BCNY’s “I AM BCNY Award shows” were a blast! Awards were presented to members that exemplify our 4 Cs–Connected, Confident, Competent, and Character-Rich. The event was a reminder to members that they all have the potential for greatness. Staff designed the award shows for their respective clubhouses. Each clubhouse show was as unique as its members. Abbe’s three-day event boasted a very intimate setting, allowing for members to feel connected to their peers. Back in Harlem, the Gerry clubhouse opened the doors to all members, families, and company partners. Harriman created a happy balance of hosting an audience of parents and staff who maintained a connection to members. Although each show was different in style, they all had one thing in common, and that was to ensure each member knew the ideal of “You Matter!” Members were inspired to continue striving to unlock their full potential. Each clubhouse provided its audience with thrilling dance moves, melodic musicians, and heart-warming slideshows and videos. It was undoubtedly an exciting time to be in attendance.
Each clubhouse appointed staff to speak on behalf of the winner before presenting them with their award and gift (the new BCNY Clubhouse hoodie). Each speech was thoughtful and uplifting and left award recipients feeling inspired and empowered. As the members took the stage, handshakes and high-fives lined their path, and they were showered with overwhelming praise from their peers and staff. At your typical award show, you expect to see award winners receive a friendly firm handshake followed by pleasant words. That was not the case at the I AM BCNY Awards shows, where members received big hugs, custom-made handshakes, and multiple expressions of encouragement. It was clear to see that staff members enjoy working with the members. It is because of this that choosing who wins the Staff Award, can prove to be difficult. Each show, clubhouse directors nominate and award one staff member embodying the 4 Cs and going above and beyond work duties.
This overall display of encouragement allows our members to keep a positive attitude as they continue to grow from young men to leaders of their communities. The transformative work that all of BCNY staff is doing is on full display, allowing each BCNY member to feel like a winner every day.