Mission & Vision


As a regional affiliate of Horizons National, Horizons New York City’s mission is to promote educational equity in the New York metropolitan area by implementing critical summer and out-of-school programs that serve under-resourced communities. We focus on a sustained commitment to our students to ensure that they have opportunities, skills, and confidence to fulfill their potential in both school, and life.


In partnership with our host schools, our program model utilizes social-emotional, experiential learning techniques and time-tested methods to offset summer learning losses and maintain grade-level or above expectations. Beginning with free six-week K – 8 summer enrichment programs, we help students find joy in learning, gain confidence, expand horizons, and develop resilience. Year after year, our students return to engage in programs that include academics, the arts, swimming, field trips, and high school and college prep. A professional staff of teachers, counselors, and social workers develops powerful long-term relationships that serve as an enduring community of support for students and their families. 


All of our students qualify for free or reduced school lunches according to Federal guidelines. During enrollment, we emphasize the value of continued participation in the program and aim for a diversity of learning levels, with two-thirds
performing below grade level and one-third performing at or above grade level. Based on pre- and post-
testing evaluations, Horizons students typically gain 2 – 3 months in learning by the end of each
summer, allowing them to start the school year at or above grade level and avoid the
harmful effects of cumulative summer learning losses.