Advantage Higher Education serves families and children who reside in New York City. Our mission is to give scholars the skill set and knowledge base to succeed in college, career, and life. We do this by providing an engaging experience in sports, arts, and STEM, and other readiness activities; we seeks to enhance and enrich the lives of scholars by providing a safe, supportive, and structured environment that supports their overall health and well-being; and we address their physical, social, and emotional needs that further their intellectual development.



To be recognized nationally for providing a safe haven for youth during extended school hours that fosters support where:

  • Every scholar is guided to demonstrate good stewardship, citizenship and leadership in partnership with their family, school, and community.
  • Every scholar’s creativity and uniqueness is acknowledged, encouraged, embraced, and celebrated.
  • Every scholar is nurtured and secured within a non-judgmental environment.
  • Provide access to postsecondary learning to scholars who otherwise would not have the means to fulfill their educational goals.
  • Furnish direct financial support to scholars for post secondary education
  • Provide information that scholars and families need to make sound educational choices



The Advantage Higher Education's philosophy emphasizes on the development of critical thinking, college readiness, career readiness, and life readiness for our scholars through project based learning activities using arts, sports, and STEM. During extended school time hours, it Is our priority is to prepare a diverse population by providing youth with the knowledge base and skill set necessary for today and future challenges and opportunities. We implement genuine care, respect and confidence; attributes that are altogether vital in creating leaders and prosperous adults. In addition, we help scholars make better choices, build self-esteem, and self-awareness. Thus, we assist scholars to become productive individuals by investing in their own futures.



These programs are supported by school, community, public and private partnerships. We offer a broad range of educational, recreational and culturally age-appropriate activities that integrate what happens in the school day. Youth and family involvement in program planning and implementation is a key component. We provide services year-round on a non-fee basis, five-days-a-week during the regular school year, during school breaks on elected days, and during the summer. Our programs are fiscally sponsored by Long Island University and NYC Department of COMPASS/SONYC (DYCD).



Team Advantage



We have a team of caring professional men and women, who will work with your children on a day-to-day basis and are committed to the success and education of your children. Without them, we would not have a successful program. The members of our staff are LIU scholars and employees; others are educators from MS113; and some are professionals for the local community. These individuals bring experience and dedication to our program, which is definitely a valuable asset to our children. All staff members are finger printed, and we follow the NYS Department of Health standards.


Gregory Paul, ED



Latoya Semple, Office Manager



Jeffrey Ulysse, Program Manger



Del Sledge, Education Specialist



Staff & Support


The Instructor is responsible for the overall management, lesson plan, and implementing of the STEAM, Literacy, or Leadership project based learning activities. Instructors lead and motivate youth counselors, providing a safe program, which fosters children’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. Instructors have achieved specialization, certification, and mastery in his/her content area.


Activity Specialists

The Activity Specialist is responsible for the overall management, lesson plan, leadership of the gym (sports), and auditorium (arts) during students’ daily activities. The Activity Specialists leads and motivates youth counselors, providing a safe after school program, which fosters children’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. Activity Specialists are in the process of obtaining specialization, certification, and mastery in his/her content area.


Youth Counselors

The Youth Counselor is responsible for supporting classroom management, supporting lesson planning, supporting gym activities, and supporting auditorium activities. The Youth Counselors are interns who help to provide a safe program, which fosters children’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. Youth Counselors are usually college scholars.


Youth Workers

Youth workers are aspiring leaders who support program staff that work with scholars of various ages at the Advantage Program to provide academic support, scholar supervision during club activities, enrichment activities, and project based learning activities. Youth worker are usually 8th graders or high school scholars.