To empower boys and young men by providing effective programs and a supportive community.
Mr. Stephen Tosh
287 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10009 USA
youth development, after school program,
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The Boys' Club of New York combines a single-minded focus developing boys and young men with a unique, multi-disciplinary approach that prepares them for a fulfilling and meaningful adulthood. BCNY accomplishes this by offering programs in music and arts, social and recreational activities, academic support and athletics. We deliver enriching after-school programs to hundreds of boys each day at our three clubhouse locations in East Harlem, Flushing and the Lower East Side for just $5 a year. Any boy age 7 -21 can join regardless of zip code, school, immigration status or family income.
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Each Clubhouse has a private indoor swimming pool accessible to all members. Our Aquatics programs include American Red Cross’ Learn-to-Swim program, which teaches members about swimming and water safety, a critical life skill, especially for growing children. As of 2016, every member is automatically enrolled in Learn-to-Swim in the hopes that 100% of our members leave BCNY able to swim.
In addition to Learn to Swim, BCNY members can join one of our nationally ranked, award winning swim teams and travel internationally to compete against other young men. BCNY also offers lifeguarding, a life-saving skill that also enhances our members’ resumes and makes them more competitive in today’s job market.
Art and Music
The Josie Robertson School of Music and Art encompasses visual, digital, and performing arts. BCNY offers private and group music instruction with professional musicians in state-of-the-art music studios. Boys can also explore drama and dance, and our art studios offer painting, sculpture, and digital and dark-room photography. In addition, boys can learn graphic animation, filmmaking, Photoshop, and music production in our media labs.
College & Career
BCNY strives to prepare members for post-secondary success, whether that is at college or at work. Our College Access Program (CAP) helps boys complete high school and encourages them to explore post-secondary education options. The Career Prep Program prepares members to be workforce-ready by placing members in clubhouse training programs, encouraging interview and resume development through workshops, career exploration, exposing members to external internships, and assisting members in securing paid employment.
BCNY provides a wide array of academic support programs for boys of all ages with different learning styles. BCNY’s Education Department is focused on helping boys reach their full academic potential through homework help, tutoring, early literacy support (READ), science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), and academic competitions and activities. The department is led by a director with support from highly qualified coordinators, tutors, and homework help staff. We also offer low or no-cost SSAT and SAT prep to all teen members. In addition to academic support, we have an Independent School Placement (ISP) program for boys looking to attend private day or boarding schools.
Designed to instill positive character attributes and essential skill-sets, BCNY’s Game Rooms are the heart of our Life Skills programs. Communication, listening, decision-making, and leadership skills are central to game room programs, which provide hands-on experience for real life application. Game Room programs teach members about seasonality and locality of local foods as well as healthy ways to prepare well-balanced meals, what stress is and how to manage it through positive decision-making, and techniques that assist with self-awareness and self-control – skills necessary in all stages of development.
Physical Education Programs
Physical Education programs foster a sense of belonging, community, friendship, and positive relationships. Members learn the objectives and rules of games and sports from tag to flag football, and then progress to learning plays, techniques, and strategies. They also study what it means to be a team member on and off the field, learning teamwork, communication, focus, cooperation, endurance, and sportsmanship. In addition, members build self-confidence and self-esteem, gaining the ability to perceive value in themselves and others.
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We work to support our members' acquisition of skills, knowledge, and values according to general principles of youth development, and skills specific to each of our program areas. The goals for our program areas are as follows:
Academic Support & Enrichment: To build skills and support academic achievement and a love of learning, and to help members create a roadmap for the future.
Character Development & Life Skills: To develop life skills, character, leadership, and a healthy lifestyle for a successful transition into adulthood.
Visual & Performing Arts: To foster artistic skills, exposure, encourage self-expression and build confidence.
Mental & Physical Health: To learn to take care of their bodies and minds, practicing healthy living habits; To identify and support socio-emotional needs.
Sports & Recreation: To develop motor/fitness, cognitive and social skills through physical activities and sports, and to increase the likelihood of long-term physical activity.
Our long-range vision is to ensure that all boys develop the critical skills and values that prepare them for a healthy and successful adulthood. In so doing, we aim to become a recognized leader in youth development programming for boys and young men, which is a growing field of interest in youth services and one in which we draw from longstanding experience.
Participation in out-of-school time (OST) programs can help close the achievement gap that our population faces through enriching activities and positive role modeling that encourage our members to engage with education. OST support is linked to significant academic gains, improvement in work habits and reductions in behavior problems, as well as higher rates of post-secondary degree attainment. We work towards our goals through a commitment to program quality, rigorous internal evaluation and continuous learning, results-focused management, and through effective and engagement wrap-around youth development services as follows:
Academic Support and Enrichment: We offer READ (early literacy instruction), High School Access (preparation for and assistance with NYC high school application process) project-based STEAM programs (including Robotics, Engineering, Natural Science, and Anatomy), Individual Tutoring, Homework Help, Recreational Academic Clubs and Competitions (robotics, spelling, math, STEAM, brainquest), and College Access.
Character Development and Life Skills: BCNY offers a roster of programs with a focus on character and leadership, including Youth Council (a member-run governance program), Group Clubs, Thrive (Character and Asset Building), and Recreational Games (board games, pool, foosball, Legos, video games). A Work Progress Program funded by the Center for Economic Opportunity has furthered our ability to provide vocational experience and support to our teen members. Other opportunities to gain work experience include our Project Coach and Summer Superhero programs, in which older members mentor and work with younger members in coaching or tutoring roles, respectively.
Music, Visual and Performing Arts: In our state-of-the-art music studios, professional musicians offer individual and group lessons in Bass, Voice, Clarinet, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Vibraphone, Violin, and Ukulele. Visual and performing arts programs include Painting, Drawing, Print-making, Graphic Design, Digital and Stop-motion Animation, Comic Book Making, Poetry and Storytelling, Sculpture, Drama and Dance.
Mental and Physical Health: Programs that promote a healthy lifestyle include individual and group counseling and therapy, yoga, martial arts, American Red Cross Learn to Swim, Guard Start (lifeguard training), Street Wise (emphasizing healthy choices for older youth), Chef It Up (team cooking competitions) and Fitness & Weight Training.
Sports and Recreation: We offer intramural and representative sports (Basketball, Baseball, Football, Rugby, Track), Mini Sports (Hoops, Kicks, and Sticks for younger members), Water Polo, Swim Team, Table and Video Games, and day and overnight trips to BCNY's camp in upstate New York.
As one of the nations' oldest youth development organizations, BCNY can claim a unique position and expertise in the area of male youth development. We own our well-equipped clubhouses and camp in upstate New York. Our clubhouses feature swimming pools, athletic, arts, and academic facilities in historically marginalized areas. BCNY is unique in offering comprehensive character development and life skills, academic support, visual and performing arts, physical and mental health, and sports and recreation programming under one roof. Our wrap-around services and focus on boys allows us to target activities toward and support the specific needs of young men, in ways that co-ed programs and school-day activities do not.
We employ 80 full-time staff, 156 part-time staff, and attracted more than 400 volunteers in the last year. Through results-focused management and a commitment to professional development, our staff and volunteers are supported to implement high-quality, effective programs.
Our Board is one of the organization's greatest strengths, thanks to their engagement, expertise, and resources. BCNY's Board of Trustees represents many historical connections to the organization, including ties to our founder, and four Trustees, including the Board Chairman, are BCNY alumni. Our Board is comprised of 49 members. BCNY's Board provides substantial financial and leadership support, as well as the continuity that a 141-year-old, endowed, and almost 100 percent privately-funded, organization requires. The Board provides critical fundraising support and is actively involved in our Special Events. Annual board giving averaged $1,063,131 over the past 3 years, and our Trustees play an active role in cultivating and supporting foundation relationships. Combined with the support of our long-term funders, the significant revenue from our special events, and the interest draw from our endowment, we support an operating budget of more than $14 million per year.
We are committed to continuous internal evaluation and performance measurement, as evidenced by our investment in an internal evaluator. This has guided results-focused service delivery, and instituting broad planning and feedback measures that have led to measurable results. For most programs, BCNY collects and compares baseline, or “pre-treatment" and “post-treatment" data to measure the validity of our hypothesis that the program is affecting positive change in participants. Evaluation tools and measures are created or sourced by an internal evaluator. Staff are trained and frequently involved in data collection activities, including administering surveys and conducting structured observations.
We evaluate multiple aspects of our programs, including attendance, program quality, and impact, to continuously improve operations, quality, and member outcomes. BCNY follows youth development standards identified by the Search Institute that represent the most widely used standard in youth organizations and can increase the likelihood of positive social behavior. At BCNY, members complete a questionnaire from the Search Institute that enables us to both identify needs and measure progress towards our long-term outcomes, and to measure gains in positive attitudes, behaviors, and self-perceptions. To evaluate our programs, we have developed a series of age-appropriate indicators of core competencies based upon widely-used standards, and have incorporated them into rubrics for each department. Rubrics are completed for each member twice a year, and provide a baseline and post-program record of member achievement. These allow us to understand the impact of each of BCNY's program areas. The following are indicators for each of our program areas:
Academic Support & Enrichment
Indicators: Gains in grade-level equivalency measured with validated NYS core standards-leveled diagnostics, academic achievement and motivation, and secondary and post-secondary school placements.
Character Development & Life Skills
Indicators: Gains in youth developmental assets measured by a validated survey developed by the Search Institute.
Visual & Performing Arts
Indicators: Gains in skills, self-expression, and confidence measured with structured observations.
Mental & Physical Health
Indicators: Physical Health- Gains in skills, sportsmanship and social skills measured with structured observations. Mental Health- Client outcomes and cases closed.
Sports & Recreation
Indicators: Gains in athletic skills, sportsmanship, and social skills are measured with structured observations. Gains in youth developmental assets, tracked using a validated survey developed by the Search Institute, reflect members' growth in developing positive relationships, feelings of belonging, and other pro-social indicators (described under Character Development & Life Skills, above).
The past year was marked by innovative program development, robust program evaluation initiatives, strategic planning, and vigorous curriculum development throughout the organization. An increased focus on meeting the needs of older youth has led to the creation of designated Teen Centers at each of our clubhouses, and the completion of a 3-5 year strategic plan this year has set a strong course for the future. Among the milestones that indicate we have set a successful path are the following program results from 2012:
Participation in our academic programs was high, and end-of-program results were positive. Of 101 participants in READ, our early literacy program, 80 percent made a gain of at least one grade level-equivalency, and 72 percent of participants are now reading at or above grade level.
Teens prepared for the transition to adulthood through programs that built skills and confidence, and encouraged planning. Among College Planning participants, 96 percent felt better prepared for college, 86 percent believed they were more likely to go to college, and 94 percent had a better understanding of financial aid and how to apply for it. 88 percent of Independent school placement participants went immediately to college after graduating from high school last year. Half of our Work Progress Program participants gained their first job experience, and more than half were successfully placed in internships, training programs or jobs.
Through enrichment activities ranging from visual and performing art to sports and recreation, and healthy living activities including physical and mental health programs, members developed skills, expressed themselves, and gained healthy habits. 400 music students took a total of 1,113 ten-week music courses, and 73 percent showed growth in music skills (such as rhythm, sight-reading, and tone).760 members participated in Learn to Swim and 83 percent of participants advanced by at least one American Red Cross certified level.
75 teens participated in Teen Battle Chef, and the culminating “battle" was a well-attended demonstration of the pride and engagement members experienced as they learned to cook nutritious, seasonal food.
Thanks to our Mental Health Department, in the last year, behavior-related incidents were significantly reduced, 98 members participated in Social Work Group Programs, and 137 members received individual counseling.
These are just a few of the successes we're celebrating at BCNY. To hear more about our accomplishments, please read our 2012 Evaluation and Data Report at http://www.bcny.org/about-bcny/bcnys-impact/our-results.
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Mr. William Tyree
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Term: 2016 -
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