Horizons Academy/Youth Workforce Development

If you know a tenth to 12th grader at Abraham Lincoln High School in Coney Island who is at risk of dropping out of school, the Horizons Academy can help. JCCGCI’s Horizons Academy program provides academic and moral support to improve graduation rates for low-income, at-risk students at this school. Services are available in Russian as well as English.

The program provides services to keep students in school and to prepare them for college and careers. Program elements include:

  • A school attendance component that raises participants attendance to 90%
  • Afterschool homework tutoring
  • Study/testing taking/SAT preparation, which raises standardized test scores by 20%
  • One on one and small group college counseling
  • Unlimited access to guidance counselors and other support staff
  • Use of a high tech computer lab during regular school hours

By involving the school guidance counselors, who have full access to student records, we have a very clear picture of student needs when creating their individualized service strategies.

Almost all of the students served obtain internships during the school year as part of our ‘Go To School, Get a Job’ Program as well as receiving Summer Employment Program internships.

Outstanding Outcomes
The Horizons Academy program has excellent outcomes.  Among participating students, 90% graduate on time—compared with a New York City graduation rate of 70%. Over 85 percent of the students who graduate go on to college the fall after graduation and 90 percent of those who start college remain in school the following semester.

Getting a Student Involved
Recruiting for this school-based program is done at Abraham Lincoln High School, through the school guidance counselors. For further information on the Horizons program please see this Powerpoint Presentation or call 718-449-5000 ext 2238 or email m.sperling@jccgci.org.


JCCGCI thanks the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Pinkerton Foundation for funding the Horizons Academy /Workforce Development Program. 

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities (TDD/TTY: 800-662-1220). 


"Marissa Sperling and other personnel, ….. have earned the respect and trust of our students and staff. I am impressed with the level of professionalism of the organization and the quality of their team"

Ari Hoogenboom, Principal / Abraham Lincoln High School