New program provides space for local nonprofits

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There is a new opportunity for small, city nonprofits to help them get space for their activities.

The BK Steppers teach music and dance to young adult. They now use P.S. 10 for their weekly practices thanks to the new Extended Use Hardship Waiver Pilot Program.

The program provides community organizations with better access to school facilities.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is encouraging more organizations to apply for this program organized in a partnership with the New York City Department of Education and other borough presidents.

"Any of our young people don't have safe spaces to really develop their full person hood and by opening our school buildings, not only for the academic learning, but also how do you make our children and assist our children to be emotionally and intelligent with some of these programs," says Adams. "This gives them that."

Executive director Antonio Thompson says this program has made a big difference for BK Steppers.

"It definitely alleviates a lot of the logistical barriers that come with running a nonprofit organization and finding space getting equipment into spaces and telling parents and kids where we are going to be consistently," Thompson says.

Extended Use Hardship Waiver Pilot Program applications are now being accepted through the offices of the five borough presidents for consideration.

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