Youth Education

At SoBRO, we believe that all youth can succeed by cultivating their individual strengths and forming supportive relationships with peers and mentors. Through programs specifically tailored for at-risk youth, SoBRO provides opportunities for young individuals to enhance their academic, career, and leadership skills. Our programs focus on:

SoBRO offers daytime and after-school basic education courses to both elementary, middle and high school students. Our programs engage students by applying math, reading and writing skills to creative endeavors, such as drafting a budget for a film project or writing an article for a magazine. We also provide full-time college advisors, SAT prep courses, scholarships and excursions to various universities around the country.

SoBRO introduces high school students to a range of career fields by offering internships, inviting guest speakers from various industries and involving students in industry-related activities –such as music production, graphic design and journalism. We also offer training in business-relevant software programs and ensure that all of our students have full access to computer labs.

SoBRO offers a number of theme-based arts courses that foster creative development and meaningful self-expression. Programs include film production, dance, photography and poetry, among others subjects.

Our leadership building activities promote teamwork and develop students’ self-confidence. SoBRO encourages youth to participate in decision-making roles, including serving on SoBRO’s Youth Council and becoming team leaders in class activities.

Community Service
SoBRO integrates basic education and community service into rewarding service learning activities, such as neighborhood beautification, public service videos, and helping the homeless.

School-Based Programs

Theme-Based After-School Programs
SoBRO’s theme‐based after‐school programs teach young people academic, workplace, leadership, and life skills within the context of engaging projects. Themes include music and video production, journalism and creative writing, health and wellness, life sciences, visual and performing arts, and more.

Learning to Work Program
SoBRO operates the Learning to Work Program at the Crotona Academy High School in the Bronx. The students in the Academy come from low‐income families and are over‐aged and under‐credited, needing special attention in order to realize future academic and career endeavors. At Crotona Academy, SoBRO services students with individual counseling, weekly group meetings, career counseling, attendance outreach, and college advising.

Out-of-School Programs: YouthBuild

YouthBuild is a global, pre-apprenticeship program that helps at-risk youth from ages 17-24 to obtain their high school equivalency and go on to develop skills and knowledge to obtain industry-recognized job credentials, apprenticeships, and employment. Young adults come here to learn skills that will help them get and retain jobs in a competitive field. They are also gaining firsthand experience in teamwork and leadership development.

The SoBro Transformation Academy extends YouthBuild and is a full-time comprehensive alternative education, workforce, and leadership development community-based program for young adults ages 17-24 who have not completed high school. The Transformation Academy provides a community safe space and access to the resources necessary to transform lives.

To enroll in SoBro YouthBuild Bronx or find out more information, contact Jacqueline Guzman via email  or 718-732-7618. To learn more about the YouthBuild Program, visit YouthBuild USA’s website .

To enroll in SoBro YouthBuild Harlem, come to 669 Lenox Avenue, 1st Fl New York, NY 10037  or contact Keturah Pelle 646-230-0579 or via email

Summer Programs

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
The program provides seven weeks of entry-level work experience throughout the summer.  The deadline has passed for 2018 enrollment. The enrollment application for 2019 will begin April 2109. All New York City residents between the ages of 14 and 24 on July 1, 2019 are eligible to apply.  In 2017, SoBRO matched 1,000 students with internships through this program.

Hydrant Education Action Team  (HEAT) Program
Funded by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, HEAT educates community residents and stakeholders about the problems surrounding the illegal use of fire hydrants. Young people who participate in HEAT are funded as summer youth workers through the Department of Youth and Community Development. The students, who are between the ages of 14 and 21, work in teams, each with a supervisor who will plan the group’s activities.



SoBRO’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the South Bronx by strengthening businesses and creating innovative economic, housing, educational, and career development programs for youth and adults.

[ See More ]


SoBRO is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible in full or in part.

[ See More ]

Contact Us

  • 718-292-3113

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

© 2014 South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation. SoBRO is registered trademark in the United States of America.
SoBRO is an equal opportunity employer/program.