Forward Through Education Plus

About Us

Seamen’s Society for Children and Families is excited to offer the Forward Through Education Plus Program. This program offers children educational and additional support services. We are pleased to provide this service to help students achieve academic success and overall well-being. The Forward Through Education program was established in 2009 out of a need to provide tutoring services to meet educational mandates for students.  In the latter part of 2018, we underwent some restructuring in order to improve and enhance the program to re-launch as ‘Forward Through Education Plus’. This program supports the children and families of Seamen’s Society for Children and Families, as well as the community at large.

Forward Through Education Plus

Forward Through Education Plus is a free after-school program that provides educational support in our computerized learning lab equipped with educational materials for school age children in grades 1 to 12. Students will receive comprehensive educational tutoring, beneficial homework assistance and additional supports 4 days a week on Staten Island. The Forward Through Education Plus program now encompasses social, emotional and cognitive skills-building components. These added components underscore the importance of considering the psychological, emotional and social effects that often hinder students’ educational progress.

The Services We Provide

Educational Support

Support services available through Forward Through Education Plus are as follows:

  • Comprehensive Tutoring
  • Homework Assistance

Additional Support 

Students and families often face complex challenges that create interdependent conditions which typically affect educational success. We believe that aligning educational assistance with support services – incorporating and providing impactful, educational, skill building, creative and meaningful information sessions for families – will enrich the lives of children and families and serve as a catalyst to promote personal growth, family engagement and overall development. The program now offers families access to various supportive workshops, sessions, trainings and skills-building opportunities, as well as direct access to resources for students and families. The intertwined overall well-being of students and families cannot be addressed by a single agency or group. Collaborating with other community-based organizations that provide opportunities for holistic development also helps to strengthen families, foster stability and serve as a stimulant for academic victory.

We will offer families the opportunity to:

  • Participate in activities
  • Learn and develop new skills, methods and techniques
  • Enhance the bond with their children
  • Discover information about local resources and supports

Who is Eligible for Our services?

Forward Through Education Plus is available to all school aged children involved in any program of Seamen’s Society, as well as the community at large. Any student struggling to meet standard academic requirements are invited to enroll for our services. To sign up a student, please visit the Learning Lab located on the Lower Level of Seamen’s Society for Children and Families: 50 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301 during hours of operation, call us at 718-447-7740 ext 4288 or email

How to Become a Tutor

Seamen’s Society for Children and Families is looking for volunteers to tutor children in grades 1 through 12. For more information, please contact Patricia Walton at 718-447-7740 ext. 4288 or email:

Hours of Operation

The Learning lab is open during the school year from September to June. We are closed on holidays based on the New York City Department of Education. Also, when there is inclement weather such as a snow storm or blizzard, the Forward Through Education Plus Learning lab will be closed.

Scholarship Assistance

Scholarship assistance is available through Forward Through Education Plus for youth to attend college or vocational school. To be eligible, a youth must be significantly involved and participating in one of Seamen’s Society’s programs. A Scholarship Awards Dinner is held each year to recognize those youth receiving scholarship assistance. Call the Development Office for additional information about eligibility for scholarship assistance at 718-447-7740 ext. 4269

Sources of Funding

Funding for Forward Through Education Plus is provided through community foundation grants, NYC Council, Primark Ltd. and contributions from concerned individuals and corporations.

No fees are charged for participating in this program. Services are provided without regard to one’s race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion or sexual orientation.