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 its students. BCNY served its community of members and families by listening, learning and innovating to fill that gap.
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.
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.
Our experienced social work team 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 the 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
Members and community youth participated in BCNY led sports programming
Healthy meals served
Hours were spent in BCNY Learning Centers during remote school hours with access to WIFI, laptops, tutoring and counseling
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
This year, we celebrated College Access Program participant Kevin G., who earned an all-expenses-paid-scholarship to one of the nation’s leading schools: MIT School of Engineering.
In addition to his academic accomplishments, Kevin shares his passion for STEM by teaching kids at his local library how to build and code robots.
His BCNY mentors say they “could not be more proud of him … His preparation and hard work throughout the College Access process have ultimately opened this gigantic door at his dream school.”
“BCNY staff like Rose looked out for me and made sure I never got in trouble. She helped shape who I am today.”