The Door’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. We serve up to 11,000 youth annually across our four New York City locations, including our lower Manhattan and South Bronx youth centers and two supportive housing sites on the Lower East Side. Broome Street Academy (BSA), a charter high school embedded at The Door, enrolls up to 330 students and prioritizes applicants who are experiencing housing instability or have been involved in the child welfare system.
Bright Spaces & Futures for NYC Youth
The Door’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. Since 1972, The Door has created an innovative youth development model to address the complex needs of young New Yorkers. Today, we serve up to 11,000 youth annually across our four New York City locations: our lower Manhattan and South Bronx youth centers and two Lower East Side supportive housing sites.
Our Programs & Services
At The Door, young people between the ages of 12 and 24 can access comprehensive services—health care, education, mental health counseling and crisis intervention, legal assistance, high school equivalency and college preparation services, career development, housing support, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals—all for free.
Broome Street Academy
For more about Broome Street Academy (BSA), the charter high school embedded at The Door, see the "About Broome Street Academy" section below.
The Door's Whole-Person Approach
We pride ourselves on offering all of our services in one place. This whole-person approach facilitates building trust with our young people; as such, The Door has had a significant impact on the lives of youth throughout the city for over half a century and counting. In the decades since our 1972 founding, this ground-breaking approach to youth services has served as a model for other, similar organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.
As the needs of New York City youth continue to shift and change, we work hard to shift our services in response.
Who Comes to The Door?
We’re particularly engaged with communities of young people who face disconnection at higher rates—and we’re diverse, like NYC itself.
About Broome Street Academy (BSA)
Housed under the same roof as The Door, Broome Street Academy (BSA) is a tuition-free public charter high school devoted to providing students with the necessary skills and support to graduate prepared for a successful future beyond high school. The wraparound supports provided in partnership with The Door promote student success in school and in life.
BSA opened in SoHo in 2011 as a SUNY-authorized charter high school committed to serving the vibrant and diverse youth of NYC. Today, BSA supports up to 330 students, 9th through 12th grade, from across all five boroughs. Although all students are welcome to apply, BSA’s model is specifically designed to support the city’s most vulnerable young people, reserving 50% of our seats for students who indicate that they are homeless or experiencing housing instability; unaccompanied or without a guardian; or who have been involved in the foster care or child welfare system.
A BSA graduate will possess 21st-century knowledge, collaborative and technological skills, and personal qualities that will enable them to contribute to their community and pursue their educational and professional goals.
Many things have changed since The Door opened in 1972. What began as a labor of love with a volunteer staff in an East Village storefront is now a full-fledged organization with close to 300 paid staff and our own building. However, several things remain the same including the tremendous dedication of our staff and the fearlessness of our young people who have the courage to seek support.