Caribe Youth Saturday Academy (CYSA).


BCYL developed and implemented an SAT Prep program in 2010 for high school juniors. Teachers were hired to help develop the curriculum, manage the program and teach the course. CYSA is a 10-week program held every Saturday morning for 4 hours at the University of Bridgeport. The students collectively showed a 27% improvement from the pre-test on day 1 to the actual SAT in 2010 and a 15% improvement in 2011. 21 of the 22 graduates of the 2010 program are currently enrolled in college. Again, in 2012 the students scored higher on the actual SAT then on the pre-test. Some of the increases were by 220 points, 310 points and one student increased by 700 points!


At the conclusion of the CYSA program, a recognition luncheon is held for the participants and features community leaders as guest speakers. Click here to view 2012 CYSA Banquet Photos


In 2012, the CYSA class toured University of Bridgeport, Eastern Connecticut State University and some students were able to take advantage of an overnight college workshop at Fairfield University. Click here to view 2012 CYSA college tour photos.


Overall the 2013 CYSA cohort had a 17% or 200 point improvement, when comparing the pre-SAT exam to actual SAT exam scores. 67% of the students achieved at least 100 point improvement on their SAT exam. 20 students had perfect attendance. A luncheon was held on April 13 to recognize students for their hard work and success. Click here to view the 2013 CYSA Banquet Photos.


In 2014, BCYL started an enrichment and tutoring program in partnership with Walter E Luckett Foundation and the Bridgeport Hispanic Police Association. The program is held twice per year (October to December) and (February to April) every Saturday from 9:30am to 12pm for children in grades 3-8. The dual curriculum is geared to help the children build a relationship and respect for law enforcement, while at the same time improve their math, writing and reading skills. The enrichment program involves members of the Walter E Luckett Foundation and the Bridgeport Hispanic Police Association; teachers and University of Bridgeport students who work in small groups (1 tutor to 3 students) to provide the attention needed to help the students improve their math, writing and reading skills.