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Devon is a 16-year-old member of BCNY’s Gerry Clubhouse in East Harlem. When COVID-19 closed New York City schools, his high school was not able to provide technology with full internet access, which limited his ability to do research, explore college or career options, and access important information provided by the city. Without the resources at home to supplement his online classes, Devon was at risk of falling behind his peers.

BCNY provided Devon with a remote learning device and three months of Wifi access to help him continue his studies through the end of the school year. His family also received a care package of snacks and games, to bring a little joy to a difficult situation. His mom wrote: “Thank you for everything you do for my son and me. God bless you always.”

Please help us deepen our impact for Devon and all of our members.

Right now, BCNY is: 

  • Ensuring that every boy has the technology to keep connected and learning
  • Providing mental health services and emotional support to members and their families
  • Facilitating virtual college tours
  • Helping BCNY families navigate the information and resources surrounding remote learning and new health and safety measures 
  • Providing one-on-one mentorship with program directors and group leaders
  • Launching digital programming through our website and social media channels, delivered by the BCNY staff they know

Your support ensures that BCNY and our members like Devon with thrive and succeed during the challenging times of COVID-19 and beyond.


For more information on BCNY’s impact during this time, please contact Alex Christie, Database and Individual Giving Manager, at (347) 505-5419 or alex.christie@bcny.org.