A Dream Clubhouse: Garden of Dreams Foundation’s Renovation of the Columbus Clubhouse

    From spontaneous musical performances to NY Rangers players scoring goals, the celebration of our Columbus Clubhouse’s renovation by the Garden of Dreams Foundation was nothing short of show-stopping!

    On December 13th, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and The Garden of Dreams Foundation celebrated a fully transformed space at our Columbus Clubhouse in the Bronx. The renovation was made possible by a $1.7 million dollar grant via the Garden of Dreams Giving Program, the largest grant to date gifted by the Foundation for a single project.

    The refurbishment of the space includes a brand new state-of-the-art gymnasium, locker room, arts and crafts room and multipurpose room. Floor-to-ceiling upgrades included new lighting, flooring, technology and the conversion of the unused gymnasium stage into a dance studio. In addition to these improvements, the Columbus Clubhouse is one of five Madison Square Boys & Girls Clubs to receive a new music studio via Notes for Notes where children will have the opportunity to learn about professional musicianship and other careers in the industry.

    The celebration included some special guests like Darryl McDaniels from RunDMC, Rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, players from the NY Rangers and NY Knicks, as well as the Knicks City Dancers.

    Thank you to The Garden of Dreams Foundation for your incredible partnership and generosity!

    The Road to Youth of the Year

    With just 5 months to go before Madison’s 7th Annual Youth of the Year Dinner, our teen members are hard at work, preparing for a chance to receive one of the Clubhouse’s highest honors.

    Youth of the Year is the premier national recognition program for Club members. The program celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and leadership skills. The program promotes service to the Club, community and family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals, and poise and public speaking ability. Each of Madison’s four Clubhouses chooses one outstanding youth to represent their Clubhouse. Of those four youth, one is chosen as the overall Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year.

    As the Youth of the Year Dinner approaches, preparation for this year’s competition is in full swing. YOY candidates have been selected at all four Clubhouses and are working hard to become their Clubhouses YOY representative this year. Between essay writing, volunteerism, and refining their public speaking skills, our Youth of the Year program is helping to shape the future of our teen members.

    Currently, our Clubhouse staff are working with the prospective candidates to get them ready for the Clubhouse competitions, taking place throughout February & March. The winners from each Club will then go on to compete to become this year’s Youth of the Year representative for Madison Square Boys & Girls, who will then go on to compete at the state competition.

    Want to be a part of our members’ journeys toward greatness? Visit www.madisonsquare/org/YOY to learn more.

    The Harlem Fine Arts Show

    The Harlem Fine Arts Show is the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States. Since its inception in 2009, HFAS has had over 80,000+ visitors, traveled to 10+ cities as well as showcased 100+ artists and galleries.


    Madison Square Boys & Girls Club is excited to partner with The Harlem Fine Arts Show for their 10th Anniversary. As new members of the Harlem community, we’re excited to meet the HFAS family and be a part of such an incredible event. Click the button below to learn more!

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    Mark Your Calendars!

    Upcoming Special Events

    Style of Life Luncheon: Spring 2019

    7th Annual Youth of the Year Dinner: May 22, 2019

    A Night at Yankee Stadium: Summer 2019

    25th Annual Fore the Kids Golf Tournament: July 29, 2019

    53rd Annual Christmas Tree Ball: December 6, 2019


    Walking for A Cause

    Our members are always looking for different avenues in which they can support their communities. This past Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members learned about new ways to give back to those around them.

    On Sunday, October 21st, Columbus Clubhouse members involved with both Passport to Manhood and SMART Girls, gender-driven mentorship and leadership programs, attended the Annual Breast Cancer Walk at Orchard Beach in the Bronx. It was attended by Clubhouse staff and close to 20 members!

    Although it was a chilly fall day, the students truly appreciated learning a bit more about this disease that affects thousands of women and men every year. For the staff, it was rewarding to see our members attend and participate in the event. Some family members were also able to join! The biggest lesson our members learned? It's important that we continue to raise awareness and pressure our local and national leaders to continue to fund research programs for these causes affecting us.

    Next Stop: College!

    With 2018 coming to a close, our teen members are busy exploring what opportunities lie ahead of high-school graduation. With so many options, lots to do, and time slipping away, our Clubs and partners are doing their part to get our members ready for what’s next.

    Earlier this fall, as a part of our Columbus Clubhouse’s Project Graduate Program, several volunteers from Ernest and Young came to talk to teens about college. They provided students with a roadmap, detailing steps they should be taking to get into their dream school and supported the discussion with a college success worksheet. The teens appreciated the time Ernst & Young took to speak with them and felt that the experience gave them a positive, hopeful outlook on getting ready for college.

    Our Columbus Clubhouse also kicked-off an introductory College Information Workshop that focused on mastering the college application process. Teens explored the initial steps of applying to colleges and were able to hear about various staff member’s experiences. Workshops similar to this one will happen on a bi- weekly basis for our teens as they navigate the journey to higher education through our Project Graduate Program.

    Nailed It: Making a Holiday Masterpiece

    Ever dreamed of being on a cooking show? Some members from our Murphy Clubhouse recently got that chance. Guests from the new Netflix show Nailed It, visited Brooklyn to see if our members had what it takes to be the next best baker or chef!

    Last month, 17 members from our Murphy Clubhouse, with the guidance of crew members from Nailed It, competed by replicating a professionally decorated gingerbread man cake. As preparation for the competition took place, members were given a cake and various culinary tools to create their own version of the cake with a 30-minute time limit. An exciting surprise? The judge for the event was the world famous chocolatier Mr. Jacques Torres.

    With a resounding “THREE, TWO, ONE” countdown the competition began with members hurrying to collect their supplies. With a skillful eye, members began to carve out their gingerbread man and decorate him. The rest of the Club members watched from the bleachers and cheered for their favorite competitor. The competition was frantic, fierce, but mostly fun! After some very intense deliberation, two winners were selected and were award gift cards. The first place winner, Millania, age 13, will be flown out to Los Angeles this month to compete in a nationwide kid’s competition of "Nailed It".

    Good luck Millania! We’ll be rooting for you.

    Christmas Tree Ball 2018

    Did you catch our recap of the 52nd Annual Christmas Tree Ball? One of our favorite parts of the evening was when our members performed! Click the image below to catch all of their performances plus more on our YouTube page.

    Still need some holiday spirit? Click here to explore Madison’s partnership with Winston Flowers and support Madison while you shop!

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Upcoming Special Events

    Style Luncheon: Spring 2019

    7th Annual Youth of the Year Dinner: May 22, 2019

    A Night at Yankee Stadium: Summer 2019

    25th Annual Fore the Kids Golf Tournament: July 29, 2019

    53rd Annual Christmas Tree Ball: December 6, 2019

    Learn more about our special events here!

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