Beyond Our Doors
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BCNY is thrilled when any of our members are
accepted to a university or college where they will have the opportunity to pursue
higher education. However, despite
the generous support many of the college students receive, some still struggle
to afford the necessary college textbooks, a cost that can add up to more than
$1,000 every academic year. Your gift today will ease that burden for several
of our members. Please make a donation and join the BCNY Family in preparing
these young men to be positive role models and contributing members of our
Click here to learn more about the cost of college books.
2011 ISP Graduates
philanthropist and entrepreneur E. H. Harriman founded New York City’s first
Boys’ Club with the goal of getting inner-city boys off the streets of the
Lower East Side and into a place where they would be safe, learn better
manners, and engage in more productive activities. The original clubhouse
started with three boys, and daily attendance averaged less than 100 during the
first five years. While our core mission of providing a safe haven from the
streets has remained constant, our vision and range of programs have expanded
dramatically since our humble beginnings.
We have moved from being simply a refuge from the dangers of urban life
to an organization that encourages boys and young men to seek the highest
standards of scholarship, moral development, and physical achievement. We offer hope for a better future and
challenge boys to reach their full potential. Along with encouragement, we
provide boys the opportunity to acquire skills to make their goals a reality.
For without hope for the future, boys have no reason to strive; but without the
skills to achieve their dreams, hope is just an empty promise.
Members go White Water Rafting
Today, BCNY serves
nearly 4,000 boys who are members of our three full-service clubhouses –
Harriman on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr. in East Harlem,
and the Marion McMahon Abbe in Flushing, Queens. In our 136 years of continuous
operation, BCNY has positively influenced the lives of nearly a million young men. While our
history is impressive and something we are very proud of, what is most
important is that we develop our programs and services to ensure that we can
continue to effectively meet the emerging needs of New York City’s boys.
Current ISP Members
About the BCNY
Independent School Placement Program
Established in 1957,
the ISP Program is the nation’s oldest of its kind. Since its inception, the program has successfully graduated
over 1,800 young men. Each year,
BCNY supports over 250 students in independent day and boarding schools
throughout the country. The
program monitors student progress and conducts school visits. It also offers workshops and seminars
for all participants (and their families) throughout the academic year. Close contact is maintained with school
officials and parents to ensure that each student’s academic, social, and
athletic needs are being met. Over
the past 50 years, the retention rate of participants has been over 90%. The college placement rate of its
graduates stands at 100%.
BCNY Members at Camp Cromwell
Gardiner School Summer Academic Program
We invite all alumni to sign up on the website BCNYAlumnisignup or alumni Facebook page www.facebook.com/iambcny or you can call Jose Vazquez at (212) 677-1107, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All donors may call to arrange a tour of one our clubhouses at (212) 677-1102. Please visit our website to learn more about the great work of BCNY www.bcny.org