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Location: Richard S. Grossley JHS 8 Campus
108-35 12th Ave., Jamaica, New York 11433
Contact number: 718.206.4087 Ext. 260
Email address: beaconcenter@sqpa.org

Our Beacon Program is located in South Jamaica Queens, Community Board 12. As per the Beacon contract, this program focuses on the service of the surrounding areas of CB 12, including the service of grades K-12 during the after-school program, and services for adults 18 years of age and older during the evening program. The SQPA Beacon services participants from 18 feeder schools in addition to the schools inside Richard S. Grossley JHS 8 Campus are The New Preparatory Middle School 8, The Emerson Schools, and York Early College Academy (YECA), Merrick Academy, Riverton Charter School Street, I.S. 72, 238; P.S. 140, 40, 178, 15, 116, 48, 176, August Martin HS, Francis Lewis HS, Martin Van Buren HS, Bayside HS, Springfield Gardens HS, and Campus Magnet HS.

The SQPA Beacon Program is designed to function as a community center – a place for members of South Jamaica and neighboring communities to congregate in a safe environment. It is a goal of the SQPA Beacon to address the needs, concerns, and desires of the community by maintaining year-round programs and offering an array of activities. The programs that we seek to provide are a direct outgrowth of local neighborhood input. We collaborate with residents and organizations that will positively impact our adults and children.

The Beacon program has been in existence since 1991 and the community school since 2015. Beacons operate Mondays to Fridays from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M., Saturdays 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Sundays 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., and school holidays during the school year and summer (8:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M.) to provide year-long comprehensive opportunities, services, and supports. We serve 1300 participants from Kindergarten to elderly (6-100+)

The SQPA Beacon offers adult programs and after school programs, and provides facilities for local community use. Activities that are presented to youth, children, and adults include a mix of social services, recreational, educational, and vocational activities, health education and referrals, and the opportunity for community meetings and social activities. Our Beacon offers young people the opportunity to develop a sense of social connection through participation in positive group activities, ranging from sports and drama groups to entrepreneurial training and community service. Programs employ a neighborhood approach to community service. There is a neighborhood approach to programming so that the specific combination of services and activities at any Beacon uniquely responds to neighborhood needs and interests. Each program is strongly committed to developing a volunteer base and the leveraging of non-governmental support for youth.

Program Core Services

  • Academic Enrichment
    Tutoring, homework assistance, and reading clubs
  • Life Skills
    Designed to increase personal responsibility, self-esteem, and confidence
  • Career Awareness/School-to-Work Transition
    Career exploration workshops to help transition from middle school to high school
  • Civic Engagement / Community Building
    Designed to strengthen leadership skills & responsibility
  • Recreational/Health & Fitness
    Designed to promote healthy lifestyles
  • Culture & Art
    Provides opportunities to express themselves via music, dance, and drama