• August Madison Matters

    A Trip Around the World

    This summer, our members and staff have taken the time to visit some pretty cool places around New York City. In keeping with our priority outcome areas, our Clubs have been learning a lot and having fun in the process. One of those experiences was in partnership with United Nations Partners.

    Teens from our Murphy Clubhouse took a trip around the world when they were visited by guests of the United Nations Partners, including special guest: Ms. Kaidee from Thailand. The goal of the United Nations Partners is to engage youth from urban areas and connect them with international cultural experiences.

    During a session to the Murphy Clubhouse, Ms. Kaidee introduced our members to Thai culture. Members learned some basic language skills, experienced Thai dancing, and were even able to try on some traditional clothing from Thailand! Ms. Kaidee talked about her experience of living in the U.S. and members were connected via video chat to a student currently living Thailand.

    A few weeks after her visit, Ms. Kaidee opened up her kitchen and restaurant to our teens, teaching them how to prepare Vegan Thai cuisine, and furthering their education on Thai culture, mannerisms, music, and traditions.

    Ms. Kaidee hopes to finish her lesson later this summer by taking our teens to the Thai Consulate and eventually a tour of the United Nations!

    Giving Back – Goldman Sachs Community Team Works

    During the month of July, Madison had some special visitors at each of our four Clubhouses. Employees from Goldman Sachs, in conjunction with their Community TeamWorks program, spent four fun-filled days getting to know our members, learning how our Clubhouses operate, and spending time with our members through various activities.

    Volunteers were able to interact one-on-one with Club Fun members ages 6-13 through reading, helping with crafts, playing board games, and more. It takes just one hour to make a difference in a child’s life. Having adults share their time with our kids makes a big difference in their lives – and is also a rewarding experience for the volunteers.

    For our members who are getting ready to head to high school, the Goldman Sachs volunteers were especially helpful as they were able to pick the brains of the young professionals who are on the brink of college graduation and learn more about how they navigated some big decisions our member will soon be facing.

    Between activities like Q&A panels, participating in Summer Brain Gain exercises, or playing in the gym, Goldman Sachs volunteers provided an amazing experience for our members. Thank you Goldman Sachs for spending part of your summer with us!

    Club Fun Update: Teen Nights

    While our Club Fun program is only for members 6-13, don’t think we forgot about our teens! Across all four Clubhouses, teen members have had the opportunity to spend some of their evenings at their home away from home: the Clubhouse.

    Our teens have been busy this summer, learning a lot and spending time with their favorite staff and friends. With a focus on our priority outcome areas, members have been participating in activities that enhance the Club curriculum during the school year.

    Some highlights include basketball tournaments and camps where teen members battled it out on the court and stayed active in the process, prepping for next year’s Youth of Year the program to ensure they are engaging in community and educational activities required for participation, service activities that included sorting healthy snacks like fruits and veggies to distribute to younger members, workshops to learn about new fashion trends and makeup techniques, youth empowerment programs that teach positive life choices, as well as many more!

    With back to school fast approaching, we can tell that all our members are excited for a new year at the Club.

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Upcoming Special Events

    Christmas Tree Ball: December 1st

    2018 Youth of the Year Dinner: May 23rd, 2018


    Madison Rising Star Talent Competition

    On Monday June 26th, our Clubhouses participated in the first ever Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Rising Star Talent Competition. Held outside at the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse and orchestrated by Rhonda Williams, Arts Director for the Murphy Clubhouse and M. Patrick Torres, our Notes for Notes Senior Program Director.

    Members from each of Madison’s Clubhouses were invited to compete for the top spot in the following categories: singing, dancing, poetry, and playing a musical instrument. After selecting top performers from each Club, members engaged in a friendly competition to take home the honor of top spot.

    With every Club represented, three unbiased judges had some tough decisions to make, as every performer went above and beyond to prove they were worthy of winning the Rising Star Talent Competition.

    Congratulations to all of the performers who made the event truly memorable. Every performance was a reminder that all of our members possess the ability and talent to call themselves winners.

    Member Profiles: Edith & Shea, Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse

    Always together, Edith, age 16 and Shea, age 17 have grown up side by side at the Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse for the past 9 years. Edith, who wants to go to NYU or Howard University to study Business, wants to pursue a career in Human Resources. “I love interacting with people and working on administrative office tasks,” she says. “I think I could be a really great Human Resources Director.” At the Club, her favorite time is when she gets to relax in the Teen Center with her friends and swim in the pool.

    Shea recently graduated from high school and hopes to pursue a degree in English at Virginia Union University in the fall. Even though she moved to Virginia a little over a year ago, she still visits the Club every time she is back in New York.

    Together, Edith and Shea’s favorite way to give back at the Club is to work with the Explorers Academy members (ages 6-9) and interact with the staff. Shea says “The staff really keeps me focused and dedicated to pursuing my goals. I know I can always go to them for help when I need it.”

    The Pinkerton Clubhouse: Construction Update!

    Caution: Construction Zone Ahead!

    July 24th will mark two months since our incredible groundbreaking ceremony at The Pinkerton Clubhouse in Harlem. We are excited to share that construction on the new Clubhouse continues to move ahead according to schedule. 

    Every Clubhouse needs a strong foundation and The Pinkerton Clubhouse is no exception. After disposing of the groundwater at the site, the teams at Zubatkin, along with C&L, were able to move forward with securing the foundation and superstructure concrete work. They have finished pouring and waterproofing the cellar walls, as well as the cellar slab. The Clubhouse is now being prepped for the 1st floor. We are beyond excited to see the Clubhouse come to life and cannot wait to open our doors later next year.

    Stay tuned to www.madisonsquare.org/harlem for continuous construction updates!

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Upcoming Special Events

    Golf Tournament: August 7th

    Christmas Tree Ball: December 1st

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