The Academy for Youth administers four school-based Beacon Community Centers: Crown Heights Beacon at PS 138, the Flatbush Beacon at Parkside Prep Academy, the Oasis Beacon at IS 323, and the Progressive Youth Empowerment Beacon (PYE) at PS 181 serving Grades 1-12. Activities include homework help, academic enrichment, conflict mediation/resolution, community service, project based clubs, recreation, and cultural activities. They also offer free high school equivalency General Educational Development (GED) classes for community residents. In addition students receive vocational and college counseling, financial aid counseling, and scholarship information.
The Cornerstone community centers provide youth, ages 5 through 21, academic enrichment, homework help, access to recreational activities and computers, arts and crafts services and much more. The centers benefit adults by providing workforce skills, including resume writing, interviewing techniques and job exploration strategies. Tenants are exposed to cultural, community and civic engagement activities and offered General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction. The Cornerstone initiative will be modeled after the Department of Youth and Community Development Beacon Center, of which Medgar Evers College has over twenty years of experience.