We were founded in 1986 when there was virtually nothing for youth to do in Lower Manhattan. We have grown into a multi-service agency offering one of the largest day camp programs in New York, seven after school programs serving 1,200 school kids every day, and a bustling community center with sports, a swimming pool, diverse cultural programs, academic support and more.
We've always been advocates for our community - we helped establish Hudson River Park, new Lower Manhattan public schools, and the Downtown Giants, Soccer and Little Leagues. We inaugurated our Manhattan Youth After-School Programs when our community's first public elementary school opened in 1989. We leased pool facilities in 1991 for our first Aquatics Program including swim lessons, family and senior swim programs, and in 1992 we began our Downtown Day Camps to give kids of working families full days of great activities during the summer. In 1995 we leased and renovated the derelict Pier 25 to be an outdoor recreation site, and by 2001 we were serving 20,000 people a year at Pier 25 and operating after-school programs in all four existing Lower Manhattan public elementary and middle schools.
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Manhattan Youth is Lower Manhattan's largest provider of quality childcare to families, regardless of thier ability to pay.