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Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey Inc, is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the New York City Metropolitan area.
The youth services division of Goodwill Industries serves over 11,000 youth and their families. The main goal for Goodwill is to "enhance the quality and dignity of life for individuals, families and communities" The Beacon program addresses the critical need for young people to have a safe and structured environment which serves as cornerstones of stability and opportunity in their neighborhoods.
Beacons are school-based community centers serving children, youth, and adults. There are currently 80 Beacons located throughout New York City, operating in the afternoons and evenings, on weekends, during school holidays, vacation periods,and during the summer.
Beacon 141 is one of the four Beacon programs managed by the Youth Services Division of Goodwill Industries. Goodwill also operates two satellite centers which are housed in New York City Housing Developments in Brooklyn. Operating from
Intermediate School 141, the central purpose of this program is to provide its participants with a safe haven full of unique opportunities. In a safe and loving
environment, we stress the total development of an individual, intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. This school based community program offers free services to elementary, middle and high school students as well as adults.
Located primarily in intermediate and middle schools, Beacon represents a commitment to ensuring the presence of positive supports for youth and families in the evening and on weekends in neighborhoods where residents are working to build and maintain
community life. The Beacon Initiative addresses the critical need for young people to have safe a structured environment during the hours they are not in school.
By dramatically increasing the number of hours in which positive activities are offered to young people, the Beacon seeks to support youth in developing positive attitudes towards family, friendship, community service and achievement.
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