will work on basic literacy skills. The program meets after school Monday through Thursday.
Literacy Leaders | English elective course and paid internship
Do you need an ELA elective credit for graduation? Interested in developing real-world skills through a paid mentoring and tutoring position? Fantastic! High School Literacy Leaders wants you!
If you are in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and you are enrolled in high school in New York City, you can become a Literacy Leader this Fall. You will earn one ELA elective credit through the Department of Education in the Fall. After you successfully complete the fall internship, you can then become a paid employee of the New York Public Library.
Mentoring | College and career guidance for ages 15–19
Do you need guidance getting ready for college or deciding which college is right for you? Ever wondered what it’s like to experience a day in the life of a corporate executive? A mentor can help you understand your strengths and interests, write a resume, choose a college, apply for financial aid, and put your best foot forward in a job interview.
Major support for after-school programming is provided byArthur W. Koenig; the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; the Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R. Barakett Endowment for Children's and Young Adult Programs and Services; the E.H.A. Foundation Endowment for Literacy Programming; The Frederick P. & Sandra P. Rose Foundation; The Bok Family Foundation; Booth Ferris Foundation; The New York Life Foundation; The Pinkerton Foundation; News Corp; Con Edison; and The Walt Disney Company, with additional support from the Estate of Brooke Russell Astor and the Estate of Mary McConnell Bailey.
BridgeUp | Helping students reach their greatest potential
For grades 9–12
Looking to do something after school that is unlike anything you've done before? Then consider BridgeUp: a new and exciting Out-of-School Time program just for teens!
BridgeUp is committed to providing each of our Scholars with a customized plan for achieving their dreams. With unlimited access to cutting edge technology, daily homework help, activities that spark curiosity, and a team of incredible staff, there is no limit to what teens can achieve with BridgeUp.
The NYPL BridgeUp program has been made possible thanks to the generous support from the Helen Gurley Brown Revocable Trust.
What: Homework help line for elementary and middle school students, run by classroom teachers
Hours: Monday—Thursday, 4—7 p.m.
Languages spoken: Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Fukanese), English, French, Haitian-Creole, Russian, Slovak and Spanish
Download Dial-A-Teacher fliers in English and in Spanish
A Brief History
The Dial-A-Teacher program began in January of 1980. It was a pilot program in 17 schools in 8 districts. Five teachers were hired to field these questions with one teacher proficient in Spanish. Students throughout the city quickly began to use the program to get help with homework problems that stumped them. By 1986, the program expanded to include all elementary schools in the city through funding by the NYC City Council. The UFT provided a large space where the newly hired staff of 45 teachers could work. Hundreds of texts and reference materials were bought and Dial-A-Teacher was now a world-class source of help for all the elementary students in the city.
As word spread to students that there was a telephone number that they could call to get free help with homework, the number of calls climbed steadily. Students in middle school and high school who were using the Dial-A-Teacher program since the third grade continued to seek this help. Dial-A-Teacher began hiring experts in advanced math and science to field these calls from older students.
The director of the Dial-A-Teacher program is Anthony Harmon. Sean Blanks is the coordinator who assists in the day-to-day administration of the program. The office telephone number is 212-598-9205. You can use this number to arrange for workshops, to order materials, to schedule classroom visits or to get general information about the program. If you need to speak to the director, call 212-510-6338.