We are a small local community academic skills center located in the community room of the Harriet Tubman Housing Complex. With a history spanning over 17 years, we have a passion for instilling a love of learning within our inner city youth. Our program is home to students from Kindergarten through Fifth grade. After advancing to Middle School, many of our students return to our Drop In Program for assistance in the completion of their homework as well as to assist in the lower grade classrooms.

     HTASC is a community outreach mission of the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church. It is through the generosity and commitment of PUMC that makes this program possible.

     Thank you so much for your interest in our program! We hope that our website will provide you with all the information you need to begin your journey with assisting in the education of the inner city youth in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Our Mission is to bring about a lasting improvement in the educational and social lives of our inner city children.  We recognize the restricted mobility of our inner city families and strive to provide the children in these areas with the skills, understanding, and self-assurance to succeed and remain hopeful about their academic and social futures.  We seek to demonstrate that early intervention is effective in raising academic achievement levels.


Our Goals:

  • Provide a safe, warm, and caring environment
  • Enhance children's academic achievement
  • Encourage and support good citizenship
  • Facilitate positive relationships between school, families, and communities
  • Help working families    

The program first started as a story hour and from that a growing need was seen to establish a tutoring program. In September, 1997, The Tubman Terrace Tutoring Program opened its doors. With an enrollment of 24 students, the program was open Tuesday through Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In 1999, we expanded our program to include an extra tutoring day and a Friday Enrichment Program. The Tubman Summer All-Stars, an 8 week full-day summer camp, was started in 2004. Since our inception, we have gone through several name changes.  First known as the Tubman Terrace Tutoring Program, it was changed to the Tubman Terrace After-School Program and the finally to our current name: The Harriet Tubman Academic Skills and Enrichment Center.

The desired needs in our area are:

  1. for a safe, warm, caring environment that provides academic enrichment in the hours after school and during the summer months           
  2. a community center that encourages and supports good citizenship and facilitates positive relationships within the community as a whole 
  3. a resource for families that can support and facilitate the development of skills that will set each individual up for success.   

We have designed our programs based on observational data from experiences within the community over the past 17 years.  We recognize the need to keep students off the streets in the hours after school and during the summer, and as such we sought to provide a safe haven for the youth of our community.  However, we also saw the need for programming that did not simply provide babysitting, but which would challenge students to learn and grow in the time outside the classroom. Our multimodality approach provides our youth with a variety of learning experiences which makes their learning more meaningful, enriches their lives and ensures their success in school, community and life.

Harriet Tubman Academic Skills Center is possible only with the generous funding from:

Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church

Dyson Foundation

Community Foundation

Dutchess County Agency Partnership

Private donations from caring individuals