Impact and
Innovation

As members returned to school last fall, BCNY understood what appeared temporary emerged as a new reality. The face of education, afterschool programming and childhood itself was changing and schools would not be able to equitably meet the growing social and emotional needs of their students. BCNY served its community of members and families by listening, learning and innovating to fill that gap. 

Program Highlights 

Learning Centers and Hybrid Programming

Virtual learning can have an emotional and academic toll on children. In response to the needs of our communities, BCNY opened its doors to its members in hybrid and remote learning programs. By offering a co-learning space, BCNY ensured our members had equitable access to technology and educational support with highly specialized and experienced staff on hand. Most importantly, BCNY helped members step into the future of learning without losing the benefit of being in-person with their peers and caring adults. 

Outdoor Programming

Last year, we fully embraced and increased outdoor programming. Feeling safe to move, play, interact with friends and explore nature is freeing and empowering. In the age of virtual learning, BCNY ensured its members had access to diverse outdoor programming, reminding us that life’s lessons happen in action and off the screen. 

Community Wellness

Our experienced social work team in partnership with our program staff supported the overall emotional and psychological health of members and their families with one-on-one and group support. Wellness programming empowered members to value their personal health and self-care. Gerry Clubhouse hosted a community Covid-19 testing and flu shot clinic, inviting East Harlem to easily access safety measures that were in short supply to those most in need. Community health connects to member health and clinics like these help us fulfill our mission. 

Career and Academic Preparation

The Boys’ Club of New York is steeped in a history of mentorship, community and connection that prepares every new generation for their diverse career and academic paths. Professional development continued through the pandemic with guidance from our High School Access team, career preparation programming, Family Academy and continuous one on one support for college applications. 

Last year, BCNY put members first 

23 virtual college application information sessions for BCNY families with SUNY and CUNY.

Members attended 253 Project Build sessions and earned OSHA-10 Construction Safety certifications after completing the training.

151 members participated in aquatic programming and lifeguard training.

150+ members participated in wellness activities and support groups. 

500 +

Members and community youth participated in BCNY led sports programming.

100

Healthy meals served.

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Hours were spent in BCNY Learning Centers during remote school hours with access to WIFI, laptops, tutoring and counseling.

500

Turkeys and supply bags distributed on during the BCNY Turkey Drive.

113 members participated in chess programming.

32+ Programming Partnerships including Soulful Synergy, CUNY, SUNY, FDNY, NYPD, Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Boriken Neighborhood Health Center, and the DYCD.

15 staff members attended health, wellness and safety trainings including suicide prevention and CPR certifications. 

BCNY members had access to over 25 diverse programs in wellness, arts, STEM, sports and career preparation and support.

BCNY Alumni Spotlights

Evan Ortega is a proud BCNY alumnus, interning during college for the Boys’ Club’s financial department and then chosen for a prestigious internship at Bloomberg with BCNY support. After completing his internship at Bloomberg, Evan secured a full-time position in their accounts receivable department.  

Evan remembers the impact that BCNY had on him, especially the support he received from Antonio and the Independent School Program (now known as High School Access). His advice for current BCNY members: 

“The Boys’ Club helped guide my journey through school and my career. Every boy is different, and there are many opportunities to learn no matter what your interests are… and you may discover new interests that will help you along your journey. I want others to see how I came in as a young curious boy and left as a BCNY boy.” 

Evan’s path through the Clubhouse, high school, college and his career shows that once you become a member, you will always be BCNY. Congratulations on your new position, Evan! 

Evan Ortega

Evan Ortega

Evan Ortega is a proud BCNY alumnus, interning during college for the Boys’ Club’s financial department and then chosen for a prestigious internship at Bloomberg with BCNY support. After completing his internship at Bloomberg, Evan secured a full-time position in their accounts receivable department.  

Evan remembers the impact that BCNY had on him, especially the support he received from Antonio and the Independent School Program (now known as High School Access). His advice for current BCNY members: 

“The Boys’ Club helped guide my journey through school and my career. Every boy is different, and there are many opportunities to learn no matter what your interests are… and you may discover new interests that will help you along your journey. I want others to see how I came in as a young curious boy and left as a BCNY boy.” 

Evan’s path through the Clubhouse, high school, college and his career shows that once you become a member, you will always be BCNY. Congratulations on your new position, Evan! 

Kermit Sahney

Last year, alumnus Kermit Sahney joined BCNY programming staff, working with some of the very staff that supported his BCNY journey. Kermit recalled his first encounter with Abbe Clubhouse director, Ron Britt: 

“In the summer of 2009, my dad brought me to Abbe Clubhouse to register for summer camp. The line was extremely long. There were so many people, I feared I would not get a spot. Sure enough, registration for camp was full. I was so upset. As we left, I bumped into a man who noticed I was sad. It was Ron Britt. My dad asked if he could help me join. I assured him he would not regret it. The rest is history. BCNY has really changed my life.” 

Looking for a supportive environment as a child with developmental disabilities, BCNY became a space where Kermit felt accepted. After 12 years at BCNY, Kermit is now a middle school math teacher, eager to share the values and lessons he learned at BCNY with his own students. That day, Kermit invited BCNY into his life and we could not be more fortunate.  

Kermit Sahney

Last year, alumnus Kermit Sahney joined BCNY programming staff, working with some of the very staff that supported his BCNY journey. Kermit recalled his first encounter with Abbe Clubhouse director, Ron Britt: 

“In the summer of 2009, my dad brought me to Abbe Clubhouse to register for summer camp. The line was extremely long. There were so many people, I feared I would not get a spot. Sure enough, registration for camp was full. I was so upset. As we left, I bumped into a man who noticed I was sad. It was Ron Britt. My dad asked if he could help me join. I assured him he would not regret it. The rest is history. BCNY has really changed my life.” 

Looking for a supportive environment as a child with developmental disabilities, BCNY became a space where Kermit felt accepted. After 12 years at BCNY, Kermit is now a middle school math teacher, eager to share the values and lessons he learned at BCNY with his own students. That day, Kermit invited BCNY into his life and we could not be more fortunate.  

“BCNY staff like Rose looked out for me and made sure I never got in trouble. She helped shape who I am today.”

– James F.