**TDLR: Please help me support Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, a non-profit that provides youth development programming to underserved youth throughout New York City. Our support now is critical, as COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting low-income communities. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
We are so appreciative of your support!
Hoping you all are staying safe, happy, and healthy. As many of you know, I support and volunteer for the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, a NYC based non-profit that provides afterschool services and summer youth development programs for underserved youth within NYC. Madison’s five clubhouses located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Harlem provide a safe, stable, and positive place for children ages 6 to 18. Here, they receive academic guidance and emotional support, build trusting relationships with positive mentors, cultivate their interests, and build a second home where they are encouraged to thrive.
Although the Clubhouse doors are closed, Madison has been using Virtual Afterschool Programming (VAP) to continue supporting the youth. While COVID-19 has brought incredible challenges to NYC and worldwide, Madison has continued to be a beacon of support and opportunity for all of the young people who rely on the clubhouses.
As Madison’s programming continues to evolve during this time, Madison Council is committed to responding to this crisis by raising $20,000 to further support the clubhouses’ response efforts. My personal goal is to raise $1,000 to contribute as well.
How can you help? A donation of any size will have an impact and will be appreciated!
Thank you so much in advance, and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions! We are so appreciative of your support!
IMMEDIATE IMPACT OF YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS:
Your support is helping Madison Square to:
--- Provide virtual afterschool programming - both social and academic support
--- Assist families with challenges such as limited home internet access and lack of necessary devices
--- Serve as an information hub for our Madison community - directing members and their families to food and other resources
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON MADISON:
--- Approximately 80,000 hot meals and 40,000 healthy snacks are served to clubhouse members annually
--- Madison’s Project Graduate Program helps teens meet and exceed high school graduation requirements (96% graduation rate) and successfully prepare for and transition to college (90% acceptance rate). Highlights include: one-on-one counseling, support navigating the college, application proces, organized campus visits (pre-covid), and resources to plan for college including scholarship and fellowship information.
--- Madison connected more than 800 members and their families to health information and resources through annual health fairs
--- Youth Empowerment, an evidence-based program that empowers young people to resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, saw 85% of participants increase their knowledge of health, nutrition, and fitness
--- More than 1,200 members participated in the Triple Play activities, which promote the importance of leading a healthy and productive lifestyle