• April Madison Matters

    Member Profile – Rolanda

    Rolanda R., a 13-year old member at the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse and an 8th grader at Star Academy, continues to be a “rising star” at the Clubhouse, says Director of the Future John Johnson. While she maintains a high GPA and dedication to her school work, her biggest passion is athletics.

    At the Clubhouse, Rolanda is able to strike just the right balance between keeping her education a priority and honing her basketball skills. Rolanda knows that athletic success isn’t always guaranteed and has her sights set on academic greatness as well. “I love playing basketball and one day I want to play in the WNBA. That’s after I graduate from UCONN,” she says.

    If playing professional basketball doesn’t work out, Rolanda is considering pursuing her medical degree. “I’m interested in becoming a doctor,” she says. “That’s something that I can control if I work hard and do well! I’m very competitive and I won’t let anything take away from my goals.”

    Rolanda credits the Boys and Girls Club for helping in her development. “I’ve been coming to the Club since I was 9 years old. It’s like a home away from home. The members and the staff are my family!”

    Math in Motion Program

    At our Clubhouses, exploration into the different areas of learning took flight this month when our members visited the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, an American military and maritime history museum in New York City, to kick off the “Math in Motion” program. Members from all four of our Clubhouses climbed aboard the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier and joined the museum’s Education Team to learn about the history, science, and math that goes into creating and flying airplanes. Members and staff were guided through over 30 exhibits that highlight some of history’s most revolutionary aircrafts.

    Continuing through the spring, members will take part in a 4-week long curriculum that will prepare them to create 3-D models of their very own 3-D airplanes. The trip to the museum, in conjunction with the three lesson curriculum, will promote curiosity about the design process of airplanes and encourage members to use critical thinking skills to adjust the details of their model planes. Additionally, our Clubhouse Education Directors were able to learn about the mechanics of 3-D printing to assist in the creation of the members’ model planes.

    STEM learning and an encouraged interest in science, technology, engineering, & math continues to soar at our Clubs, getting our members ready for takeoff!

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Special Events

    Youth of the Year Dinner: April 26, 2016

    A Salute to Style Luncheon: May 16, 2017

    A Night at Yankee Stadium: June 20, 2017

    Golf Tournament: August 7, 2017

    Bronx Grand Gala: June 8, 2017

    Christmas Tree Ball: December 1, 2017

    Clubhouse Health & Safety Fairs

    Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse: Sunday April 30th, 12pm-4pm

    Columbus Clubhouse: Saturday May 13th, 12pm-4pm

    Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse: Saturday May 20th, 12pm-4pm

    Navy Yard Clubhouse: Saturday June 10th, 12pm-4pm


  • March Madison Matters

    Member Profile - Fabrice

    Fabrice M. is seventeen years old and a graduating senior from Midwood High School in Brooklyn. When Fabrice moved to New York from Haiti he was eight years old and knew only three words of English “I love you.” Since joining the Club five months ago, Fabrice has mastered the English language, excels in his academics, and has never missed a day of high school.

    When Fabrice first joined the Club, he was very quiet and guarded but the more he became involved in activities, the more comfortable he became. “The staff at Madison Square Boys & Girls Club really believe in me, and they want me to succeed. I have had many “firsts” at the Club. I went to my first basketball game at Barclay’s Center, first hockey game, first Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, and attended my first teen social,” says Fabrice. His words reiterate the great work our staff do every day – inspire kids to dream big and have hope.

    Education Director, Shana Savage says of Fabrice, “It has been my pleasure to assist him in applying for college, scholarships and now summer jobs. Fabrice always follows through when I need him to bring supporting documentation from home or school. Fabrice is a mature, respectful and responsible young man. He plays by the rules and is very curious about life. Fabrice is looking forward to the next chapter of his academic career: college!

    Arts Program

    Madison’s arts program is one of the most popular programs at our Clubhouses. Through traditional and contemporary arts like drawing, painting, sculpting, and jewelry making to performing arts like dance, music, and theater, our members are able to express themselves, and in some cases, discover a passion they did not know existed.

    Each week, Rhonda Williams, Director of the Arts at the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse in Brooklyn, works with 100 young people. Along the way, she inspires them to be creative, explore new skills, and perhaps most importantly, use art as an outlet to express themselves. Rhonda says, “Our members never cease to amaze me with their creative minds. Whether it is the images they paint, the emotions they portray in their acting, the ability to learn how to play multiple instruments, or how they choreograph and retain choreography for multiple songs. I often ask myself, are these kids only 6, 10, 15 years old?”

    Under Rhonda’s leadership, members of the Murphy Clubhouse have performed at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and the Apollo Theater. And that’s just since September! During her time at the Clubhouse, Rhonda has also been able to direct and produce several productions including The Lion King, Little Shop of Horrors, Jack Frost, and Irie Irie Holidays. Through each production, members have the opportunity to perfect their craft and learn how to sew, act, sing, and do makeup. They also learn how to dance various styles. Each member auditions for a role, builds portfolios, and learns the value of working on a team. Rhonda is even working to get more parents engaged through family paint nights, pageants, and mother-daughter events.

    Madison Square Boys and Girls Club is a place that helps members reach their full potential and discover new things. “The best part of my job is being able to make dreams come true,” says Rhonda.

    Meet our 2017 Youth of the Year

    Ashley Wallen
    Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse Youth of the Year
    Clubhouse member for 2 Years
    18 Years Old
    Future Plans: Teacher

    Anastasia Dosunmu
    Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse Youth of the Year
    Clubhouse member for 3 Years
    18 Years Old
    Future Plans: Nurse

    Kevon Jerome Leary
    Navy Yard Clubhouse Youth of the Year
    Clubhouse member for 10 Years
    17 Years Old
    Future Plans: Professional Athlete

    Victoria Sanchez 
    Columbus Clubhouse Youth of the Year
    Clubhouse member for 11 Years
    17 Years Old
    Future Plans: Pediatric Nurse

  • February Madison Matters

    Member Profile

    Dominic M. is only sixteen years old, but already, he has had a rough life. When Dominic first joined the Columbus Clubhouse in the Bronx three years ago, he often refused to participate in activities, interact with other members, and showed little interest in caring for himself. Completing homework was also a challenge.

    Through proper mentoring, motivation and positive reinforcement from Clubhouse staff, Dominic made a big turn-around. With the encouragement of the Education Director, Marvin Williams, Dominic became involved with Passport to Manhood.

    Passport to Manhood addresses critical issues that young men face during their transition from boyhood to manhood, such as ethics, decision making, wellness, employment and careers, cooperation and conflict, diversity, relationships and self-esteem.

    Through his involvement with Passport, Dominic became more confident and started to see success in school. He has also become more social at the Clubhouse and started making new friends. At the beginning of this school year, Dominic volunteered to be a helper and assist younger members with Homework Help. It is now common to see Dominic reading to younger members, assisting staff, and participating in the many activities that the Clubhouse offers. You can also find him keeping a watchful eye on his two younger siblings at the Clubhouse, ensuring that they complete their homework and have fun.

    Because staff took time to help Dominic open up and socialize, and encouraged him to spend time on school work, he is now a rising leader at the Clubhouse. Dominic is just one example of the impact Madison Square Boys & Girls Club is having on New York City kids! 

    Program Update

    Former U.S.Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “Everyone has a stake in improving STEM education. Inspiring all our students to be capable in math and science will help them contribute in an increasingly technology-based economy…” Madison shares this view and understands the critical importance of Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education for our youth and our communities. 

    The DIY STEM program offers Clubhouse members ages 10-12 the opportunity to participate in do-it-yourself guided activities that focus on different strands of STEM. Participating Club members discover the great things they can create as they explore and engage in hands-on activities that allow them to unearth STEM concepts in exciting, non-traditional ways. 

    Recently, our members have experimented with energy and electricity and engineering and design. As a result, members are becoming more engaged and excited about their next experiment. Take a look at a short video from one experiment here.

    Black History Month Celebrations

    February is Black History Month and our Clubhouses have been celebrating all month long! From movie nights, Black History Trivia day, scavenger hunts, and special football and basketball games honoring historically black colleges and universities, our members have been learning about important figures and facts in our history in a fun and educational way. This year, our members even created their own stage performance honoring music from African American music labels!

    Madison believes that understanding our history is essential to developing a strong moral compass and we encourage members to be creative and ask questions all year long.

  • January Madison Matters


    Eleven year-old Julius C. has been a member at our Columbus Clubhouse for over two years. When Julius first became a member, he had a bad habit of drinking soda, eating junk food, and not participating in many activities. Observing this, the Sports and Fitness Director at the Clubhouse, Marcus Rodgers, gave Julius a special assignment – to help facilitate activities within the gym. In this role, Julius was asked to help set up obstacle courses, games, and other activities, most especially with the younger Club members. Since that experience, he found a new mentor in Marcus, and developed a passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.

    There were a few setbacks along the way – breaking a soda habit is hard! But his mentor worked with him on that and as time passed, Julius began to drink more water. Julius even shared with Marcus that when he is at the store, he thinks about him and their conversations about the pros and cons of drinking soda, and he chooses to buy water instead. With a strict no soda policy at the Clubhouse, Julius has become a great ambassador and now assists staff when he spots a peer drinking an unhealthy beverage.

    Julius has grown into a well-rounded and well-respected member at his Clubhouse. He now coaches and mentors younger members in basketball and soccer and has become a bit of a mentor himself. His awareness for living a healthy lifestyle has shifted dramatically and is still improving daily under the guidance of Marcus and other Clubhouse staff.

    Julius is just one example of the great work and mentorship taking place at our Clubhouses every day.

    To learn more about Triple Play, or any of our other programs, visit us here.


    Eighteen year-old Paul M. from the Thomas S. Murphy received the chance of a lifetime last month when he performed the Star-Spangled Banner at a New York Rangers game. In partnership with the Garden of Dreams Foundation, Paul was offered this amazing opportunity and did not let us down. He electrified the crowd with his rendition of the national anthem on his electric guitar.

    Playing to a crowd of over 12,000, Paul also performed Jimmy Hendrix’s Purple Haze during halftime. The music program at the Murphy Clubhouse, run in partnership with Notes for Notes, is only two years in, but already producing unimaginable talent. Paul is a special teen who actually taught himself to play guitar before receiving formal music instruction from Notes for Notes staff at the Clubhouse.

    We can’t wait to see where his dreams and talents take him!

    Click here to view a short documentary on Paul’s journey to Madison Square Garden.


    The holidays are a season of giving back – and so many of our friends did just that! Volunteers at our partner companies hosted, organized, and delivered gifts to over 800 members during the holidays! Some companies even adopted families and provided much needed gifts like clothing, books, and personal care items.

    For many of our members, the gifts they receive at the Clubhouse are the only ones they’ll receive. We thank our partners at Charles Schwab, Converse, Deloitte, Disney, Old Navy, TaxTerminal.com, TPG Capital, PitCCh In Foundation, and Xaxis for their generosity.

  • Meet our Member, Chassidy!


  • New Yorker of the Week

    We are so proud of our Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse Director, Stan King, for being chosen as NY1's New Yorker of the Week. Click below to see why Stan is so deserving of this honor!


    Click below to check out the full interview with NY1's John Schiumo on "The Call."

  • Summertime Madison Matters

    Madison Members Win Big!

    We are proud to announce that TWO members were recognized for their outstanding entries in the National Competition for Photography and Digital Media. This year, our Columbus Clubhouse entered the competition for the first time after receiving cameras and tablets from our generous partners at Sony. Thanks in part to their support, our members were able to discover new and creative ways to express themselves.

    Damien J. won for his photography submission entitled, “Who Am I?” (photo at left) while Huchela D. won for her vocal submission in the “Music Matters” category with an original song and performance entitled, “Everybody Got a Story.” Out of hundreds of applicants, only 16 national winners were chosen in each category and Damien and Huchela are one of the 16 in their respective categories!

    Click Here to Hear Huchela's Original Song

    Corporate volunteers spend an afternoon of fun at Madison’s Clubs!

    At Madison, we recognize that a supportive relationship with caring adults is one of the key elements to positive youth development. Throughout the summer we have welcomed more than 350 corporate employees who volunteered their time at our Clubhouses, becoming “Members for a Day” while mentoring our kids. These relationships have helped members to discover their strengths, learn to take risks, and explore new interests. And the volunteers enjoyed themselves, too! Here is what some of them had to say about their experience:

    “Madison is a place full of energy, laughter, and hope. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the kids be active, having fun, and learning at the same time. It’s a wonderful environment.”

    “I was surprised at the number of children that Madison is able to help and impact.”

    “I would strongly recommend others volunteer so they may experience how much value Madison adds to so many children during the summer.”

    “My favorite part of the day was playing with the kids and seeing how motivated and collaborative they were during the scavenger hunt.”

    Thank you to Charles Schwab & Co., Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Nestle, Old Navy, PwC, and SocialCode for helping to make the summer such a memorable one for our members!


  • 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.

  • March Madison Matters

    Celebrating the Boys & Girls Club!

    Established in 1884, Madison built its first dedicated Clubhouse in 1939 under Herbert Hoover, then Chairman of the National Association of Boys Clubs. Today, our programs at four Clubhouses in the Bronx and Brooklyn serve more than 5,000 youth each year. As a proud founding member of Boys & Girls Club of America, we were thrilled to celebrate the tremendously positive influence on children and teens at the more than 4,100 Clubhouses across the country during Boys & Girls Club of America week.

    For one week, our members took part in special celebratory activities at our Clubhouses that focused on Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and the adoption of a Healthy Lifestyle.

    Our Teen Pool Party was not only fun and active, but informational as well! Members took part in water safety games and had the opportunity to sign up for various level swim classes.

    Older members of our SMART Girls Program decided to organize a service project right in their Clubhouse and hosted a variety of Big Red Chair times, when they would read to the younger members. Not only did it foster mentoring relationships, but it helped ignite a love of reading for our youngest members!

    Clubhouses hosted an art gallery show, where members showcased various art projects they had created. Pieces were then selected to be submitted into the Boys & Girls Club of America Regional Art Gallery Festival to be held at our Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse on April 16th!


    Meet our 2016 Youth of the Year, Chassidy David!

    Chassidy David joined the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse three years ago and has been a dedicated and involved member ever since! She is now a senior at Talent Unlimited High School and is a member of the National Honor Society. 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. Chassidy is also an integral part of the cultural enrichment department. Chassidy participates in a variety of theatre and drama programs outside of the Club as well, and has represented Madison at Radio City Music Hall through the Garden of Dreams Talent Show sponsored by the Garden of Dreams Foundation. She has also performed at the BGCA Northeast Regional Gala at the American Museum of Natural History.

    During the Youth of the Year selection process Chassidy, along with Columbus Clubhouse’s Daquan Saxon, Joel E. Smilow’s Maylynn Rosario, and Navy Yard’s Kayla Williams, each gave speeches and answered questions about how they lives have changed as members.

    We hope you will join us to hear Chassidy, and her three fellow Youth of the Year representatives, at our 4th Annual Youth of the Year Dinner on Wednesday, April 27th at Chelsea Piers. Click here for more details and to purchase your tickets now!

    Learning is EGGcellent at Madison!

    What better way to learn about the life cycle of a chicken than to hatch one?! Members at our Navy Yard Clubhouse did just that in conjunction with our STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and support from our friends at the Victor Cruz Foundation. Members researched, designed, and created a homemade incubator and have been monitoring the eggs for the past two weeks. Stay tuned for the final results on our social media pages!

    Women, along with members of the African American and Latino population, are startlingly scarce within the math and technology field so we at Madison are proud to offer this comprehensive program to all of our members!

    A few members weighed-in on why the STEM program is important:

    Learning about science at the Clubhouse helps me so much with my science work at school.” –Quianna L.

    Getting to build something makes learning easier and way more fun than if we just had to sit and listen. I love being able to ask the Club staff questions because they always take the time to answer.” –Darius E.

    Getting to build projects and see how things work from start to finish makes learning so much more fun.” Trevaun T.

  • February Madison matters

    Making College a Priority!

    College access and success is always a priority here at Madison, so no better time to explore the endless possibilities than during Black History Month! Members at our Columbus Clubhouse took part in a Historically Black College and University virtual tour and learned about the rich history behind these barrier-breaking institutions. Colleges the members e-toured included Spelman College, Morehouse College, South Carolina State University, Texas Southern University, and Alabama State University.

    At Madison, we know that navigating the college application process is a daunting task that can deter many of our often times first-generation college students from applying. Through our Project Graduate program, members receive individual guidance and support as they explore the post high school decision making process.

    We are so proud to say that 96% of our Project Graduate seniors graduated from high school and 100% applied to attend college!

    A special thanks to Yahoo! for supporting our program and empowering our members to know if they can dream it, they can achieve it!

    Madison Celebrates Black History Month

    Throughout the month of February, our four Clubhouses celebrated Black History Month. Members listened to famous speeches, debated laws, studied the civil war and civil rights movements. Our members also learned about and discussed the impact of leaders in the black community including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Toni Morrison, Frederick Douglass, Maya Angelou, and President Obama.

    At Madison, we believe that understanding our history is essential to developing a strong moral compass and practicing Good Character & Citizenship at home, in the Clubhouses, and in their communities. Our members are encouraged to explore their ancestry and discuss how it is applicable in today’s society. We are proud to be empowering the next generation of leaders.

    Says 9-year-old Zxionn E. “I’m celebrating Black History Month because we have civil rights and our ancestors worked hard to be the greatest they could be.



  • Our 49th Annual Christmas Tree Ball Featured in the New York Times Sunday Style Section


  • Out of Trouble and Into Mentorship

    Lisuini P., a shining star at our Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse, wrote an article for Youth Communication, about the positive impact the Clubhouse has had on him. We are so proud of you, Lisuini!

    In elementary school, I was a quiet but bad kid. I was not social, I would sometimes fight or talk disrespectfully to people, and I had poor grades.

    My attitude about school was that it was a place to sit and do nothing. For example, one day in the 4th grade I fell asleep in class. My teacher said, “Look at this lazy boy sleeping.” “What you going to do? I don’t care if you kick me out,” I shouted back. She escorted me out of her room and I sat in another classroom to cool off, but when I returned to class I ignored her when she talked to me.

    After school, I liked roaming the streets and going to the park until it got dark. I just wanted to have fun, and I didn’t want to go home. When I started 5th grade I noticed the park becoming more dangerous and frequent, random fights breaking out. I got used to it. And thankfully, nobody bothered me.

    But when my mom learned that the park wasn’t safe, she registered me at Madison Square Boys & Girls Club across the street from Erasmus High School in my Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush. I didn’t mind going there; it’s not like hanging out in the park every day was all that fun. I would shoot hoops for a while, take a break, and then get back to shooting hoops.

    I was shy and it seemed like everybody knew each other and I felt insecure. I felt like everybody was stronger and bigger than me and they were all five times better than me at sports. If there was a flag football game I would usually get picked last. 

    Cool, Laid Back, and Organized

    But eventually I made friends and felt more at home. In fact, even though I had behavior issues like talking back to people or giving them attitude, I never acted up at the Boys & Girls Club. Everything is organized and there are kind staff who listen to your problems. Most of them are cool and laid back with the kids unless things start getting rowdy. Then they take command and keep everybody under control.

    After two years, I found the organized environment made it easier for me to do well in school. Kids are broken up into three age groups, and there are schedules for each, and staggered trips to the gym and indoor pool. They also have designated study times called Power Hour that are in quiet rooms. We’re all respectful of each other. I read a lot there, something I love doing but I need it to be peaceful. In school there is constant fighting and gossiping. At home my two younger siblings often distract me.

    When I was in 7th grade I took part in a program there called Passport to Manhood. It focused on what it means to be a man. We discussed how to have healthy relationships with family, friends, and even strangers; how to be gentlemen; and why you should respect women. This program made me a better person because I became more respectful toward women and a little more social.

    At Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, I feel welcome and safe. If there’s an argument between kids, the staff talks with them and they make peace. One kid was bullying me because I wasn’t good enough at basketball but one of the staff said to him, “Look at it this way: At least he’s trying and working hard, he’s not scared to play defense on none of you, and you got to give him respect for that.” The kid apologized and then we actually became friends.

    I Became a Role Model

    Last year was the first time I was old enough to mentor the younger kids. I coach flag football and basketball. After their games I tell them what they did right and what they have to do to improve. Some of the kids talk to me about their problems outside the club and I try to help them. I wouldn’t be this generous if it wasn’t for the people in the Boys & Girls Club; they changed me. Having younger kids look up to me makes me feel proud.

    I recently signed up for a program called PGP or Project Graduate Program. Mr. Johnson, the person in charge of this program, organizes trips to various colleges, shares information, and also gives us advice about how to apply to college and what to expect once you get there. Thanks to him, attending college is a realistic goal for me.

    In the beginning of the school year I made the basketball teams both at school and at the club. This began affecting my grades; when I got home most nights I’d be too exhausted to do any homework. They were good enough for me to stay on the school team—you had to have above a 70—but I knew I was smarter than that. Since other kids were struggling, my coach at the club started a study group; if we didn’t come, we couldn’t play in the next game. It got me on track with my homework and my grades improved.

    The staff at Madison continue to help me grow to be the best person I can be. They changed the course of my life. I went from being a trouble-making kid to a calm and relaxed kid. Now I’m always looking for a way to better myself and the people around me.

  • New York Giants Player Victor Cruz Inspires our Youth!

    Steiner Sports, in conjunction with SONY and YES! TV network, visited our Columbus Clubhouse and filmed their amazing donation as a part of their “Hook-Up” show on the YES network. New York Giants player Victor Cruz was on hand to talk to our members about the importance of education, specifically the STEM programs. SONY donated cameras, tablets, and a flat screen television to help launch our photography program.

    After announcing that his foundation would also be making a generous donation to Madison, Victor had some words of encouragement for our members. "Don't let anyone tell you that you can't succeed. You can do anything you put your mind to, I promise!"

    Watch the YES! network segment here.

  • Round Up with Rite Aid!


    Supporting Madison has never been easier now that we have partnered with Rite Aid and their KidCents program. Wellness+ and Plenti cardmembers can make an immediate difference byenrolling in KidCents now! Once you do, your in-store & online purchases will be rounded up to the next whole dollar amount and yourchange will go to programs that make a meaningful difference in the lives of children in NYC.

    Rounding up to the nearest dollar for KidCents may not seem like you're making a big difference, but we promise it makes a big difference to the youth we serve at our four Clubhouses! If you’re already a Rite Aid customer, it’s easy to get started! If you're not a Rite Aid customer, simply register for your Plenti card online and then follow the steps below, too.

    1. Sign into your wellness+ account at KidCents.com

    2. After logging in, choose the “select a charity” option, search for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and select us as your charity of choice.

    3. Each time you shop round up your change to help us make a difference in our communities!

  • October Madison Matters

    Pasta Wednesdays mean fun for all!

    Thanks to our friends at Barilla Restaurants, our Wednesdays no longer mean middle of the week blues! Thanks to their “Share the Table” program, the members of our Navy Yard Clubhouse are treated to a delicious and nutritious pasta meal, complete with meatballs and vegetable-infused sauce, every Wednesday!

    In an effort to combat the ever-growing childhood obesity rates, Madison works diligently to empower our youth to live a Healthy Lifestyle and make good choices about a balanced diet and exercise while making positive lifestyle decisions for their bodies. Last year alone, more than 80,000 hot meals and 40,000 healthy snacks were served at our Clubhouses.

    Check out the inaugural pasta dinner here,where famed Chef Alfonso Sanna, the Executive Chef at Academia Barilla Restaurants, came to the Clubhouse to specially prepare the pasta feast for our members!


    Madison Members are making moves toward a Great Future!

    Fall at Madison is a fun and exciting time for all. Members are in full-swing back at school and in their Clubhouses, planning for their academic success, learning about making healthy choices, and organizing community service projects.

    Did you know...

    · On average, 959 youth took part in our programs across our four Clubhouses every day last year.

    · 96% of our Project Graduate seniors graduated from high school and 94% that applied to college were accepted to attend.

    · 87% of our members developed conflict resolution skills because of their Clubhouse programs and experience.

    · 92% of our teens reported no involvement with the juvenile justice system last year.

    · 93% of our members took part in regular, moderate-to-physical activity during their afternoons and weekends at the Clubs.


    Go, Runners, Go!

    In preparation for the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 1st, members of our Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse gave back to their community by cheering on the runners of the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in Brooklyn. Members made signs, celebrated the runners, and worked at the water stations along the course.

    Our members will now be ready to cheer on our Miles for Madison team as they run the 26.2 miles through Manhattan’s five boroughs. Each team member has been training—and fundraising—for months now, and we are so proud of their extraordinary efforts. All the money raised through the Miles for Madison team will directly fund our award-winning youth development programs at our four Clubhouses throughout Brooklyn and the Bronx.

    Are you going to be supporting the Marathon runners?! Be sure to use the hashtag #MilesforMadison and be on the lookout for our team! Find out more about the team—there’s still time to donate!


  • Be the Change with ChangUr!

    We are so proud to be the exclusive youth development charity of choice for ChāngUr, a brand new way to make a big difference in the lives of our members through small donations. ChāngUr is a new, patented technology that allows you to collect digital spare change from your debit and credit transactions; and then donate that money to Madison! Click here to start making a big difference with a little change now!


  • September at Madison!

    Thanks to our amazing partners!

    At Madison we recognize that a supportive relationship with caring adults is one of the key elements to positive youth development. Through these relationships, members discover their strengths, are encouraged to take risks and learn from mistakes, and are provided with a variety of opportunities that encourage the development of new interests.

    This summer, we were thrilled to welcome more than 270 volunteers from American Express, Con Edison, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, PwC, Santander, Salesforce, and Yahoo! who helped beautify our Clubhouses and spent over 90 hours with our youth as inspiring mentors for a day.

    Whether we are getting our members excited about reading or inspiring them to pursue college and seek a challenging and rewarding career, the generosity of our Corporate Volunteers has enabled Madison to provide diverse academic enrichment opportunities for our members. Thank you all for empowering our members and volunteering your time this summer!

    Mentoring tomorrow’s leaders

    We believe that by providing our youth access to positive and productive after-school and summer programs as well as caring adult mentors, children can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the path to a successful future.

    Our teen population can be particularly vulnerable to the dangers and pitfalls of their surrounding communities, so we partnered with Con Edison employees to serve on college and career panels at two of our Clubhouses. Volunteers spent time with teens in our Project Graduate program, answering questions about college and their career paths and also offered great advice to our teens. At each Clubhouse, there was time for informal networking so teens were able to receive one-on-one advice from Con Edison volunteers.

    Through the Project Graduate program, our youth receive academic support, one-on-mentoring, and timely intervention for those at-risk of dropping out of school. Members are also provided with individualized guidance and specific skill-building opportunities so that they not only meet high school graduation requirements, but also successfully navigate the college application process.

    Celebrating our kids!

    What better way to welcome fall than to celebrate a new year at the Clubhouses! More than 200 new and current members, along with their families, got excited for the year as they ran obstacles courses, did arts and crafts, and took part in educational and fun carnival activities at our 8th Annual Day for Kids!

    The day showcases the importance of adults spending positive and productive time with our youth. Community partners and members of our Madison Council made the day extra special by dedicating their time. Each child that walks through our Clubhouse doors is told they are special, and important, and capable of fulfilling their wildest dreams, so we thank our supporters for helping us empower our members. A special thank you to Disney for providing backpacks for the new school year for all the children who attended!


  • Summertime at Madison!

    With summer half way done, we wanted to take a minute to fill you in on some of the incredibly exciting and enriching programs that have been happening at our Clubhouses every day!

    According to the National Summer Learning Association, most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math skills over the summer months, with low-income students losing more than two months in reading achievement. We are proud to provide more than 600 of our Clubhouse members with access to critical learning programs and opportunities that combat these statistics and provide them with an outlet to be successful and productive citizens!

    At Madison, we encourage members to become caring, responsible members of their community and offer as many hands-on experiences as possible to understand what that means. Last week, our members took a tour of the United Nations and met with delegates from around the globe. They then sat down and met with the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi, to whom they spoke about the various issues facing not only their own communities, but the youth communities around the world. Together, they brainstormed service projects and other cultural enrichment activities that will promote peace and unity not just here in New York but around the world.


    While nearly 70% of African-American children do not know how to swim, our program is working to effectively combat that frightening statistic. During the year, more than 700 members participate in our aquatics program, and the summertime is no different! Throughout the summer, our members take part in swimming lessons, swim meets, and lifeguard training programs at our Clubhouse’s pools. Water safety AND fun?! You can’t beat it!




    Academic Success is a top priority here at Madison, so when we can combine a love of learning with some good old fashioned fun, everybody wins! This summer, our members have been enhancing their computer and technology skills through a hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program. Members are given bridge specifications and materials and then work together in teams to build the best bridge possible using their math skills! With women a startling minority within the math and technology field, Madison is proud to offer this comprehensive program to all of our members!

    Believing in the power of partnerships, Madison worked together with SuitUp which is an organization that “brings Corporate America into the classroom.” With more than 80 staff members from Guggenheim Partners on hand, our members worked together to build a sneaker brand from start to finish! From conceptualizing the sneaker, to marketing, advertising, and then creating and presenting the final product, our members were able to see how various industries are connected and how much goes into launching just one product within a brand.


  • Meet Walida!

  • Great Partnerships Start Here!


    Applebee's and the Brooklyn Nets joined forces to take our Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse’ Discovery Zone to another dimension. On Thursday April 23rd, our Learning Center aka The Discovery Zone hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiled a brand new, state-of-the-art learning center for our children ages 6-12. 

    The new learning center includes a custom wall mural with a “When I grow up I can be…” theme, custom-made work stations, brand new furniture, a video monitor, as well as a reading area for the children equipped with 10 Samsung 10” Tablets. The initiative is part of the Applebee’s Legacy Project, which strives to maintain active involvement within the community and give back in a way that changes lives for the better.

    The Brooklyn Nets Assist program is aligned with our Academic Success Priority outcome. It supports four key pillars: Education, Athletics, Health & Wellness, and Community Development. Brooklyn Nets Assist is proudly presented by Baked In Brooklyn. Maimonides Medical Center is also a supporting sponsor of Brooklyn Nets Assist.

  • Learning is Fun here at Madison!

    Academic Success is a top priority here at Madison, so when we can combine a love of learning with some star-studded fun, everybody wins! Together in partnership with Learn Fresh, our members had the opportunity to take part in an NBA Math Hoops championship at our Navy Yard Clubhouse, which furthered Madison’s commitment to ensure an early love of learning.

    Brooklyn Nets player Darius Morris cheered our members on as they took part in a friendly competition while playing the basketball board game, allowing our members to learn fundamental math skills all while having a great time! Players drafted a team of NBA and WNBA players, then used statistics and solved math problems to advance.

    Every day, Madison provides homework help and academic enrichment, mentors young people who are at risk for dropping out of school, offers resources so members can build their computer and technology skills, and guides members to explore potential careers and navigate the college application process. Learning is fun here at Madison!

  • Stan King Honored at Barclays Center

    Our very own Stan King has been recognized by the Brooklyn Nets as one of Brooklyn’s “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things” as part of Black History Month. Stan is the Director at our Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse in Brooklyn, and has been with Madison for more than 18 years. We are so proud of his sincere commitment and passion to saving and enhancing the lives of our members, and are thrilled that others can witness what a wonderful youth development professional he truly is!

    Across all of our Clubs, members develop meaningful relationships with both their peers and adults. Our staff develops supportive relationships with each member, demonstrating warmth, caring, appreciation, acceptance, and proper guidance so that each child feels a sense of recognition and belonging.

  • Madison Youth of the Year Win Scholarship at the All Star Game

    Our very own Youth of the Year, Luz Maria Negron and Joshua Lebrun (both pictured on the far left) were selected to receive a $10,000 college scholarship and got to participate in a variety of events for the 2015 NBA All Star game! Special thanks to Taco Bell for their partnership and generosity!

  • January Madison Matters


    Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy lives on at Madison!

    This past Monday marked the celebration of an incredible leader in the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. and, throughout this past week, members of all ages have taken part in programs and workshops to learn more about his legacy.

    In a world where, more often than not, violence is the first form of public displays of opinion, our members studied the story of “Selma” and gained perspective on the true meaning of a peaceful protest through marching in unison for a cause. We believe that children who are empowered to develop strong character and learn positive and effective strategies for responding to conflict are more likely to be productive and successful members of society.

    During these discussions, our members were able to express issues that they would like to march for including better relationships with the police force and reducing crimes in their schools. They were empowered to see themselves as engaged citizens whose life and voice matters and can be heard through peaceful and constructive demonstrations, just like Martin Luther King, Jr.  

    Members heard and discussed Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, and put together a video of themselves repeating his iconic words.

    Thanks to the our wonderful partners at the Vivendi Create Joy Fund, our members experience the joys of filmmaking firsthand through our Reel Skills program.

    Our Young Professionals brought a sled full of holiday cheer to our children!

    This past holiday season marked a special time at Madison, when our young professionals group came together to provide more than 150 holiday gifts for our members and their families. Special events and holidays can be especially challenging for some in the communities we serve, and we are honored to be able to assist in spreading joy!

    Want to meet some of our amazing members? You can! Come to one of our open houses and experience first-hand just how fun it is to be a Club kid through member-led tours and activities. We hope to see you on Thursday, January 29th or Monday, February 23rd. Click here for more information!

    We also welcome any young professional who would like to get involved and serve as a Madison ambassador to join our Madison Council and start making a difference in the life of a child today. Together, we can save and enhance the lives of thousands of youth who rely on Madison as a safe, constructive, and fun home away from home.

    Click here for more information joining the Madison Council.

  • Join the Madison Council!

    Interested in getting more involved in the non-profit world to make a critical difference in the lives of New York City's most undeserved youth? If so, we hope you will consider joining our newly formed Madison Council. 

    The Council's vision is to cultivate a diverse group of dedicated professionals in their twenties and thirties who are committed to advancing the Club’s mission of saving and enhancing the lives of New York City youth, all while enjoying the benefits of networking with like-minded individuals, acquiring skills and practicing leadership in a dynamic and safe environment.

    Click here to find out more, or join us for an open house: 

    Thursday, January 29th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at our Navy Yard Clubhouse

    Monday, February 23rd from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at our Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse


  • Happy Holidays from Madison!

    Happy Holidays from all of us at Madison! Cheers to a happy, healthy, and empowering 2015!


  • Our 48th Annual Christmas Tree Ball!

    Madison Square Boys & Girls Club held its 48th Annual Christmas Tree Ball on December 5th at Cipriani 42nd Street. The Ball featured cocktails, dinner and dancing with silent and live auctions that raised more then $1 million for our members!

    "This exciting occasion marked Madison’s 130th year of saving and enhancing the lives of New York City children," said Executive Director Joseph Patuleia. "For more than a century, Madison has been a defining presence in the New York City community, establishing its expertise and excellence in youth development. And we could not do it without our amazing supporters.”

    Two Club members from Madison’s Youth of the Year program, Luz Maria Negron and Joshua Lebrun served as the Masters of Ceremonies, while our Columbus Clubhouse dance team wowed the crowd with a show-stopping performance! The crowd was also treated to a special performance by Madison’s own superstar, Huchela DelaCruz, and heard from Madison Alumnus and Keynote Speaker Captain Robert Smith.

    Check out photos here!

  • Support Madison this Holiday Season!

    Remember to choose Madison as your charity of choice when shopping on Amazon.com during this holiday season. Simply click here, search for Madison by name, and shop! Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase back to Madison all year long.


  • Luc thrives at Penn State

    Luc-Stephon is a first-generation college student who dared to dream big. During his time at the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse, Luc-Stephon was named the 2013 Clubhouse Youth of the Year and took advantage of the various college-bound programs and college tours that were offered.

    “The college tours that I went on with my Clubhouse made deciding on a school less overwhelming and helped me to really figure out what I wanted when it came to a college environment.”

    Luc-Stephon is currently a freshman at Penn State University where he is studying to be an electrical engineer. “My time at my Clubhouse taught me things that I use every day now that I am away at college: take responsibility for yourself and your actions, work together with your peers, go to class, maintain good study habits, and work hard. And Mr. King, the Clubhouse Director, still calls to check in on me and make sure I am going to class! I know that the Club will support me as I work toward my degree.”

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