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Under One Sky is the Trail Blazers year-round after school program, inspiring urban youth to understand that everything is connected to the environment. This program expands the notion of environment to include everywhere we live, work and play. Through opportunities in, out of and after school, students are empowered to become active participants in their local environment - because we all live under one sky!

Under One Sky After School Program


Trail Blazers is proud to offer holistic and innovative after school programming to elementary and middle school students throughout New York City to promote critical thinking and a sense of wonder for the world around us. This custom-designed after school solution is centered on urban environmental issues and a community environmental project.

Throughout the program we emphasize:

  • Helping students connect-- to themselves, their peers, adults in their lives and their communities
  • Caring for the local environment-- your environment, your community
  • Finding real-world solutions to local problems
  • Building leadership skills and character
Daily Structure

  • Check -ins with each student, health snack, free play & goal setting
  • Theme work including science experiments, demos and hands-on projects
  • Outside time, group games, team building activities
  • Pow-wow reflection with camp games, songs and more!
Sample Themes

  • "How to be a Trail Blazer"- Join the Trail Blazers tradition! This day offers a little of everything--songs, games, team building, and exploring nature together.
  • "Farm to Fork"- How does our garden grow? Use the 5 senses to take a journey from farm to plate. Plant, harvest and enjoy!
  • "Citizen Science"- What's good in your neighborhood? Explore and care for your local environment through hands-on science projects.
  • "Survivor"- What's wild in our city? Learn about what it takes in our habitat through hands-on science experiments.
  • Additional themes offered by our large network of arts, sports and music providers, customized to each school's needs.

    Under One Sky In-School Curriculum


    UOS In-School Curriculum is a credit-bearing customizable curriculum for high school students. This program is suitable for all teaching and learning styles and builds to create a platform for urban stewardship, civic engagement and environmental leadership with year- round support from Trail Blazers staff. Lessons emphasize urban stewardship, civic engagement and leadership skills.

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To learn more about bringing Under One Sky to your school, contact Jen Ugolino at 212-929-7104, or email jugolino@trailblazers.org.

Registration is open for UOS After-School at these Brooklyn schools: P.S. 705, and P.S. 770. If your child is a student at either of these schools, click the enroll button above to register them in UOS After-School.

Understanding that every family's financial situation is different, Trail Blazers after school programs are offered at four tier levels based on household income.

All tier tuition levels include a scholarship reduction, with additional school funding available, depending on school agreements.
For details, click here.

For an overview of UOS' impact, read the report here. PDF reader needed.