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The Initiative, led in partnership with the NYC Department of Education, will support up to 50 NYC public schools in using Crew to build stronger, more inclusive communities centered around belonging.

Tomorrow, 48 NYC public schools will begin their journey as part of NYC Outward Bound Schools’ 2022 Crew Initiative cohort – a New York City Council initiative led by Speaker Corey Johnson and Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger and adopted by the de Blasio Administration in their FY22 city budget. With the support of a $1.575 million grant, NYC Outward Bound Schools will help up to 50 new schools implement Crew, a powerful advisory program and school culture framework. Working with NYC Outward Bound school coaches, this cohort of schools will be given the training and tools necessary to implement Crew at their schools. Participating schools were identified and recruited with the support of the NYC Department of Education’s Office of the First Deputy Chancellor.

NYC Outward Bound Schools runs a five-borough network of 14 public schools in partnership with the NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE). Each of these schools, along with several others who contract with NYC Outward Bound Schools and the schools within our national partner EL Education’s network, utilize Crew as both an advisory structure and a vehicle for catalyzing a whole school culture of support and belonging. Crews as a structure are made up of 10-16 students led by an adult Crew Advisor and meet 3-5 days a week. Many stay intact throughout a student’s middle or high school career. Crews support students’ academic and social-emotional development and create an equitable space where each students’ unique ideas and needs are heard and addressed.

“NYC Outward Bound Schools is a crucial partner in building strong school cultures that nurture and enrich our young people,” said First Deputy Chancellor Donald Conyers. “NYC Outward Bound Crews provide students with a consistent support network with critical academic and social-emotional supports. We are truly lucky we can expand this program.”

Mark Treyger, NYC Council Member & Chair of the Education Committee, shared, “Students respond best to relationships. To the credit of NYC Outward Bound, relationship building is centered on advancing positive academic and social outcomes. ‘We are in this together’ is not just a slogan — it is an applied practice each day in classrooms in Outward Bound schools, which is why I’m proud to have worked with Speaker Johnson in advancing a major budget victory to expand the program to more NYC schools.”

Why Crew?

In a multi-year study conducted by Metis Associates, Crew had a statistically significant impact on student attendance. Chronic absentee rates at NYC schools that participated in the study were less than half that of comparison schools. During the pandemic, Crew served as a social-emotional lifeline for students during an incredibly challenging and isolating year. As highlighted in the findings of America’s Promise Alliance and Research for Action 2021 national survey, students in high school are struggling with a decreased sense of wellbeing — reporting declines in mental health and concerning levels of disconnection from peers and adults. Now that students have returned to the classroom, there is a critical need for structures like Crew to re-engage students, rebuild relationships with new and returning members of the community, and help foster school cultures where every student is well-known and well cared for.

“This initiative is a great opportunity for us to bring this powerful work to more schools and enhance our ability to do what our tagline promises,” stated Gifford Miller, NYC Outward Bound Schools Board Chair. “Transform schools and change lives.” 

Participating Schools

Abraham Lincoln High School, Brooklyn

Academy for Conservation and the Environment, Brooklyn

Academy for Scholarship and Entrepreneurship: A College Board School, Bronx

Academy of Medical Technology: A College Board School, Queens

Aspirations Diploma Plus High School, Brooklyn

The Boerum Hill School for International Studies, Brooklyn

Bronx Collaborative High School, Bronx

Bronx International High School, Bronx

The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge Academy, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Community High School for Excellence & Equity, Brooklyn

Brooklyn International High School, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Studio Secondary School, Brooklyn

Claremont International High School, Bronx

Corona Arts & Sciences Academy, Queens

Eagle Academy for Young Men III, Queens

East Williamsburg Scholars Academy, Brookyn

Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School, Manhattan

Ella Baker School, Manhattan

Explorations Academy High School, Bronx

Forsyth Satellite Academy, Manhattan

Harvest Collegiate High School, Manhattan

Health Opportunities High School, Bronx

High School M560 – City As School, Manhattan

I.S. 204 Oliver W. Holmes, Queens

Institute for Collaborative Education, Manhattan

John Adams High School, Queens

John Ericsson Middle School 126, Brooklyn

Joseph F. Quinn Intermediate School 77, Queens

Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International High School (Kappa), Bronx

Landmark High School, Manhattan

Lower East Side Preparatory High School, Manhattan

Lyons Community School, Brooklyn

Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School, Brooklyn

Mott Hall High School, Manhattan

M.S. 035 Stephen Decatur, Brooklyn

Murray Hill Academy, Manhattan

N.Y.C. Lab School for Collaborative Studies, Manhattan

Pathways to Graduation, Staten Island

P.S. 149 Sojourner Truth, Manhattan

P.S. K753 – School for Career Development, Brooklyn

Robert H. Goddard High School of Communication Arts and Technology, Queens

The School for Human Rights, Brooklyn

South Bronx International Middle School, Bronx

South Brooklyn Community High School, Brooklyn

Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change, Manhattan

The Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, Manhattan

Vanguard High School, Manhattan

Vista Academy, Brooklyn

William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School, Brooklyn

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