The COVE’s arts-based curriculum empowers teens to think about their lives in new ways, developing self-respect, as well as the ability to understand and empathize with the experiences of people different from themselves through our Media Arts & Literacy Programs.


The COVE’s Media Arts & Literacy Program helps teens to improve their academic, as well as communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to understand and collaborate with others different from themselves. COVE teens create their own public service announcements, music videos, documentaries and film shorts about issues of interest to their peers, and in the process they learn marketable media and computer skills such as all steps of video production from proposal and script writing to editing, graphic design, blogging, photography and acting. The curriculum to create these projects have been developed to meet the Common Core State Standards for speaking and listening, reading, writing and language for 9th through 12th grades. Young Women’s and Young Men’s empowerment Groups focus on subjects such as self esteem and healthy relationship building fostering them to think about their lives in new ways. 


The COVE Media Arts & Literacy Program runs for 24-weeks, Monday through Thursday from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. Young people are divided in two groups: one group meets Mondays and Wednesdays, and the second group meets Tuesday and Thursdays.


Fridays and Saturdays feature health and fitness programs as follows:

  • Friday, 7:00PM to 8:00PM -  Zumba® 

  • Saturday, 11:00AM to 2:00PM - Martial Arts for all ages taught by a world class instructor, Abdul Aziz Shihan

  • Saturday, 2:00PM to 4:00PM-  Healthy Initiatives for Teens


Summer Programing offers an intense 7-week program in July and August for SYEP teens and a select group of Knox Gates young people on scholarship. Summer Friday’s serves as teen night providing trips to all five boros.



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