Taylor Wythe Leadership Center

In 2008 El Puente was asked to develop a youth/community development program at NYCHA’s Taylor – Wythe Houses, as part of DYCD’s Cornerstone Initiative.  Since then, El Puente’s Leadership Center at Taylor-Wythe has emerged as a powerful “bridge” builder among the diverse Latino, African American and Hasidic residents of those NYCHA houses.
Creatively utilizing the full potential of the Center’s facility, the leadership staff has created a vibrant youth/community leadership development program that includes a comprehensive bilingual afterschool program for elementary and middle school children and an evening teen program focused on education enrichment, arts and sports. All programs integrate El Puente’s signature Membership model for youth development that focuses on holistic leadership development, mentoring and project based service learning. In 2011, through the efforts of DYCD, NIKE retrofitted the Center’s gym with a new floor and basketball hoops (donated from their 2010 “World Basketball” festival) and a mural designed and painted by El Puente members and staff as well as NIKE and DYCD volunteers. The ‘new gym’ was inaugurated with an event that included DYCD Commissioner Jeanne Mullgrav, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Knicks superstar Amar'e Stoudemire. Currently, the Center has a citywide championship Basketball team, and hosts a youth and adult Brooklyn soccer league.
The Center runs programs year round and offers a comprehensive youth day camp program (ages 6-12) during the summer. It also hosts special events, arts showcases, cultural celebrations, community forums and workshops focused on social service support/civic engagement such as immigration, health and wellness and voter participation.
Leadership Center @ Taylor-Wythe Houses Information:
80 Clymer Street Brooklyn, NY 11211

Ages: 6 - 19 & adults
Hours: Mon-Fri, 3p - 6p (ages 6-13), 6p-10p (ages 13-21 & adults)
Activities: Ages 6-13: homework help, visual art, percussion, health and wellness support, leadership training and community action projects
Ages 13-19: basketball, fitness, homework help/tutoring, visual arts; Adults: basketball