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Program Areas

Building Community. Growing Leaders.

We provide a wide array of programs, services, and initiatives all aimed at helping youth and adults achieve education and economic success, secure healthy and affordable housing and develop leadership skills to transform their lives and community. Click the links below or the green boxes to learn more about each program area!

If you’re looking for a particular service, but don’t know the name of the program, head to the “How Can We Help You?” form so a program staff member can contact you directly! 


We provide vital career and education services to Cypress Hills’ residents, helping them develop and reach their educational and employment goals.

  • ​CHAMPION Network (Job training, placement and retention services)

  • HSE/GED (High School Equivalency preparation)

  • COACH (Paid internships for young adults)

  • SYEP (Summer work experience for young people)

  • Work Learn Grow (Career readiness and paid employment) 

  • Building East New York (Advanced Construction Training)

  • Building Works (Carpentry pre-apprenticeships)

  • Careers that Care (Healthcare Training)

  • Te@ch (Transportation Training)

  • PerScholas (Advanced IT Training)

  • Hot Bread Kitchen (Culinary Training)

  • Cypress Hills Business Partners (Merchants' Association for local businesses)

We help young adults and high school students in the community to apply to and enter college, and succeed once they get there.

  • College STEPS (individual counseling, group workshops, SAT prep classes, and college trips to high school students)

  • College Persistence Program (academic counseling, summer preparation programs, and group workshops about financial literacy, resume writing, and job readiness for current college students)

  • Student Success Center (college access counseling)

  • Community Schools (multi-faceted school-based resources for students and their families) 

  • Cesiah Toro Mullane Scholarship Fund (scholarship for two college-bound seniors)


We strive to increase affordable housing in Cypress Hills, and make Cypress Hills a healthier and more energy efficient community.

  • Cypress Hills Verde

    • Fresh Food Markets and Heathy Food Access

    • Urban Agriculture and Community Gardening

    • Small Homes Retrofit & Healthy Living

    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Affordable Housing Development (investment against displacement)

  • Manufacturing Development (development of safe and sustainable spaces)

  • East New York BASE (Basement Apartments Safe for Everyone, low- or no-cost loans to renovate basements into livable and affordable apartment)


The Cypress Hills East New York Community Center is a space where residents can receive our services such as workforce development training, adult education courses, and college counseling, and SNAP application assistance. We also offer music and arts programming for youth, and fitness activities for community members of all ages. 

We provide youth with fun, safe recreational activities, help them reach their educational and employment goals and develop as active community members.


We are committed to empowering residents of all ages as leaders in the issues that impact their lives. We offer organizing services for local students, tenants and issues impacting the community.

  • Rezone Organizing (advocacy for both safe and affordable housing, displacement protections, living-wage jobs and better services for our community

  • ​​Future of Tomorrow (student peer mediation; professional development for teachers in restorative justice; and working with school safety agents to implement youth development practices)

  • Cease and Desist Campaign (advocating for the end of predatory house-flipping in Cypress Hills/East New York)

  • Voting Information

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We offer educational workshops and counseling for homeowners facing mortgage default.

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