Point Community Development Corp.

Rating: 4.75 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Human Services, Economic Development

Location: 940 Garrison Ave The Bronx NY 10474 USA

Mission: In the winter of 1993, four experienced community workers conceived THEPOINT to unearth the hidden strengths of both the Hunts Point community as awhole and of the young people who reside here.  THE POINT’s mission tostimulate culture and enterprise in the Hunts Point community and deeplyengage young people in all aspects of revitalizing their community.  Today,the new South Bronx is a national model for urban rebirth.  THE POINT isjust one example of the new thinking behind this borough’s rebirth.  An artscenter and neighborhood marketplace, THE POINT’s programs encourage and celebrate both artistry and entrepreneurship among the agency’s 325 youth participants. THE POINT engages participants as active agents of change, rather than treating them merely as recipients of services.  For THE POINT, at-risk young people are more than bundles of problems--they are in fact wellsprings of solutions.
Geographic areas served: Bronx

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

sad to say this program is run by a woman who rather call the athorities on people with mental illness that work there, my son for years have worked there and the director who he confided in called the police because he suffers from mental illness and she tell me his father that thats how the deal with people . how is this organization helping de escalate problems with the community if they turn to the atthorities on children

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Point CDC is home for every artist, activist, community organizer, a safe space for students to come learn how to organize their ideas into arts or some other form of multimedia. As an adult volunteer, I've learned how to solve problems, conflict resolve, provide proper encouragement, praise, and empathically listen to others. I've learned how to youth develop and have been employed by some really great and prestigious non for profits throughout the Bronx and East Harlem area. They have talents such as TATS CRU, International Center for Photography, and a lot of art guru's constantly teaching kids how to express themselves in visual arts. I can't think of any other place that provides students with so many resources such as the Point CDC.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to get them more funding, so they can hire more staff.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

all of my personal growth today, I have attained because of volunteering at the point.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel like a respected member of a community I don't live in. I have been able to make many connections and have been able to leverage those connections in so many positive ways. I love it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The Point is a place where I have felt the most comfortable to be myself. I have loved the way the staff and educators make you feel like you are someone. I hope to see The Point, CDC grow even further as it has alot of great services and education to offer. Thanks

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the area of showcasing talents and learning music.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

supply staff with more resources.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the level of experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very cordial and welcoming and treated me with respect.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand itself into a school and have several arts and education in other communities in need.

Ways to make it better...

the Point was open later in the night.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

none.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Point is a great asset to a community that offers little hope to the uneducated and underpriveleged.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I started going to the point in my late teens, I was 19 years old. I started going to their photography program and it was just amazing. The photo program there gave me confidence, gave me friends. I looked forward to attending class every week. There was always something new happening at the point, hip hop shows, rock shows, town hall meetings. They kept the neighborhood informed and actually cared. It is a place for all people young and old. I am still apart of the point family, I still attend many of their events because even though I'm 27 now they are still very relevent in my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the growth of the children that come out of that place.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The fact that I can always come back and will always be welcomed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people from all walks of life. Farmers, Hippies, Artist, Professoinals, Celebritys. A lot of people who you think would never go to the South Bronx are always there, helping out.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of the people who attend the point and people around it. It give classes to give people the skills to be anything they want. It would bring a better life to the community it serves which is so deserving.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

the point has allowed for not only a creative space, for an arena of inspiration. The staff is warm and freindly and the children are extraordinary.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make this organization bigger hire more staff in order to provide more children with the wonderful atmosphere in the building

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My experience at The Point has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences New York has offered me. I visit this place often because of their out reach to the community and to the children is one of those few pillars that beacons for opportunity. Many people who might otherwise not get those opportunities. I hope that this center rises above and continuos to inspire all of us many many years to come.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many people I have come across though out manhattan and the bronx.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people that work there.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Question is where should I begin ??? I was a very immature 13 y/o little girl who thought I knew everything, when in reality I KNEW NOTHING. It all started when I became a freshman in High School, one of my classmates was walking around with this really cool camera, so I asked her where did she get it from?? She then responded and told me that there was an after school photography program in a community center called THE POINT. I was very curious and decided to check it out for myself, and as soon as I walked into the community center I was greeted and felt very comfortable with the staff that said hello to me. I actually found it weird that they greeted me because if your from the Bronx you know not just anyone greets you.I then wanted to do things my way and not follow directions or instructions from my photography instructor and that's when I met my role-model (who I didn't know would be yet) Ms. Emilia Wiles who put me in my place and I though was really mean. Emilia honestly had patients with me from my snottiness to my immaturity and all, one day she then sat me down and told me that the way I act towards people is never going to get me anyhere and I sat there wondering "what does she know?" And when she started telling stories of her childhood and guaranteeing she had my FULL attention. So I did Photography for about 5 years, then moved onto A.C.T.I.O.N(Action Coming To Inform Our Neighborhood). Where there I learned even more great new things, such as leadership skills, public speaking, computer technology, very efficient on Microsoft Word & other programs. I loved being at THE POINT, it was surely my 2nd home. I became interested & knowledgeable of all the programs they offered. I also became a student, a volunteer, and in general and through my life a very determined person. This I thank THE POINTS programs and the amazing staff they have. Anyway my comments & stories are all way too long to be told. I must say THE POINT has & will be a very important place in my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

high school, work & college

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Definitely make sure that everyone knows how great THE POINT is and always will be ....

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way they know how to be professionals & when the time to come how to be great friends and family you get to choose

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING, UNFORGETTABLE, LOVING, THEY ARE AND STILL ARE BIONIC ... THEY ARE GREAT

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

sponsor so many teens that want to go away for college but can not afford to

Ways to make it better...

I had joined every program they offered.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

they are not yet well known , & definitely Funding ...

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am very honored to know people that I now call my family, thanks to the wonderfulness of THE POINT, and for our future leaders in the Hunts Point community to have somewhere they can call home

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The POINT offers absolutely essential programming in a section of NYC that is most underserved and overpassed. The safety, creativity and community fostered within these walls support the children to simply be children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen so many children accomplish important feats behaviorally , academically or socially because of their time at The POINT.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

generous, and kind

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

could provide so much more necessary programming in their field in this neighborhood.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I Love The Point with all my heart. I practically grew up in The Point. I started in The Point's after school program where I got assistance with my elementary and middle school homework. Not only was I getting my homework done in The Point but I was occupied with activities such as cirque, dance and literacy. After middle school, I returned to my second home to sign up for the teen program, A.C.T.I.O.N. Currently, I am in my last year of the A.C.T.I.O.N. teen program where our main goal is to bring about more environmental and social justice in the Hunts Point area. For example, The Point along with other organizations partnered up to form CIU (Community In Unity) to fight the proposed jail that the DOC (Department of Corrections) plans to build near the Fish Market. This is a grave social injustice to our community that consists of mainly colored and financially disadvantaged residents. Thus we try to oppose these types of problems. I feel that an organization such as The Point that takes their time to fight for people who otherwise would not get their voices heard. I believe in the goodness of The Point and how many lives like mine were positively affected by this program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the event where the Hunts Point community celebrated the arrival of the Community Pool. This moment brought the community together.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and always tried to help you with you problems or question even if they were busy. If they couldn't help then they would connect you to someone who was able to assist.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I've been to The Point for a total of 7 years. i started out with ICP (International Center of Photography. I then looked around The Point for more activities. I joined the art program and circus du le, as well as the Summer Program. When i became a freshman in highschool i joined A.C.T.I.O.N. (Activist coming to inform our neighborhood), a teen activist program. Working with A.C.T.I.O.N. as taught me leadership skills as well as how to work with others. Also because of A.C.T.I.O.N. The Hunts Point community has a voice. A.C.T.I.O.N. helps the Hunts Point community as well as the South Bronx overall to fight for community and environmental justice. On Thursday nights The Point offers tutoring, as well as a healthy meal. The Point also offers many dance classes, for all different types of dance. There is also a music studio, for all different types of music to record, from rock to hip hop. The Point gives the young people of Hunts Point a place to hang out. The Point overall is safe heaven for young children, teens and adults, and because of this i have found a second home to go to where there is peace and love.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the teen program A.C.T.I.O.N. to help the community. We give outreach to the community and fight issues in the community to make Hunts Point better, as well as the South Bronx as a whole.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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