August Madison Matters

A Trip Around the World

This summer, our members and staff have taken the time to visit some pretty cool places around New York City. In keeping with our priority outcome areas, our Clubs have been learning a lot and having fun in the process. One of those experiences was in partnership with United Nations Partners.

Teens from our Murphy Clubhouse took a trip around the world when they were visited by guests of the United Nations Partners, including special guest: Ms. Kaidee from Thailand. The goal of the United Nations Partners is to engage youth from urban areas and connect them with international cultural experiences.

During a session to the Murphy Clubhouse, Ms. Kaidee introduced our members to Thai culture. Members learned some basic language skills, experienced Thai dancing, and were even able to try on some traditional clothing from Thailand! Ms. Kaidee talked about her experience of living in the U.S. and members were connected via video chat to a student currently living Thailand.

A few weeks after her visit, Ms. Kaidee opened up her kitchen and restaurant to our teens, teaching them how to prepare Vegan Thai cuisine, and furthering their education on Thai culture, mannerisms, music, and traditions.

Ms. Kaidee hopes to finish her lesson later this summer by taking our teens to the Thai Consulate and eventually a tour of the United Nations!

Giving Back – Goldman Sachs Community Team Works

During the month of July, Madison had some special visitors at each of our four Clubhouses. Employees from Goldman Sachs, in conjunction with their Community TeamWorks program, spent four fun-filled days getting to know our members, learning how our Clubhouses operate, and spending time with our members through various activities.

Volunteers were able to interact one-on-one with Club Fun members ages 6-13 through reading, helping with crafts, playing board games, and more. It takes just one hour to make a difference in a child’s life. Having adults share their time with our kids makes a big difference in their lives – and is also a rewarding experience for the volunteers.

For our members who are getting ready to head to high school, the Goldman Sachs volunteers were especially helpful as they were able to pick the brains of the young professionals who are on the brink of college graduation and learn more about how they navigated some big decisions our member will soon be facing.

Between activities like Q&A panels, participating in Summer Brain Gain exercises, or playing in the gym, Goldman Sachs volunteers provided an amazing experience for our members. Thank you Goldman Sachs for spending part of your summer with us!

Club Fun Update: Teen Nights

While our Club Fun program is only for members 6-13, don’t think we forgot about our teens! Across all four Clubhouses, teen members have had the opportunity to spend some of their evenings at their home away from home: the Clubhouse.

Our teens have been busy this summer, learning a lot and spending time with their favorite staff and friends. With a focus on our priority outcome areas, members have been participating in activities that enhance the Club curriculum during the school year.

Some highlights include basketball tournaments and camps where teen members battled it out on the court and stayed active in the process, prepping for next year’s Youth of Year the program to ensure they are engaging in community and educational activities required for participation, service activities that included sorting healthy snacks like fruits and veggies to distribute to younger members, workshops to learn about new fashion trends and makeup techniques, youth empowerment programs that teach positive life choices, as well as many more!

With back to school fast approaching, we can tell that all our members are excited for a new year at the Club.

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Special Events

Christmas Tree Ball: December 1st

2018 Youth of the Year Dinner: May 23rd, 2018