Youth Development

New York Edge

Give students the edge they need to succeed.

aka New York Edge   |   WOODSIDE, NY   |  www.newyorkedge.org

Mission

The mission of New York Edge is to help bridge the opportunity gap among underserved students by providing programs designed to improve academic performance, health and wellness, self-confidence, character and attitudes for success in life.

Ruling year info

1992

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Rachael Gazdick

Main address

58-12 QUEENS BOULEVARD Ste. 1

WOODSIDE, NY 11377 USA

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EIN

11-3112635

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We all know talent, strength, and smarts are nothing without opportunity. For thousands of children in New York City, we are that opportunity, we provide students the edge they need by leveling the playing field so that they can compete and have the chance to succeed in school and in life. For over 25 years, New York Edge has provided on-site afterschool programs to students of all ages granting them access to high-quality academic, arts, and athletic programs. These students live in historically under-resourced communities. With our programs students have the opportunity to grow their skills in leadership, teamwork, and problem solving, bringing that knowledge back to their families and communities. Just like our students, this organization must grow beyond our limitations and reach higher as we continue our current activities and develop new programs to meet changing needs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Academics

New York Edge’s origin was rooted in providing quality sports and arts programming. Today, our New York Edge education team takes learning beyond the traditional classroom walls. Academic instruction now makes up more than 50% of our programs. Literacy, STEAM, leadership, civic/service learning, Pathways to Success prepares middle school participants for high school, and high school participants for college. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) Through our STEAM curriculum, students learn to question, imagine, test, observe, collaborate, and explain their findings in all activities. These skills are crucial as children experiment and investigate issues relevant to the world around them through hands-on learning opportunities. Students may also participate in the annual STEAM Day Fair introducing students to the many and varying jobs in the related fields. The newly developed STEAM day highlights drone technology, as well as the language of coding and applications used to program and guide them. The ExpandEd program brought us a STEAM-based initiative called Design2Learn. Through a partnership with the New York Hall of Science, the program excites learners about STEAM as participants are provided hands-on exposure to careers in STEAM as well as project-based learning activities. Leadership A critical element in the development of each student is their social-emotional growth. Our leadership program focuses on learning effective communication skills, building self-confidence, and active listening. By working collaboratively with their peers, students demonstrate a shared purpose as they use their voice, express choice, and give beyond themselves, helping them to better identify who they are as a leader. Recognizing that leadership is not something to be taught in isolation, we have begun leadership infusion into content. This program will grow and expand over the coming years as students realize that opportunities to lead are everywhere. The initial cohort of schools are identified under the program name Y-Lead. We believe that this program will evolve and grow and continue to be replicated. Literacy Reading information critically, writing purposefully, thinking analytically, speaking and listening, and using self-expression that creatively articulates feelings and thoughts are essential components of our approach to literacy. Children explore through engaging text and project-based activities. Participation in essay contests with renowned authors, specialized tutoring and special events such as our Poetry Slam enriches and enhances each child’s literacy experience. Our literacy initiative has expanded through a partnership with ExpandEd that funds Ready Readers – a literacy program that establishes a love for literature. MSExtra provides middle school students with an opportunity to enroll in book clubs and explore timely and topical literature through independent reading and guided conversation.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
K-12 (5-19 years)

Through our arts programs we aim to foster creativity, self-confidence and self-discipline. The goal of each program is to inspire curiosity through careful observation and artistic exploration. Our performing and visual arts curriculum focuses on developmental consideration for each grade level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) and is built upon the ideas of progressive learning, leadership, social-emotional learning and performance and presentation. Students enjoy the opportunity to perform and showcase their work for family, friends, and the community at special events such as Art Day, Girl Redesigned, Step Competition, and New York Edge’s signature event – the Spring Arts Showcase. Art Day Art Day is part of the New York Edge Art Department’s educational series for New York Edge students designed to build self-confidence and empowerment. Throughout the day students will learn that art has the power to transform perceptions of identity and reality. This is an opportunity to use artistic expression to explore difficult social situations and work collaboratively to find solutions. Step Competition It’s more than rhythm. It’s more than dancing. It’s more than music. It’s stepping! These step routines are aimed at promoting physical health and teamwork through stepping. This competition gives New York Edge students the opportunity to showcase their talent through the art of stepping while enjoying a fun and safe environment. Our activity specialists teach the fundamentals of stepping through teamwork, healthy competition, and good sportsmanship. Regardless of the participants’ level of experience, they are able to step in the New York program to improve their technical proficiency and fundamental elements. Girl Redesigned Girl Redesigned is a two-part educational series for New York Edge students designed to build self-confidence and empowerment. Through this series of lessons, students will learn that art has the power to transform perceptions of identity and reality. This is an opportunity to use artistic expression to explore difficult social situations and work collaboratively to find solutions. It is the culmination and performance following Art Day. Spring Arts Showcase The event showcases a variety of talent, ranging from dancing and singing to drawings and paintings. The performance portion of the Spring Showcase features 12-14 performances; only these acts from over 100 of the New York Edge schools that can audition will be selected to perform at the showcase. Acts range from musical theater performances, a cappella chorus, dramatic works, video presentation, various dance styles, step, drumline and more. The visual arts gallery displays more than 200 pieces of artwork from more than 250 students ranging from grades K-12 from various schools throughout New York! Performing arts activities include: Dance (ballet, modern/contemporary, jazz, ballroom, hip-hop, African, Latin, tap) Theater/Musical Theater Music (general, instrumental, chorus, digital production, drumline/marching band) Step Cheerleading Drama Yoga Visual arts and character education activities include: Studio Art (painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, printmaking) Digital Media Photography Filmmaking Comic Illustration Fashion Design

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
At-risk youth

The Center for Sports and Wellness is dedicated to improving both physical and nutrition literacy amongst underserved youth in New York City, through the implementation of sports, wellness and fitness programs in New York Edge afterschool programs. A wide variety of programs are delivered at New York Edge afterschool sites that encourage children to play more, have fun and adopt healthy eating habits. The Sports and Wellness program plays a critical role in building and supporting our students’ sports and wellness interests and needs through the delivery of special events, leagues, tournaments and skilled based sports clinics. Co-ed Sports Leagues Our Saturday flag football, basketball, and soccer co-ed leagues last 5 weeks for elementary schools and 7-8 weeks for middle school programs. All leagues culminate with championship game events and award ceremonies. These leagues provide children with a chance to play weekend sports in a safe environment while participating in skill-based clinics, 1-on-1 coaching, and of course, they have fun! Food Explorers New York Edge’s nutrition education program, “Food Explorers” aims to develop healthy eating habits in elementary and middle school students through the exploration of food. Food Explorers has three levels ranging from basic nutrition education to introduction to cooking and advanced cooking. The program continues to grow, allowing students the opportunity to make informed food decisions and help influence the decisions their family members make. Girls L.E.A.D. (Learning Empowerment through Athletic Development) Girls L.E.A.D. allows girls to freely participate and actively engage in sports-related activities along with discussing sensitive and social issues in a fun and safe environment. Girls L.E.A.D is offered on Saturdays throughout the school year. Activities include archery, volleyball, lacrosse, ice skating, and basketball, plus much more. In addition to Saturday activities, Girls L.E.A.D. also gives girls an opportunity to participate in an all-girls camp that reinforces the mission of the program. Elect to be Fit Elect to be Fit is an Election Day program for elementary and middle school students framed around incorporating nutrition, fitness, and sports all in one event. The event allows students to challenge themselves despite skill level and try new things. Past events have included nutrition challenges, team building activities, and yoga workshops to name a few. Annual Presidents’ Week 3 vs 3 Basketball Tournament Our five-day Annual Basketball Tournament takes place during Presidents’ Week at Aviator Sports Complex. The New York Edge Basketball Tournament gives over 100 teams the opportunity to play basketball while and also giving each participant the opportunity to actively engage and learn more about the game in a fun and safe environment during the holiday break. This tournament is the largest 3 vs. 3 interscholastic basketball tournament in New York City and will feature some of the top young ballplayers our city has to offer. Family Feast Family Feast is an initiative where guardians, students, and teachers, all enjoy a sit-down meal together. New York Edge provides a nutritious meal served in the tradition of family style with proper table settings. Sports and Wellness staff begin each feast by introducing the program and leading with a “discovery” on promoting healthy living and making positive changes.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
K-12 (5-19 years)

Our Instructional Steering Committee comprised of New York Edge curriculum specialists with expertise in various academic disciplines (ELA, math, special education, physical education, arts, STEAM) designs New York Edge approved distinct curriculum and themes yearly. The summer camp 2019 theme is “Saving our Tomorrow,” a focus on children inheriting the planet, with proactive suggestions for protecting the earth. Campers will learn about water conservation, alternative renewable energy, and urban landscapes. The program employs hands-on or project-based learning utilizing curricula that meet the following criteria: 1) age-appropriate and inquiry-based 2) align to common core standards 3) support school-day curricula 4) thematic/project-based and 5) promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills. All activities are curriculum based and front-line staff receives appropriate training to facilitate structured activities with lesson plans and tangible products to support student learning. We foster social & emotional learning skills & infuse academic skills (reading, writing, & math). Our partnership with the New York City Council, Department of Youth & Community Development, Community Schools, and Department of Education provides many New York City school communities with camps that support improving health and wellness, developing social skills, and preventing summer learning loss. New York Edge has operated summer programs for more than 20 years.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
K-12 (5-19 years)

This initiative builds on our deep experience and strong track record working in New York City public schools, particularly its highly successful New York Edge/Freshman Academy and 9th Grade Summer Academy. We also facilitate college and career readiness by helping students gain college admission, scholarships and financial aid to afford college, and knowledge of job opportunities within in-demand sectors, particularly for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) careers. Early College Awareness Our College Access For All program focuses on the development of a college-going culture for 7th grade students both at school and home. Activities include interactive student workshops, opportunities for family engagement, college tours, and special events that bring the college experience to life. New York Edge is an approved vendor for New York City Department Of Education to provide College Access For All programming in public schools serving over 6,000 students. Middle School Today, High School Tomorrow Preparing middle school students for the academic and social challenges they will encounter in high school, college, and beyond is the foundation of New York Edge’s Middle School Today, High School Tomorrow (MSTHST) program. We provide our students and families with critical tools, academic advisement, specialized test preparation, guidance through the entire college application process, workshops on financial aid procedures, interviewing skills, financial literacy, high school tours, and social-emotional counseling. These activities help students and families attain their goals. Parent engagement workshops are designed to support both the development and personal growth of their children academically and emotionally. Our workshops provide the opportunity for parents to come together and be actively involved with the school community, be informed of the high school selection process, and prepare for college. High School Today, College Tomorrow The vision of High School Today, College Tomorrow (HSTCT) is for each student to become college and career ready, learn how to successfully meet graduation requirements, navigate the college admissions process, and acquire and enhance skills that will prepare them for lifelong employment. Critical to this process is the college tours that help to create a mindset around the development of a college-going culture. Although student mindset is key, it is essential that parents are supported through workshops that improve their awareness that college is both attainable and affordable. Our academic support includes test preparation for standardized tests including PSAT, SAT, and ACT. Advisors meet regularly with students to assist with college admission process, selecting the right college, writing a strong essay and working through the financial aid process. College readiness, character education, and career awareness workshops are also offered. Empire In 2017, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $35 million in Empire State AfterSchool funding will be available for high-need school districts across the state to establish quality afterschool programs. School districts in Brooklyn and Bronx were identified. We were awarded several Empire grants. Funding will provide a minimum of 300 hours of programming for elementary school students and 200 hours for middle school students. Programming is designed with meaningful input from youth, principals, community members, and parents/caregivers. Similar to our Champions Club program, students are offered a balanced schedule that includes academic support, sports, arts (visual & performing) and social/emotional learning. Students (elementary and middle) are scheduled for a minimum of 6 hours of homework help, academic support, and enrichment (e.g., STEAM and literacy) each week, delivered by a blended faculty of teachers and youth development specialists from New York Edge.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adolescents (13-19 years)

New York Edge is Your Community Partner Community Schools The New York Edge Community Schools provide critical instructional support and academic enrichment as well as service designed to remove barriers to student learning and healthy development. Our schools offer a comprehensive, integrated approach that extends hours, services, and partnerships for traditional public schools. Each Community School program is designed to support the unique needs of that school community. Attendance Support – work with students at risk of or currently chronically absent. Work with schools to improve overall school attendance. Family Engagement – provide professional development opportunities, workshops, and classes. Work closely with schools to increase overall family engagement. Expanded Learning Time – provide afterschool programming, subject-based tutoring, college, and student advisement. Mental Health and Wellness – partner with organizations to provide mental health counseling, individually and in a group. Organize overall mental health efforts in schools. Provide specialized support groups for boys and girls. Boys 2 Men and Girls Talk are examples of the support groups. Beacon Centers Open for 6 days a week (including evenings, Saturdays and holiday programming for school-age students, high school students, young adults and adults), Beacons are school-based after school initiatives for K-12 students that promote positive development for all participants, families and community residents by creating a trusted neighborhood hub. Opportunities are available for all to improve skills and their personal and family well-being. Beacons provide a comprehensive set of support services, and opportunities including: recreational and academic enrichment programs, specialized sports, visual/performing arts, college access, attendance support, counseling, adult classes, adult workshops, trainings, and more. New York Edge’s Department for Beacon and Community School programs works towards building a collaborative environment with each school partner, resulting in the best possible approach for the school community.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

K-12 (5-19 years),Families,At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students at or above a 90% attendance rate

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students receiving homework help

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of snacks served for students participating in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average daily attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

New York Edge seeks to: - Partner and collaborate in an even deeper way with schools to ensure high-quality education, supports, and opportunities for youth; - Become a research-directed organization; - Develop and improve systems for recruiting and retaining talent; - Align organizational chart with mission and vision, and strengthen brand identity; and - Guarantee the organization's financial future.

To reach our goals, New York Edge has set out on a pathway to work with professionals in the academic field to better understand data collection. The more useful data we have the more we can hone in on the aspects of our programs that are generating results - helping students succeed. New York Edge has strengthened its development department to engage private foundations, individuals, and corporations. Through strategic events, campaigns, and grants, we will bring our fundraising to a new level. In three to five years our goal will be to start an endowment.

The New York Edge Board of Directors has 100% giving among members and is fully committed to the goals of the organization. With some new Board members joining the team as well as a new Chief Executive Officer in 2019, New York Edge has already made good progress.

New York Edge developed a Strategic Plan in 2017 and has specific measurements to track our progress towards goals. The organization is reviewing the goals and the plan as we enter a new fiscal year. We will start September with an update on where we stand and continue the work.

New York Edge has made some staffing changes with promotions and new hires. The largest items accomplished this past year are: 1) rebranding to New York Edge (from Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation), and 2) hosting our inaugural fundraising event that more than doubled its original goal. In addition, we have made updates to our program staff and introduced a new head of our academic team. The new curriculum and STEAM lessons have received positive feedback. Our arts and sports and wellness programs have also improved and been implementing surveys of the students and parents to better track progress and outcomes.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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New York Edge

Board of directors
as of 1/7/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Francis Greenburger

Time Equities, Inc.

Susan Newman

M&T Bank

Jeff Ravetz

Girona Ventures, LLC

Roger Alcaly

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Ross Sandler

New York Law School

Craig Balsam

Razor & Tie

Niko Elmaleh

World-Wide Holdings

Robert Fagenson

Fagenson & Co., Inc.

Corine Fitzpatrick

Manhattan College

Jeffrey Forster

Time Equities, Inc.

Joseph French

French & Casey, LLP

Paul Gottsegen

Time Equities, Inc.

Pascale Hainline

Merrill Lynch

Howard Helene

Howard Helene Assoc., Inc.

Christine Houlihan

Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC.

Jo Ann Secor

Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership

Robert Tuchman

Creative Artists Agency

Gregory Weiss

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP (retired)

Daniel DiClerico

Home Advisor by IAC

Rashid Silvera

Educator and Model

Laurie Erlandson

Isoude

Peter Lieb

Aon

Kenneth Copeland

Flank, Inc

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/23/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/19/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.

Keywords

education, at-risk youth, children (K-12), wellness, arts, sports,