BCNY Celebrity Ambassadors

Meet BCNY’s Celebrity Ambassadors

Comedian & Television Host Hasan Minhaj

“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.”

To read more about Hasan and the Boys’ Club, click here.

NBA Veteran Etan Thomas 

Etan Thomas is an NBA veteran, an author, motivational speaker, host of The Rematch, and BCNY alumnus. He’s now added one more title to his list: BCNY Celebrity Ambassador!

To read more about Etan, click here

Cory Nieves, founder of Mr. Cory’s Cookies

Cory Nieves, aka Mr. Cory, is the CEO of Mr. Cory’s Cookies. This stylish and savvy young entrepreneur was fueled by his desire to make the world a better place and a love of treats to found Mr. Cory’s Cookies at the tender age of six. Now he’s BCNY’s newest (and youngest!) Celebrity Ambassador!

“I’m super excited to become the ambassador for BCNY.  I always believe if you can dream your future it will become your future. BCNY embodies that.” 

To read more about Mr. Cory, click here

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 144 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