On Wednesday, April 26th the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club (MSBGC), SNF grantee, hosted their annual Youth of the Year Dinner, which honors four of their most outstanding Clubhouse members.
The 2017 honorees were, Anastasia Dosunmu, from the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse; Kevon Jerome Leary, from the Navy Yard Clubhouse; Victoria Sanchez, from the Columbus Clubhouse; and Ashley Wallen, from the Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse. Each Youth of the Year gave a moving speech to share their story and their plans for the future.
Co-anchor of CNN Newsroom, Poppy Harlow, hosted the event, which also featured speeches from Rubén Díaz, Bronx Borough President and former Clubhouse member, and Joseph Patuleia, Executive Director of MSBGC. The evening also recognized Fred Argir, Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Barnes and Noble, and John Meadow, Founder and President of LDV Hospitality, as the 2017 Champion of Youth Honorees.
The Madison Square Boys and Girls Club provides targeted programs to the young people that need them most, helping members build their academic, social and emotional skills, plan for college and career, and develop leadership capabilities in the Club and community. The Clubhouses provide life-changing programs and supportive relationships to help members advance towards three priority outcomes: academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. They are open after school, on most school holidays, and during the summer. MSBGC serves more than 5,000 youth annually, ages 6-18 at their 4 Clubhouses in Brooklyn and the Bronx. In 2016, 100% of their seniors graduated from high school.