For over 137 years, the Boys’ Club has partnered with funders to offer educational, recreational, social, leadership, arts and music, and athletic programs. We have an open door policy and $5 membership fee. Our members come from the historically marginalized communities surrounding our three clubhouses on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, in East Harlem, and in Flushing, Queens. Our membership is 44 percent Latino, 38 percent Black, 14 percent Asian or Pacific Islander, and 4 percent White, with an average family income of $25,770. Over 75 percent of BCNY members live in households below the poverty line.
Every weekday from 3 pm to 9 pm, BCNY offers comprehensive, engaging, multi-disciplinary wrap-around services to over 4,000 boys and young men between the ages of 6 and 20. As one of the nation's oldest youth development organizations, BCNY can claim a unique position and expertise in the area of male youth development. Our well-equipped aquatics, athletic facilities, arts and academic facilities have provided equitable access to resources to generations of New York City residents. BCNY is unique in offering comprehensive character development and life skills, academic support, visual and performing arts, physical and mental health, and sports and recreation programming under one roof. Our wrap-around services and focus on boys allows us to target activities toward and support the specific needs of young men, in ways that co-ed programs and school-day activities do not.
We are strongly committed to evaluation, with the goal of maximizing program effectiveness and making data-based decisions regarding programming. In the past year, clubhouse attendance increased by an average of 10 percent, indicating that our work to improve program quality and engagement has been effective. Read about BCNY's Impact for more information on our goals and results.
This is a dynamic moment for BCNY, as we apply forward-looking youth development practices to create expanded options and possibilities for the boys and young men we serve. From Character Development to Sports and Recreation, our efforts reflect the mandate of the Bloomberg Administration-sponsored Young Men’s Initiative to improve the potential for success of young Black and Latino men in New York City.
We would be grateful for the opportunity to detail how we are increasing our impact through initiatives ranging from enhanced program offerings to a proposed new clubhouse in the East New York section of Brooklyn. For further information related to Foundation and Corporation support, or to set up a tour of our clubhouses, please contact:
Rashida Abuwala, Director of Program Development and Evaluation
Zoe Singer, Development Associate -- Grant Proposal Writer
Current BCNY Funders
The Altman Foundation (Independent School Placement)
The Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust (Gardiner School)
Barker Welfare (READ Literacy Program)
The Theodore Barth Foundation (General Operating)
Colgate-Palmolive Company Contributions (Gardiner School)
Consolidated Edison (Gardiner School)
The Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation (Gardiner School)
The Ludwig W. Frohlich Trust (General Operating)
The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation (Independent School Placement)
The Gladys and Roland Harriman Foundation (General Operating)
The Mary W. Harriman Foundation (General Operating)
The Charles Hayden Foundation (Gardiner School)
Higher Education Services Corporation (College Access Challenge Grant)
JP Morgan Chase Foundation (READ Literacy Program)
Morgan Stanley Foundation (General Operating)
NBC Universal Foundation (STEM Learning)
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Gardiner School)
The Sidney, Milton, and Leoma Simon Foundation (General Operating)
The Starr Foundation (General Operating)
The Solon E. Summerfield Foundation (Gardiner School)
The Teagle Foundation (Independent School Placement)
The Wasily Family Foundation (General Operating)