El Puente Beacon Leadership Center at Middle School 50 opened in 1998. It is a multifaceted comprehensive program that runs year round and serves approximately 1,300 participants that include children, teens and adults. El Puente’s Beacon program is recognized as a citywide model with a focus on leadership development, arts for social change and academic enhancement through El Puente’s signature Membership model for youth development that focuses on holistic leadership development, mentoring, and project based service learning. The Center offers a comprehensive bilingual
afterschool program for primarily middle schools students, with a particular focus on high school transition for youth and their parents, and an evening teen program that includes a PAL Teen Impact Basketball program and break dancing. For adult members the program offers ESL and Spanish GED classes as well as Salsa classes. A special feature of the Beacon program is its pre-professional Saturday Arts Academy for youth 6-13. Classes include ballet, street jazz, acting, breaking and visual arts. The Beacon also runs a comprehensive skills based pre-professional summer arts day camp for youth ages 6-13.
Throughout the year El Puente’s Beacon Leadership Center hosts numerous special events, arts showcases, cultural celebrations, community forums and workshops that focus on social services support /civic engagement such as immigration, health and wellness and voter participation.
Beacon Leadership Center @ M.S. 50 Information:
183 South 3rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
Ages: 6 - 19 & adults
Hours: Mon-Fri, 3p - 6p (ages 6-15), 6p-9p (ages 15-19 & adults)
Activities: Ages 6-15: homework help, visual arts, drama, dance (ballet, breakdance), health and wellness support, percussion, leadership training and community action projects.
Ages 15-19: basketball and dance
Adults: ESL/Spanish GED, dance and fitness classes