• APRIL MADISON MATTERS

    Together We Dream

    On March 27th, members from across our Clubhouses participated in a once in a lifetime opportunity: performing on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall.

    In early February, our members had the chance to audition for The Garden of Dreams Foundation’s Talent Show. Members from three of our four Clubhouses were chosen to perform and spent two months rehearsing and getting ready for their moment in the spotlight.

    This year’s theme “Together We Dream,” embodied the feeling of community and togetherness, celebrating each other while embracing what makes us all connected. More than 15 Madison members sang and danced for the show’s over 6,000 attendees. In all, Madison members made up four of the twenty acts that evening.

    Congratulations to all of our incredibly talented boys & girls who took center stage & thank you to The Garden of Dreams Foundation for an unforgettable experience.

    Ready to Rock

    Last month, the halls of the Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse got a little more musical. The Garden of Dreams Foundation, in partnership with Notes for Notes, unveiled a brand-new music recording studio and our Bronx members could not be more excited.

    The unveiling of the new music studio was a star-studded event! Garden of Dreams Board Member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of legendary hip-hop group RUN DMC and Notes for Notes Board Member musician Robert Randolph were there to lend some advice and guidance when the doors to the new space opened. Model and Madison alumna Damaris Lewis was also there to sing a few bars with the excited members. The project was made possible by an overall $1.9 million grant, which provides brand new studios and programming support to each of Madison’s locations, from The Garden of Dreams Foundation.

    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.

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Upcoming Special Events

    Salute to Style Luncheon: April 18, 2018

    Youth of the Year Dinner: May 23, 2018

    Bronx Grand Gala: June 14, 2018

    A Night at Yankees Stadium: May 25, 2018

    Fore the Kids Golf Tournament: August 6, 2018

    Christmas Tree Ball: November 30, 2018

  • MARCH MADISON MATTERS

    Black History Reimagined

    The legendary Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

    At Madison, our members are constantly challenged to reflect on the opportunities they are given, learn how history has affected their journeys, and understand how their lives may be different without the trailblazers who came before them.

    Black History Month served as a source of celebration and education for members across our four Clubhouses. In Brooklyn, Juniors at our Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse used the arts as a way to express their gratitude toward civil rights heroes. Members worked on digital projects, photoshoots, and performances to commemorate the challenges historical figures faced on their paths toward justice. In the Bronx, members at our Columbus Clubhouse hosted a Black History Month celebration to salute the successes of their heroes.

    Overall, members at all Clubs used February to reflect on the challenges of those who came before them, the impact of their success, and the difference these figures have made on their lives. Members were left feeling inspired and with a renewed sense of hope for the future.

    Next Stop: College!

    With spring just around the corner, our Project Graduate members are getting ready to make some pretty big decisions, including where to go to college. The process behind applying for higher-education, visiting schools, and finding the best fit can be daunting, but with the help of our Clubhouse staff, members are truly set up for success.

    Navigating the world of college applications is made manageable thanks to amazing staff that help run our Project Graduate Program across all four Clubhouses. One such staff member, Martha Sotelo, Director of Future and Options at the Columbus Clubhouse is giving her teens the chance to explore their next steps.

    Recently, PGP participants have had the chance to hear from few guest speakers, focusing on entrepreneurship, the challenges they faced, as well as advice on steps to success. Additionally, members have had the opportunity to visit some campuses including SUNY Delhi, Mercy College, Lincoln University and Franklin & Marshall. Teens got the chance to experience a real day in the life of a college student and visited lectures, dined in the Student Hall Centers, and even get a peek at dorm life. Finally, the Columbus Clubhouse hosted a small college fair where counselors from Mercy College, Baruch and Concordia College answered questions, provided tips and advice, and familiarized our members with their programs.

    Because of staff members like Martha, and thanks to the support of our partners like Wells Fargo, our members are taught that there is no limit to their potential.

    We thank Wells Fargo for their support of the Project Graduate program. 

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Upcoming Special Events

    Salute to Style Luncheon: April 18, 2018

    Youth of the Year Dinner: May 23, 2018

    Bronx Grand Gala: June 14, 2018

    A Night at Yankees Stadium: June 2018

    Fore the Kids Golf Tournament: August 6, 2018

    Christmas Tree Ball: November 30, 2018

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