BCNY Celebrity Ambassador

We are thrilled to announce that Comedian and Television Host Hasan Minhaj has become a BCNY Celebrity Ambassador! 

Minhaj, who was recently listed among TIME 100’s most influential people, came to prominence for his work on The Daily Show as its senior correspondent (2014 to 2018). His first stand-up comedy special, Homecoming King, debuted on Netflix in May 2017 and received positive reviews from critics and a Peabody Award in 2018. He left The Daily Show in August 2018 to host the weekly comedy show, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which debuted on Netflix in October 2018 and “explores the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity.”

“I’m honored and excited to be a BCNY ambassador,” said Minhaj, who recently toured BCNY’s Gerry Clubhouse in East Harlem and spent time connecting with boys and teens. “I believe getting to know people one-on-one is the best way to connect to your community. Nobody provides a better space like that for young men than the BCNY. Plus, I’m looking for some cool guys to play pickup basketball with.”


“I look forward to working with Hasan to help bring increased visibility to our work of empowering boys and young men to become leaders of their own lives,” said Stephen Tosh, BCNY’s Executive Director and CEO. “Hasan’s influential voice continues to inspire others to think more deeply about the world in which we live—and it’s truly an honor to name him a BCNY Celebrity Ambassador.” 

What does it mean to be a BCNY Celebrity Ambassador?

BCNY Celebrity Ambassadors play a significant role in bringing increased visibility to our work to empower boys and young men to become leaders of their own lives. Ambassadors help us educate the public about why youth development programs like the one offered at BCNY are essential. Our vision is clear: all boys are competent academically and emotionally, connected to their communities, rich in character, and confident in their futures.

The commitment for a BCNY Celebrity Ambassador is flexible and varies depending on his or her schedule, interests, and areas of expertise. Ambassadors sometimes re-tweet a BCNY event photo; meet with boys and young men, whether in a music studio or robotics lab or judging a young men’s cooking competition. Others might be featured in a PSA; draft an op-ed; and/or attend a BCNY gala or special event (like sitting on a panel discussion). 

With over 143 years of continuous operation, BCNY has positively influenced the lives of more than one million young men. Now, more than ever, we appreciate the important voices of our Ambassadors, who amplify the issue of why comprehensive programming for boys and young men is key to their healthy growth and development.

Interested in becoming a BCNY Celebrity Ambassador?
Please contact Director of Communications Shonda Smith at 347.505.5416 or by email