June Madison Matters

Meet the New York State Youth of the Year…our very own Chassidy David!

My experience at Madison has been nothing short of a blessing. I have grown so much because of the countless opportunities and programs that were open to me. It is at the Club where I am able to forget about any troubles and receive all the love, encouragement, and support I need. To be a member of the Club is truly an opportunity to be a part of greatness.”-Chassidy David

We are so proud to announce that Madison’s Youth of the Year, Chassidy David, has been selected as the New York State Youth of the Year!

Chassidy joined our Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse three years ago and has been a dedicated and involved member ever since! Her activities at the Club include serving as President of Keystone Club and as a member of Project Graduate, SMART Girls, and the Youth Empowerment Program. An integral part of the cultural enrichment department, she participates in a variety of theatre and drama programs both in and out of the Club. She has performed at Radio City Music Hall through the Garden of Dreams Talent Show and at the BGCA Northeast Regional Gala held at the American Museum of Natural History.

Chassidy is graduating from high school this Friday and plans to attend Emerson College in Boston this fall. But first, she will represent not only Madison, but the more than 50 Boys & Girls Clubs and 168,000 youth in New York State at the Northeast Regional Youth of the Year Event in early August. Stay tuned for her success!

To hear Chassidy’s story in her own words, click here.

Making College Success a Reality for our Members!

Did you know that only 11% of low-income students complete their college degrees?!  At Madison, our programs empower our members to navigate the college acceptance process and graduate from high school with a plan for the future. But that’s not enough! We know that in order for our members to succeed in life, they need guidance and support during their college years so we launched our College Success Initiative to do just that! Through identifying and addressing the specific challenges that affect members’ college success, we believe that each of our members can succeed.

Elijah J. is determined to not be in the 89% who do not complete college. A Madison member since he was 6 years old, Elijah graduated from high school and was accepted to attend his dream college more than eight hours away from the city. Non-academic costs including food and housing expenses became a struggle as they do for so many, and led Elijah to drop out and return home after one semester. 

The next few years were not easy, as there always seemed to be one more obstacle thrown in his path on the way to a college degree. Elijah began working at his Clubhouse when the advisor for our College Success Initiative discovered his story and the rest, as they say, is history! She helped him to navigate the application process, apply for financial aid, and get organized with his goals. We are so proud to say that Elijah both applied for and was accepted to Medgar Evers College and will begin this fall.

Thank you to Yahoo! for your outstanding support of our College Success Initiative.

Did you know?!

Although the high school graduation rate in NYC rose to 70% in 2015, only 42% of these graduating students were considered college ready.

In 2015, 96% of the members in our Project Graduate program graduate from high school on time, with 100% of those seniors applying to institutions of higher learning, and 94% of those accepted to attend.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. Awarded First Annual Alumni Award

What Madison does, more than anything, is to let our children fall and give them the strength and the courage to stand back up. You are investing in the future leaders of the Bronx.” –Bronx President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

This past month we were honored to recognize Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. with the first annual Alumni Award at our Bronx Grand Gala. President Diaz, an alumnus of our Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse, has been a tireless advocate for our members during his time in office and we are proud of our ongoing partnership.  

During his speech, President Diaz said, “Our children need resources, not sympathy. It is up to us to make sure their spirits are healthy and if you give them what they need to succeed, they will conquer the world. You give a Bronx kid a basketball, he is going to the NBA. You give our children the resources they need and there is nothing they can’t do.

We were also thrilled to honor Man of the Year, Lenny Caro; Woman of the Year, Sandra Erickson; and former Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse Director Ralph Porter with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

To view photos from the event, click here.