Building effective partnerships has been instrumental to OCS's ability to meet the needs of our community. Since 2008, OCS has been a partner with the Children’s Aid-Carrera Program (CAS-Carrera), a nationally recognized program that uses a holistic approach to empower youth and help them develop personal goals and the desire for a productive future.
OCS is the only school in Manhattan providing students with the complete suite of services offered through CAS-Carrera.
In 2017, 388 OCS students received eye screenings
and 180 students received eyeglasses, both at no cost.
The model includes seven fundamental components:
Education: Daily engagement includes one-on-one or small group tutoring, PSAT and SAT preparation, and college trips. Individual academic plans for participants are developed.
Employment: Weekly Job Club class is a full introduction to financial literacy and the "world of work," including opening bank accounts, exploring career choices, and providing summer and part-time jobs. Participants are paid a stipend and make monthly deposits in their bank accounts.
Family Life and Sexuality Education: Weekly medically and scientifically comprehensive sexuality education sessions are taught in an age-appropriate fashion.
Mental Health Services: Weekly discussion sessions called Power Groups are led by certified social workers. 24-hour counseling and crisis intervention are provided as needed.
Full Medical and Dental Care: Comprehensive medical and dental services are provided in partnership with local providers.
Self-Expression: Multiple exposures to music, dance, writing, and drama workshops are led by theater and art professionals and allow students to discover talents and build self-esteem.
Lifetime Individual Sports: Multiple exposures to a program that emphasizes sports and help students build self-discipline and impulse control. These sports include golf, tennis, squash, swimming and bowling.