The Uptown Hub is a space for 14-24 year olds in Washington Heights and Inwood to act, create, and inspire growth within themselves and their communities. By promoting positive and healthy futures, the Uptown Hub empowers members to develop self-advocacy and pursue their dreams by connecting with holistic and culturally-affirming services and resources.
We offer games, movies, art, health services, counseling, job training, self-care & wellness, and tutoring.
- To cultivate a community that facilitates the engagement and retention of young people in employment and educational opportunities, as well as participation in wellness, creative youth development, and recreational programming and activities.
- To reduce idle time, risky behaviors, and initial justice system involvement through an individualized support system that fosters positive relationships with peers and mentors.
- To improve mental and physical health by supporting psychological development and enhancing resilience and acquisition of coping skills.
- To increase the collective impact of youth-serving agencies and to expand community awareness of available supportive services through enhanced collaboration.
The Uptown Hub’s collaborators include the Ambulatory Care Network’s CCHE; Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC); People’s Theatre Project (PTP); Police Athletic League (PAL) at the Armory; The YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood; and Uptown Stories.
In 2017, NewYork-Presbyterian, in collaboration with Columbia University Irving Medical Center, received a four-year, $10.3 million grant from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”) to establish a Youth Opportunity Hub in Washington Heights and Inwood. The grant will allow NewYork Presbyterian/Columbia Irving Medical Center, along with other community collaborators, to serve over 250 youths aged 14 to 24 years each year who have been or are at risk for involvement with the juvenile or adult judicial systems.