The DOME Project was started in 1973 on the belief that young people when given the opportunity to succeed have the potential to do so. The DOME Project served and continues to serve as a supportive and transformative step to allow youth to take advantage of alternative educational services they can participate in to bring a bigger reality into their perspective; one in which they can actualize their goals.
The DOME, an acronym for Developing Opportunities through Meaningful Education has since dedicated itself to meeting the complex needs of young people in trouble with the law, their schools, and themselves. For over forty years, The DOME has built a staff and services network that has successfully helped thousands of young people to succeed and develop the necessary skills to regain a sense of self-worth and prepare for success in their education and beyond.
Currently we have three key programs: Bridge to Success, College Access Initiative, Westside Neighborhood Commons.
Our Bridge to Success Program is an extraordinarily successful and cost-effective effort that has kept thousands of young offenders from repeat criminal activity and prevented thousands of at-risk youths from ever becoming involved in crime. It costs NYS $283,000 each year to incarcerate a young person. So far this year, through the Bridge to Success program The DOME Project has saved the state over $13,000,000. The program serves as a unifying source of support to youngsters through counseling, court advocacy, supervision, and assistance with educational, vocational, mental health, housing, and substance abuse placement.
We took our years long expertise in community and educational development and started The College Access Initiative Program to serve as a college guidance office for the students in two public high schools in the area: The High School of Art Imagination and Inquiry (HSAII) and Brandeis High School. The Interactive College and Career Program serves over 200 students annually and provides direct assistance to the students of these two high schools in the college application process that they would otherwise not have access or exposure to.
And finally, our partnership with Stryker’s Bay Westside Neighborhood Commons serves as a hub for programs that help the UWS community resident access opportunities for personal growth and community empowerment. The Commons operates out of a DeHostos Community Center part of the New York City Housing Authority as a space for 150 students and families annually to engage in cross-cultural exchange that creates opportunities for giving and sharing across diverse populations in the community. More specifically the West Side Neighborhood Commons intervenes in the lives of youth at early stages and offers academic support and expanded learning opportunities for children in primary, middle and high school levels.
With your support we can position The DOME Project and our programs as the cornerstone for the Upper-Westside neighborhood development.