Making Music in Brooklyn

As we continue to renovate our Clubhouses and open up new opportunities for our members, we are excited to share news about our latest project: the opening of the new Notes for Notes Studio at our Navy Yard Clubhouse.

With the goal of continuing to expand Madison’s performing arts programs, the new music studio, made possible by a grant from The Garden of Dreams Foundation, our Navy Yard Clubhouse becomes the third Clubhouse with a state of the art music facility. The ribbon cutting, which took place on Tuesday July 17th included support from Garden of Dreams Board Members Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of legendary hip-hop group RUN DMC and model and Madison alumna Damaris Lewis.

Later this year, Madison will be opening new studios in the remaining Clubhouses, including a location in our new Pinkerton Clubhouse in Harlem. The addition of the recording studios will give Madison’s 5,000 members the chance to explore their passions, identify new talents, and dream bigger than they thought possible.

For coverage of the event, watch coverage of the ribbon-cutting ceremony from News12 here: http://brooklyn.news12.com/story/38668977/boys-and-girls-club-gets-recording-studio-for-emerging-musicians-in-fort-greene.

Staff Spotlight: Yolanda Roberson, Columbus Clubhouse

At Madison, our goal is to make an impact on our young people that lasts a lifetime. For Yolanda Roberson-Porter, Clubhouse Director at our Columbus Clubhouse, this couldn’t be truer. Once a member, Yolanda continues to provide guidance and leadership for a new generation of Bronx youth.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your role is at Madison.

A: My name is Yolanda Roberson-Porter. I am originally from the Bronx, NY. I went to Truman High School, South Carolina State University for my B.S. and Monroe College for my MBA. I am now the Clubhouse Director at Madison’s Columbus Clubhouse and my primary role is to oversee the operations at the Club. I am responsible for membership, community outreach, sponsorship, personnel and a yearly budget.

Q: How did you end up at the Columbus Clubhouse and Madison Square Boys & Girls Club?

A: I went to the Columbus Clubhouse as a kid and lived right down the block. I always came back to volunteer and while I was laid off and in grad school I was offered the Project Graduate Program Coordinator position. I then moved to the Empowerment Director role, then the Assistant Clubhouse Director and now Clubhouse Director.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Madison and working with the members every day?

A: I can’t say I have one favorite thing about being at the Clubhouse. It really touches my heart when I am missed. If I am absent for any reason there is always a member or parent who notices and asks if I am OK or tells me that I was missed. Being able to mentor and be a leader is rewarding in itself. I try my best to lead by example. The members definitely keep me humble and feeling young!

Q: What do you hope to accomplish this summer and upcoming year at the Club?

A: I hope that all members have a good time while enrolled in Club Fun. I also hope that the overall culture of the Clubhouse fosters creativity, growth and just good old plain FUN.

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Special Events

Fore the Kids Golf Tournament: August 6, 2018

Christmas Tree Ball: November 30, 2018