GOAL is a New York City based nonprofit after-school program housed in PS 171. At GOAL, we strive to provide our students with programs geared towards meaningful educational and social growth. GOAL programming focuses on enriching the whole child with emphasis on teamwork, character building, community, as well as academics. With this student-centered approach, GOAL students are given the tools to determine the quality of their lives and become active, responsible citizens in the classroom and beyond.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A thought for the day

A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.-Anonymous

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Dirty Bookbag LIVE at El Museo del Barrio

GOAL's Rock Band will be participating in the Student's Achievements in the Arts at El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue) on Thursday, May 24th. Mark your calendars!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


In Ms. Sanderson's Art Explorers class, students work on a print-making project. First, they made sketches from pictures. Then, they picked their favorite sketch and copied it on to a piece of flat foam. After that, they carefully went over their lines with a sharp stick to make indentations over the pencil. When they finally rolled printing ink over the foam, the indented lines did not collect ink. This leaves the finished piece with a really cool effect! Pictures of the finished products will be up soon. Make sure to check back :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Drama Creates their set

Today, drama painted beautifully colored set pieces to be part of their "All the Rice in India" play. Catch the performance at the GOAL group presentations in a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A different perspective on art...

Sanderson's class works on perspective paintings.

"we had to use a horizon line and then we put a dot which is called a vanishing point. We also made trees and buildings that get smaller. It looks like it's going away into the distance."
-Ive Chowdhury, Ms. Sanderson's Art Class

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ms. Elyse's last day

Today was Ms. Elyse's last day at GOAL, but she promises to stop by Saturday GOAL soon.

Thank you for spending time with us at GOAL, Elyse. You will be missed!!

Cooking with Katzie

Today, Martino's group cooked some DELICIOUS food with Katzie. Here you'll see students whipping together some delicious berry/fresh whipped cream/ meringue dessert. Below that, catch a peek of some chopping action as students prep for the main dish: breakfast for dinner! We were amazed to discover a new vegetable today... Sea Beans! They look a little like seaweed and grow in salt marshes so are very salty. We used it in our scrambled eggs as a healthy alternative to loading on the table salt. Wonderful! There was also a kale salad (Ms. Angel's favorite veggie! All my juicers know kale is PACKED with nutrients.) Overall, it was a delicious and healthy meal. Thanks Katzie!

Ms. Irias and Mr. Martino's group explore central park

GOAL visited the Alice in Wonderland sculpture this week. 
Click the link below to read about it!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Fundraiser 2012

Last night was a blast at the 10th Anniversary Charity Cocktail and Auction. Thank you to all that support GOAL and have made the first 10 years amazing!

A special thanks to the GOAL board members (pictured below) for making it all possible.

From left to right:
Lisa Kelly- BTIG, LLC, Larry Litoff- City-as-School, Rob Shapiro- Bloomberg, Bryan Kievit- Accipiter Capital Management, Howard Clyman- Founder, Friends of the Children NY, Bryan Powell- Executive Director, Joan Horton- The Horton Group, Doris Koenig- NYC Department of Education, Paul Takats- Deerfield Management, Jeffrey Kaplan- Deerfield Management

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hanging Out before GOAL

Najiyah, Konttessa, and Mr. Powell work on some homework on this beautiful Tuesday afternoon!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Students of the Month

Congratulations to our Students of the Month!!


These five students had tickets picked in this month's raffle, and are invited to see The Lorax in theaters this Saturday with Ms. Angel and Mr. Powell. Super job, keep it up!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Origami with Mr. Martino

GOAL Prep's Origami group creates a tiny table and chair with origami paper. It was interesting seeing all of the intricate folds it takes to create a finished product. Great job!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cooking with Susan

Our guest Susan Sandler guided the Healthy Lifestyle group in making some homemade oatmeal after a great discussion about healthy breakfast choices. Yum!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

GOAL Artists

Ms. Sanderson's Art class is currently creating artwork inspired by James Whistler. Here are some shots of the class using a splattering paint technique (fun and a little messy!) to finish off their work. Do you think they achieved their goal of creating a feeling of fireworks in a night sky?

If you run into Nahiyaan at GOAL, you should take a look at his amazing sketchbook. It's full of awesome drawings.

GOAL students continue to remind us of how important art is in our community. Great job!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day from GOAL

What better way to spend V-day than juicing up some delicious liquid nourishment?

Here are some pics from yesterday's and today's juicing adventures:

We will be juicing this week and next week. Come by and have a taste!

Monday, February 13, 2012

read all about it!

The January/February edition of Da Newz is fresh off the press. Lots of cool articles inside, like "Overcoming my Fear!" by Teja Caban, and "Picking a Middle School" by Neena Agosto.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday GOAL

Saturday GOAL is back! 

It was a great turn out today for our first Saturday GOAL of the year. The dates for future Saturday GOAL days are as follows:

February 11th
March 10th
April 21st
May 19th
June 2nd
June 16th

This morning, Mr. Hunter taught us about nutrition and staying healthy and active. The afternoon ended with a dodgeball tournament in the gym. Fun!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

model students!

this whole table earned multiple tickets today! They did an awesome job completing homework before GOAL activities began.