The COVE (Community Organized with a Vision of Excellence) is a Media Arts & Literacy Program for at-risk teens in an under-resourced area in the Norwood section of the Bronx.
The Knox Gates Neighborhood Association (KGNA) believes in the power of community. Together our neighborhood youth, adults, and elders have organized to create The COVE, a safe space that provides neighborhood teens with after-school and summer programs. The COVE Media Arts & Literacy Program offers our neighborhood teens college and career readiness and a place to learn self-reliance, respect for others, and the skills to live full, cooperative, and productive lives.
The Knox Gates Neighborhood Association (KGNA), a grassroots community organization of area residents, was organized in 1977 to target the drug trafficking, violence, and neglect that were pushing our community towards deterioration and despair. In 1988, with additional help from foundations and local institutions, a group of teens and neighbors rehabilitated a donated neighborhood basement and initiated our youth after-school and summer programs. Since 2010, KGNA/The COVE has collaborated with CTM Dreams to offer an excellent Media Arts & Literacy Program. The Board and staff of The COVE have gained skills and invaluable experience in how to design, staff, promote and deliver a meaningful and fun filled, neighborhood based youth program.
Today, nearly 25 years stronger, we enjoy and are proud of our role as a trusted and consistent presence for young people in our community.
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