Referrals to Grantees

Most of our grantees accept referrals of potential clients whom they may be able to serve, according to the following guidelines, which have been updated in June or July 2017.

Association to Benefit Children
Early Childhood Education – for children 0-5 years old, including Early Head Start, Head Start, Special Education, and Universal Pre-Kindergarten. Priority is given to children of families with very low income living in East Harlem and surrounding neighborhoods who have developmental disabilities/delays, have histories of domestic violence, are involved in child welfare, are recent immigrants with limited proficiency in English, or are homeless or formerly homeless, medically fragile, or emotionally distressed.
Referral Procedure: Contact Mary Ellen Rooney at 646-459-6028 or
Diana Vasquez-Spiegler at 212-845-3851
Early Intervention – center-based and home-based services for children 0-2 years old who have developmental disabilities/delays. Priority is given to families with low income who either live in East Harlem and surrounding neighborhoods or who are affected by HIV/AIDS.
Referral Procedure: Contact Chrissy Miller at 212-369-2010 or
Christina Gould at 212-426-3960.
Youth Services – all school-aged children living within the 10035 and 10029 zip codes are eligible, but priority is given to children who are homeless or in foster care, are involved in the juvenile justice system, or who have an incarcerated parent or other family member.
Referral Procedure: Contact Jessica Casanova at 646-459-6176.
Mental Health Services – Fast Break Mobile Mental Health Clinic accepts all referrals and prioritizes children based on need and insurance carrier. The Mobile Crisis Team provides immediate crisis intervention.
Referral Procedure: Contact Blacina Liceaga at 646-459-6165.
Preventive Services – Services to families in East Harlem who are at risk of child abuse/neglect, especially families with children 0-5 years old who have experienced trauma.
Referral Procedure: Contact Sam Acevedo at 646-459-6099.
Family Support Services – Services to struggling and often isolated East Harlem families in need of support and connection. All parents from the community are welcome to register for classes. Children of all ages are welcome at the Saturday Program, which is first come, first served, and at capacity every week.
Referral Procedure: Contact Paula Toribio at 646-459-6149.
Avenues for Justice (formerly Andrew Glover Youth Program)
Court Advocacy, Preventive Programs at two Community Centers, Counseling, Educational Tutoring, Recreational Programs, and Job Readiness.
Who is eligible? Youthful offenders and at-risk youths, ages 13-22, from Lower East Side and East Harlem.
Referral Procedure: Contact the Executive Director, Angel Rodriguez, or a court advocate, at 212-349-6388.
Ballet Tech Foundation
Tuition-free ballet training.
Who is eligible? NYC public-school children, 8-18 years old, with natural ability to excel in dance, no prior training necessary.
Referral Procedure: Children can attend an open audition; visit for details.
Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
Services Provided: All services are available only to PSOT clients. To become a client, one must complete a brief in-person or telephonic screening to determine whether he or she is eligible for the program, and then must complete a comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessment. After this, the interdisciplinary treatment team determines whether the person is accepted to PSOT or referred to another agency in NYC that is a better fit for his or her needs. PSOT clients have access to services provided at PSOT as well as to services provide throughout Bellevue Hospital and at PSOT’s partner programs throughout NYC. PSOT services include psychiatric care, primary medical care, individual and group psychotherapy, social service support, English classes, clothing donations, immigration support, art therapy, yoga, and dental care (through affiliation with the NYU College of Dentistry). In Bellevue Hospital, clients have access to Medicaid and NYS insurance enrollment, specialized medical care, emergency psychiatric care, substance-abuse treatment, HIV wrap-around care, crime-victim services, and family therapy. At other NYC programs clients have access to refugee benefits, employment readiness and placement, public benefits, ESL classes, education support, job training, food pantries and soup kitchens, pro bono legal services, and temporary housing.
Who is eligible? Residents of the NYC greater metropolitan area who are 18 years old or older and who are survivors of torture, war trauma, or other human rights abuses, and members of their families.
Referral Procedure: Anyone can refer a potential client, and potential clients can selfrefer by calling the PSOT Intake Coordinator at 212-562-8713. On this call a brief screening will be conducted to determine likely eligibility for the program. If the person seems eligible, his or her name will be put on a waiting list for an intake interview to determine whether the person is accepted to the program. If the person is not accepted, other programs will be recommended.
Breakthrough New York
Middle-school support, high-school placement, tutoring, SAT preparation, college guidance and support.
Who is eligible? High-achieving, low-income sixth graders in NYC public schools.
Referral Procedure: Contact Chaztery Cruz, at 917-258-3466 or [email protected], in December or January.
Children of Promise
After-school programs, summer day-camp, mentoring, and mental health services.
Who is eligible? Children living in Bedford-Stuyvesant, 6-18 years old, who have an incarcerated parent or other close relative, as well as their caregivers and family members
Referral Procedure: Call 718-483-9290, extension 302.
Fresh Youth Initiatives
Middle-school programs, both after-school and camp, focus on first generation youth, providing academic support, recreation, arts, and service learning, as well as assistance in navigating the transition from middle school to high school. High-school programs focus intensively on leadership and student activism, and on the transition from high school to college.
Who is eligible? 6th – 12th grade boys and girls.
Referral Procedure: Contact Jeremiah Roman at 212-781-1113, ext. 224, for middle school programs, or Yvette Gonzales at 212-781-1113, ext. 223. for high-school programs.
The GO Project
Academic and social-emotional support – for at-risk NYC public-school students and their families.
Who is eligible? Under-resourced public-school students who live in Manhattan, south of 14th Street, who are performing below grade level in at least one core subject (English-language arts or mathematics).
Referral Procedure: Access an application form at
Legal Outreach
Academic enrichment and skill-development programs.
Who is eligible? Eighth-grade students from under-served communities in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, or Queens.
Referral Procedure: Apply in January or February through