SJSD Offers Sign Language Classes
The Fall semester will begin soon! Please check back for more information or contact us at ASL@SJSDNY.ORG
Our After School program takes place weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, January through May. Students start the afternoon off with a healthy snack and are given help with their homework by the after school staff. The students are then sent to their classes; they enjoy a variety of classes including, cooking, photography, ASL storytelling, literacy, gym and computer. Literacy and computer classes work cooperatively on both days to motivate students to creatively express their ideas through various media.
If you would like to make a donation to support the After School Program please send it to the St. Joseph's Children's Fund at:
1000 Hutchinson River Parkway, Bronx, NY 10465
The primary purpose of the Kips Bay Boys' and Girls' Club is to enhance the quality of life for all young people. Our students are active participants in the after-school recreational program.
At the club, deaf and hearing children interact with one another while supervised by SJSD staff members. The students enjoy activities such as basketball, swimming, ping pong, pool, computer, arts and crafts and rollerskating. Students who range in age from 9-14, attend Monday through Thursday from 3:30-6:00. The children are then driven home in the St. Joseph's School van. The program assists the student's potential for growth and development of skills necessary to live and succeed in a complex environment. For more information contact Annie Diaz. To visit the clubhouse's website, click here.
Established in 1989, Rhinelander’s Saturday Program remains the only free, recreational weekend program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Teens in New York City. All Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and teens, ages 5-20, in New York City, are invited to participate.
Saturday Program Philosophy
Many of the young people in the Saturday Program come from schools in which they are mainstreamed. Some are the only Deaf or Hard of Hearing people in their schools. This may lead to a sense of isolation and a feeling of being "different." Other Saturday Program participants attend schools for the Deaf where sign language is used, but they have no family members or friends who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. In each situation, these young people do not have sufficient opportunities to interact with their Deaf and Hard of Hearing Peers during leisure time.
The Saturday Program provides a great environment for these young people to play and learn with others like themselves. The camaraderie and sense of belonging that is gained through the Saturday Program helps participants build self-confidence and social skills. A number of the Saturday Program staff are Deaf themselves. These adults serve as role models and mentors for the young people in the program.
If you would like more information about enrolling your St. Joseph's student in the Rhinelander program, email Chris Needham at CNeedham@sjsdny.org
For more information and an application, click here: Childrens Aid Society Application