The Second Chance Youth Empowerment Project is a community development program of the Second Chance Gospel Music Convention, Inc. founded in the spring of 1999 and designated as a federal tax-exempt 501c3 charity by the IRS in 2005. The 2nd Chance Youth Empowerment Project was established in 2007 to meet the educational and social well-being of inner-city youth from low-income communities. After several years of community development, youth empowerment, and family support, the Second Chance Youth Empowerment Project partnered with World Association for Community Empowerment (WACE) to start the North Shore learning Center in 2014. Our partnership with the World Association For Community Empowerment, Inc. is a strategic alliance designed to empower low-income and immigrant families become self-sufficient through a comprehensive array of programs and services that foster hope and promote personal growth and development.
Address: 35 Holland Avenue. Staten Island, NY 10303
North Shore Learning Center relies heavily on the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making North Shore Learning Center an even better organization than it already is. Support our efforts any way you can all contributions are appreciated. Contact us for more specifics about getting involved.
For more information on the North Shore Learning Center, visit: www.northshorelc.org
North Shore Learning Center knows that strength not only lies in our words, but in our actions as well. We have set out on a mission to help heal the community, and will not quit until our job is complete. North Shore Learning Center inspires action and supports communities. We’re driven by a firm belief in the power of helping others, and we will do anything it takes to make an impact.
Job Readiness Program: Run by North Shore Learning Center, the Job Readiness Program is a service that allows individuals, 18 or older, to become more competitive in the job market in which will include training for these individuals in an array of factors including: computer training, career goals setting, work place communication skills, basic math, writing skills, introduction to workplace culture, interviewing skills, resume preparation and professional dress code skills. Such program may help individuals in any occupation what so ever that they may seek. The population being served includes a varied group of individuals within Staten Island that seek employment and will be aided through this program. There have been many success stories that has allowed many individuals to obtain jobs including customer service and security jobs.
After-School Program: This program allows youth within Staten Island to engage beyond the hours of the classroom to be able to complete their homework and also work on academic skills that they may need help on. The program operates September through mid-June with the help of volunteers, parents, and even the Executive Director. The population served is the youth of Staten Island aged 6-14 that desire to continue their academics after school. Program hours are Monday – Thursday between the hours of 2:30 PM – 6 PM.
Computer Literacy Program: The Computer Literacy Program serves individuals to help them learn basic computer skills which includes how to use certain databases such as “Microsoft Word”. Classes are based on the inherent skill level of the participant. Program hours are Mondays – Fridays between the hours of 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM. Anybody who is available and willing to learn is welcome to be taught by the volunteers and staff of North Shore Learning Center.
Civic Engagement Voter Program: The Civic Engagement Voter Program focuses on engaging the low income community. Program members will be educated on politics and cultural awareness. This takes place right before and after the election season.
Summer Youth Program: The Summer Youth Program focuses on helping to engage low income community members aged 6-16 to make an impact on the area they are living in. This includes cleaning garbage off of the streets and maintaining gardens and other community areas. The program takes place during the summer time when kids are out of school here at the North Shore Learning Center. In addition to helping out within the community active participants have the ability to possibly go on trips to places such as the Liberty Science Center, 6 Flags Great Adventure, museums and Zoos. We are always looking for volunteers and parents of our participants to assist with the program if possible.
Pre-GED Program: The Pre-GED program is a bridge program that will prepare participants for the actual GED program. This program is available all year round for low income individuals. After completing this program at the North Shore Learning Center, participants will then be referred to the institutions that do the actual GED program.
Food Pantry: The food pantry takes place every Friday between the hours of 1 - 4pm for men and women ages 55+. A variety of food is offered for low income families in need. Food distribution is limited.
NYPD Community Engagement Program: The NYPD Community Engagement program focuses on getting the police to learn about the ingrained culture of the inner city families. It also helps kids who perceive the police to be adversarial to develop a camaraderie with them. The program takes place several times each year and is available for all members of the community.