“I take part in THE POINT’s programs because I grew up in the area and saw my brothers and sister go and have fun there. I continue to go because THE POINT is like home. They treat you like family, never any problems there-- if anything, you go there to express yourself and get help for any problems you may have.” - Summer Camp PowerPOINT 2016 Participant
THE POINT would like to extend its warmest wishes and gratitude to our family of supporters this Holiday Season. Your help and financial contribution are, as always, crucial to the success of our youth and the future of our community. In now our twenty-second year, we feel it is more important than ever for THE POINT to maintain its commitment to the vital progress that has been made against poverty and inequality in the South Bronx. Although THE POINT is located in one of the two poorest Congressional Districts in the entire United States, we have continuously demonstrated the power of youth development, arts, education, culture and environmental justice to provide positive solutions to the issues we face on a daily basis. It is through the talents, aspirations and creativity of our residents, especially our youth, that so much has been possible.

At THE POINT, we serve over 500 youth a week via our arts and advocacy approach to youth development. Whether After-School Literacy for our youngest members, Social Circus  workshops with teens, or A.C.T.I.O.N. teen community organizers, THE POINT aims to creatively engage young to becoming movement builders. Our award-winning arts programming include Blank Plate Culinary Arts, Music Ensemble and Digital Production, and for the first-time ever a Portfolio Development Workshop series, amongst many others free activities. As when we first opened our doors, we work closely with our participants to create a safe space for youth to explore roles as urban stewards and farmers, concerned photographers, muralists, hackers, peer educators, actors, graphic designers, dancers and more!  

This time of the year we always have the pleasure of reconnecting with our alumni who continue to succeed throughout the world as educators, activists and artists. We take great pride in celebrating these accomplishments with you, and wish to continue to count on you to be catalysts of positive change in Hunts Point alongside us. Join us as we continue to nurture the next generation of artists and activists looking to creatively revitalize their community.

To make a tax-deductible gift to THE POINT CDC click HERE! From THE POINT family, thank you for supporting the present and future leaders of New York City!
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A.C.T.I.O.N. leads Teen Summit at Hyde Leadership Academy on the Heels of Sheridan Expressway De-Commissioning - We are proud to announce that this year’s Sheridan Campaign Teen Summit was held at Hyde Leadership Charter School, where our A.C.T.I.O.N. participants and partners took over the school for the day! The experience that was created for over 350 students featured workshops from local partners in areas as diverse as urban farming and stop and frisk, as well as visioning sessions for the conversion of the Sheridan Expressway.
During 2016, our A.C.T.I.O.N. members also received the news that the Sheridan Expressway had finally been marked for de-commissioning by Governor Cuomo’s office! The $97M allotment to turn the underutilized section of highway into a boulevard with enhanced access to our waterfront parks and additional green space is the culmination of over 20 years of efforts by youth and families. Although this announcement is a step in the right direction, our youth will continue to work hard in order to hold NY State accountable to the completion of this project.
From Participants to Staff - This fall THE POINT has taken steps to deepen our mission by hiring program alumni to positions in our programs. A.C.T.I.O.N. alumni Dawn Ortiz and Darius Davis are now working as Youth Program Assistants in our After School Program. They will be joining ICP at THE POINT alumni Alicia Clarke, (who has spent the past 15 years with the program, first as a participant and then as the co-coordinator) in enhancing our after school offering to our youngest participants. We are also fortunate to have Isabel Figueroa join our team as our new Youth Programs Coordinator, after a successful stint as ICP @ THE POINT Instructor for the past 5 years. Join us in celebrating their further commit to the Hunts Point community.
Village of Murals - Spring 2016 was an exciting time for THE POINT’s commitment to revitalization via arts and culture.  We were pleased to host native American Arizona-based muralist Douglas Mile’s project “Fort Apache”, on our main campus walls on Garrison Avenue. Part community intervention and part mural design and workshop, Douglas was able to directly engage several dozen people during his 2-week residency that culminated in an exhibit in late June. Douglas, himself an Apache, created an amazing 100 foot mural depicting large-scale faces of native people with the words emblazoned “Fort Apache” across the top. His attempt to connect both communities, Apache residents in Arizona and local Bronx residents who lived through the “Fort Apache” years of policing in the South Bronx, was a resounding success that keeps paying back in the happy faces who view and take selfies by the mural on a regular basis.

Summer Camp PowerPOINT 2016 - This past summer, 65 youth from 14-21 years old took part in a Summer Camp PowerPOINT experience that was equal parts arts and leadership, environmental stewardship and community outreach. Working in teams of a dozen students with a lead teaching artist, participants created final products benefiting the community in various mediums including Music Ensemble and Production, Filmmaking, A.C.T.I.O.N. (Activists Coming to Inform Our Neighborhood), Visual Arts and Social Circus. In all, participants came out with a greater sense of themselves and their community.  As quoted in evaluation by one of our students, youth learned “that it’s okay to speak up when something is bothering you, and also to help other people when they can’t speak up for themselves”.
Free Community Wi-fi - Working alongside RISE/New America, local businesses and families, THE POINT has recently began a Hunts Point Community Wi-fi project to bring free wifi service to our beloved peninsula and provide solution to the digital divide that currently exists within the Hunts Point community. This initiative will blanket the neighborhood with wifi nodes giving hundreds of families a reprieve on their monthly wifi bills. This project will also train and pay a dozen local youth to install and maintain the mesh network as well as to administer the www.huntspoint.nyc website.
Open Hydrant Theater Company - Open Hydrant Theater Company, the award-winning equity-based theater company working out of our Live From the Edge continues to wow audiences with their well-attended live performances. This past year alone, Open Hydrant hosted over a dozen stage shows including their Short Play Festival, Hairspray, and even an appearance at Futurefest at 54 Below. Aside from working with actors of all ages, their debate team made up of students from Democracy Prep have swept national speech and debate competitions from Yale to Hofstra Universities and everywhere in-between. Join us in celebrating the amazing accomplishments of these young savants as they represent the Bronx on their championship travels!