The first lady named the Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) one of the nation's top 15 after-school and out-of-school programs in a White House ceremony October 20.
For its work the organization received the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. The award comes with a $10,000 grant.
BCAP is the signature youth program of Heart of Brooklyn, a coalition of leading educational institutions near Grand Army Plaza that includes the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Public Library.
The after-school program, founded in 1998 as a summer camp, has expanded to offer a variety of arts, cultural and science activities for students from dozens of schools.
“For more than 4,000 Brooklyn youth, BCAP has sparked lifelong engagement in their cultural community,” said Ellen F. Salpeter, Heart of Brooklyn's founding director. “We are thrilled by this recognition.”
In statement Obama said through programs like BCAP “young people are not only discovering new talents and finding their creative voices, but also becoming better students, better leaders and better citizens.”