Education & Youth Development


Individuals served

Through Beacon & Cornerstone Community Centers in 2020



of Leading to College participants

Passed their college-level courses in 2020


Collectively earned

By Work Learn & Grow participants

Strong educational programs for young people and adults mean individuals, families, and neighborhoods can thrive. In 2018, CAMBA served 20,052 New Yorkers with adult and youth education and development programs.

  • 73% of our adult education participants moved to a higher level in the National Reporting System (NRS) for Adult Education when tested following literacy classes.
  • Low-income students in our college access programs become the first in their families to enroll and attend college. In 2018, Leading to College students earned 48 total college credits in their senior year of high school. 77% percent of students in our Collegiate Express program completed internships and together earned $30,500.
  • High school students, those at risk of dropping out, or over-age and under-credited individuals attain their diplomas through programs that provide academic coaching and family support.
  • 2,395 elementary and middle school students attended our after school enrichment programs and summer camps.  We focus on fun learning. Teachers reported improvements in middle-schoolers’ problem-solving and skills development after they participated in a robotics program at one of our community centers.
  • In 2018, we connected 1,424 young people, ages 14 to 24, to the Summer Youth Employment Program, providing them with critical opportunities to acquire work experience – they collectively earn more than $2.6 million. One hundred percent of 14- to 15-year-olds in the program completed financial literacy education.
  • 11,986 community members of all ages participated in events at our nine NYCHA Cornerstone Community Centers and four Beacon Community Centers.

Because 65% of jobs will soon require a two- or four-year degree, CAMBA’s education and youth development programs will continue to stress academic achievement and career readiness to ensure adults and young people can reach their full potential.