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Children ages 6-12 attend the year-round Hodori (Little Tigers) Program from 3-6pm everyday when school is in session, and for full days when school is not in session. Brought to the program by their parents or referred by school counselors, children engage in therapeutic, educational and recreational activities. Based on New York City's youth development framework, we provide holistic support to these children from mostly low-income families through creative enrichment activities and academic development programs that focus on building self-esteem, and improving communication and social skills.. Where applicable, children receive individual counseling on a short or longer-term basis.
Hodori parents are encouraged to interact with the staff regularly and attend monthly Parenting Education Workshops. Frequently, they seek counseling for themselves to cope with parenting, domestic violence, and other family issues. The Hodori Program is the only free after-school program for Korean American children in the community and because of the overwhelming need for it, there is presently a long waiting list.
This "big sister-big brother" program matches young clients ages 10-18 with an adult, typically a young professional or older college student, who provides friendship and guidance. Through careful recruitment and screening of potential mentors, youngsters are matched with caring individuals who serve as both friend and role model. These positive relationships enable the mentors to help their little brothers and sisters to broaden their interests, cope with identity issues, improve self-esteem and develop school and career goals.
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