Successful relationships with partners who share CAT's mission of service to the young people and families of New York City are a continuing priority. Key partners include:

The City University of New York (CUNY)


CAT’s dynamic partnership with CUNY encompasses collaboration with initiatives that serve pre-college, college, and graduate students.  Working with CUNY NYC Public School Collaborative Programs, CAT reaches thousands of middle and high school students each year, supporting their academic success and college aspirations. With college initiatives such as the CUNY Black Male Initiative, Workforce Development Initiative, and Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), CAT opens doors to success for hundreds of students from under-represented groups in higher education. And, in partnership with the CUNY School of Professional Studies, CAT spearheads the CUNY M.A. in Applied Theatre, the first such program in the nation.

CAT is part of CUNY's K-16 Initiative. CLICK HERE to find out more about this Initiative. 


Homes for the Homeless 

Homes for the Homeless

CAT provides workshops for adult residents in HFH temporary residence facilities, with a focus on life skills and health and wellness, and has also supported young people there through workshops on academic and social-emotional topics. 



NYC Department of Correction (DOC)

NYC Department of Correction

CAT has worked in Rikers Island education facilities with incarcerated youth for the past two decades, focusing on life skills, violence prevention, and health and wellness.  In 2010 we provided training on adolescent behavior for the DOC Training Academy.



NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)

DCLA is dedicated to supporting and strengthening New York City's vibrant cultural life.  CAT is grateful for DCLA support of key programs including Shakespeare and CAT Youth Theatre.



NYC Department of Education (DOE)

NYC Department of Education

 DOE has been a CAT funding partner since the beginning, supporting our work in hundreds of NYC public schools each year.  Currently, CAT provides services to DOE schools under the following contracts: Professional Development Services for Arts Education, Professional Development for School Leaders & Teachers, Professional Development for Literacy, Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators, Safe & Supportive Schools, Arts Education Services, Student Support Services, Whole School Reform, and Prevention and Intervention Services.  In addition, the DOE Office of Early Childhood Services is a key program partner in CAT’s Interactive Storytelling-NYC Early Childhood Professional Development Initiative.


NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)

NYC Department of Youth and Community Development

 DYCD is an important partner, providing major funding for CAT’s middle-grades literacy programs in 10 NYC middle schools and the technical assistance on literacy development CAT is providing to eight partner organizations.



NYS Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

The New York State Council on the Arts is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York's citizens. CAT is grateful for NYSCA support for Shakespeare and CAT Youth Theatre



New York State Department of Health (DOH)

NY State Department of Health

CAT has partnered with the Department of Health for two decades on programs to educate vulnerable youth about HIV/AIDS.  Currently, DOH provides lead funding for Project CHANGE, CAT’s leadership development program that focuses on adolescent health.



Partnership for After-School Education (PASE)

Partnership for After-School Education

PASE has been a longstanding partner, most recently through a service grant for strategic I.T. consultation to the CAT Youth Theatre, with the aim of engaging more parents and students.



Research Foundation, City University of New York

The Research Foundation (RF) is a not-for-profit educational corporation that manages private and government sponsored programs at The City University of New York (CUNY). Since 1963, the RF has provided CUNY (and more recently non-CUNY clients) with the administrative infrastructure that supports sponsored program activities.  Although the RF works closely with CUNY, it is governed by its own Board of Directors, issues its own independently audited financial statements, operates its own payroll system and fringe benefits plan, and purchases a wide variety of goods and services in accordance with its own rules and regulations.  CAT pays the RF an administrative fee for a range of contract management, administrative, and support services.


Safe Space   

The young adult program of this Queens agency has been a longtime partner.  CAT works with Safe Space’s Young Adult program, which provides participants with the knowledge, skills, experience and support necessary to become self-sufficient, successful and productive adults.   



YMCA of Greater New York

New York City YMCA

The YMCA partners with CAT to deliver after school literacy programs at the Y’s Beacon Center in IS 347/349, in Brooklyn.



CUNY-CAT is an approved New York State Education Department Sponsor of Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CLTE).

CUNY-CAT is an approved NYC DOE Vendor.


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