The Bronx Institute Awarded 1.1 Million Dollar Grant for Innovative BOOST After-School Program

February 19, 2015 2:11 pm Bronx Institute, Community Outreach, Middle and High School Education Dept


Dr. Hermino Martinez, Executive Director of the Bronx Institute.

The Bronx Institute at Lehman College launch of the new BOOST program (Bronx Opportunities Out-of School Time) offers 90 Bronx middle school students a rich opportunity to explore  potential interests, ranging from zoology to television broadcasting.These BOOST students all attend the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice.

New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) awarded the Bronx Institute a four-year grant for $1,092,000 for the BOOST program. BOOST provides students help with homework, anti-bullying workshops, career counseling and after school instruction in STEM subjects, writing, theatre arts and dance. The program operates weekday afternoons for approximately three hours a day, five days per week during the school year.

BOOST will include trips and learning experiences at The Bronx Zoo, The New York Botanical Garden and BronxNet. Students will visit mulitple CUNY two-year and four-year colleges; an opportunity to learn about each schools most compelling majors and its admission requirements.

At The Bronx Zoo and Botanical Garden, participating students will attend lectures about zoology, climatology, botany and horticulture. BOOST instructors will prepare them for these trips with related science-themed activities.

Potential future broadcasters will get a chance to develop their communications skills through participation in extensive programming at BronxNet.

“The programs goals include fostering academic, social, and emotional competencies,”  said Iwan Notowidigdo, director of sustainability at the The Bronx Institute. “It also provides opportunities to explore their interests and creativity.”

BOOST uses  School’s Out New York City (SONYC) the innovative DYCD after school program for middle school students offering instruction that goes beyond the traditional and also provides rigorous instruction in sports and arts.

“The institute is very grateful to the DCYD for giving us the funds to work with these promising students,” said Professor Hermino Martinez, executive director of the Bronx Institute and a faculty member in The Department of Middle and High School Education. “These students have a lot of potential and we can make a big difference in their lives.”