Supporting a Strong Community
The Drew Hamilton Community Center is located at 220 West 143rd Street (between 7th Avenue and Frederick Douglass Blvd.) in Harlem.
The Community Center provides children and families with a place to call their own. Throughout the year, the Community Center brings residents together through fun educational activities, exciting cultural trips, and engaging programming. We work with neighborhood residents to develop programs that support families, children, and teens as they grow into the future leaders of the community.
Our FREE after-school program is available for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade each weekday between 2:30 and 6pm. Some of our most popular programs include homework help, a computer lab, arts and crafts, and cooking classes. No matter what kids choose, they always have fun and learn something new. We also offer programs during school holidays, on Saturdays, and on weekday evenings.
The summer in New York City is hot, but the Community Center gives kids ages 5-12 the opportunity to cool off at our summer camp. The camp is a free, full day of activities on our beautiful campus in Dobbs Ferry. The program includes fun activities like swimming lessons, slip n’ slides, basketball, kickball, and hiking. In addition, campers take field trips two times per week to amusement parks, museums, movie theaters, and other fun spots.
The teen program is the place to be on weekday evenings from 6 until 10pm. Teens ages 13-21 are welcome to come and make the Community Center their own by using our computer lab, relaxing in our game room, enjoying guest speakers and concerts, and much more.
Beginning in the fall of 2017, the Harlem Clemente Course in the Humanities will be offered to adults. The course is a series of five college-level classes offered free of charge to adult students in economic circumstances that made a college education otherwise inaccessible to them. Learn more by visiting harlemclemente.org.
The Center is operated in conjunction with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA).