Center for Family Life at Sunset Park High School
Center for Family Life at Sunset Park High School includes school day, after school, and summer services for young people in 9th - 12th grade. There are many components, as follows:
During the school day, a unique Advisory Partnership pairs Center for Family Life’s youth development staff with SPHS teachers to integrate interpersonal, academic, and college preparation support directly into the learning environment. All 9th – 11th grade students attend advisory classes, twice a week throughout the school year. Advisory groups enable SPHS and CFL partners to assess and respond to the needs of students and ensure that all members of the school community have a role in creating a positive school culture that fosters high achievement and healthy relationships.
The 12th Grade Internship Program: CFL staff coordinates this program for high school seniors, in partnership with SPHS teachers. Students gain work readiness skills in stimulating and challenging internship environments. Students participate in off-site internships, attend weekly professional development seminars and complete projects that demonstrate their learning.
Afterschool programming at SPHS takes place Monday - Friday from 3:30 - 6:30pm. Free hot supper is provided daily from 3:15 – 3:45pm followed by more than 45 afterschool activities that are implemented in collaboration with SPHS teachers and reinforce the advisory curriculum. A detailed seasonal schedule (fall, winter, spring) is provided to students during advisory. The program provides a rich menu, including:
Academic Enrichment: SPHS teachers provide SAT Prep, tutoring, and academic enrichment, College Now and credit-bearing classes in all subject areas, along with daily homework assistance and a supervised writing center in the school's library computer lab,
Clubs and Sports: Yearbook, Speech and Debate, Knitting, Photography, Woodworking, Fashion Club, Cheerleading, DREAM Team, Gay Straight Alliance, PSAL Sports Teams, and many more.
“Life Lines” Community Arts Project at SPHS: arts and leadership development activities with advanced instruction and performance opportunities through Theater, Dance, Vocal, Music Production, and Visual Arts Troupes, plus a Repertory Company.
Leadership Programs: these grade-specific after school groups provide leadership development and academic mentoring, along with college and career preparation. The AIM Program (9th grade) supports students' transition into high school with a focus on timely promotion to 10th grade. This program also incorporates 10th grade students in leadership roles peer mentor roles. The Step-Up Program (12th grade) helps high school seniors transition to college with individualized supports around the application process and workshops designed to prepare students for life after high school. Participants in Step Up are also guaranteed a summer job.
TGIF Community-Building and Options: a Friday program which provides a cross-program and cross grade opportunity for high school students to select from a menu ofactivities all designed and led by SPHS students with the support of CFL staff. Past options have included Cooking, Bollywood Dance, Anime and more.
College Success Mentoring: The College Success Mentoring Program links SPHS graduates -- all freshmen at various CUNY campuses -- with mentors who are older students attending college at the same campuses. The mentors, all of whom are also SPHS graduates and/or former CFL program participants, provide weekly support to each mentee around the areas of academics, financial aid, and school/life balance. The program kicks off each summer with a series of workshops and an overnight camping trip, and will continue to develop with the addition of new mentees and special events throughout the year.
Family Engagement Events: Each year, we partner with SPHS to host families at a number of events, including a Welcome Back to School community barbecue, college and financial aid workshops, and “Meet Your Advisor” nights. Childcare, dinner, and translation services are provided, in partnership with Sunset Park High School.
Center for Family Life's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is also based at SPHS, offering summer jobs for youth ages 14-24 with employers throughout Brooklyn. Worksites include local government agencies, libraries, hospitals and clinics, child-care centers, summer day camps, senior centers and nursing homes, community organizations and retail locations. Younger Youth, ages 14-15, also attend weekly educational workshops, designed to help participants build their interpersonal skills, conduct college and career exploration, and develop healthy habits.
Center for Family Life at Sunset Park High School,
153 35th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232, Offices B03 & B07 (718) 840-1640