Growing With Our Community for 25 Years

Our Mission

Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources, Inc. provides the highest quality childcare and  after-school programs plus academic, recreational and cultural activities for children, families and individuals who live or work in Lower Manhattan, regardless of income.  Our programs stimulate, challenge and strengthen children, teens, adults, seniors and families. Our services respond to the needs of our community; we are the only community-based organization serving these needs in Lower Manhattan.

Our History

Renowned as the financial center of the world, Lower Manhattan is rarely celebrated as the vital community of families, babies, toddlers and children of all ages that it is. Moreover, the well-being of our families is vital to the well-being of Lower Manhattan; to the office towers, large corporations, hundreds of small businesses, increasing numbers of cultural attractions and, by extension, to our city and nation. While average family income here is high, averages mask the extreme range of incomes and the needs of many Lower Manhattan families - needs that predate the devastation of 9/11, and that have grown since.

In the Beginning...
We were founded in 1986 when there were virtually no activities for youth in Lower Manhattan.

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Helping Our Community - 9/11
On September 11, 2001 Manhattan Youth responded quickly to tragic events that plunged Lower Manhattan into chaos.

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Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy
On October 29, 2012 Sandy had her way with our Center, destroying walls, ceilings and floors, and filling our Arts and Culture level with nearly 20 feet of standing salt water.

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Today and Tomorrow
In 26 years, we have grown from offering a weekend sports program to offering a schedule of nearly 500 classes and events per week across multiple facilities in Lower Manhattan.  

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We Care 

Manhattan Youth is Lower Manhattan's largest provider of quality childcare to families, regardless of thier ability to pay.
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