New Heights’ core program, College Bound, integrates education, athletics and leadership development to help 200 young student-athletes, in grades six through twelve, develop the skills they need to be successful in high school, college and life. College Bound provides academic support services and positive sports experiences to help them gain access to top high schools and colleges. It consists of three smaller programs:
- High School Assist, which helps sixth through eighth grade student-athletes succeed in middle school and leverage that success to gain admission to an excellent college preparatory high school.
- College Assist, which provides our high school student-athletes with the individual support necessary to be successful in high school and to prepare for college.
- Student-Athlete Summer Academy – The Summer Academy provides High School Assist student-athletes with intensive academic, athletic and leadership development through a full-day five-week program which is intended to build confidence and athletic ability while preventing the learning loss that often accompanies summer break.
In addition to our core College Bound program, New Heights also runs Saturday Skills, which serves up to an additional 150 young people at two different school sites. Saturday Skills is a community-based initiative that is open to all New York City youth and consists of a 18-week schedule of basketball clinics which couples basketball skills with life skills each week (i.e. ‘passing and decision making; rebounding and determination).