Dear Friend of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club:
In 2015 Kips Bay Boys & Girls
Club will turn 100 years old, and we have been thinking about our founding and
history as we begin to plan for our centennial celebration. Inevitably we are struck by how much we have
grown and changed. In 2013 we will enroll 11,000
members, ages 6 to 18, at 2 clubhouses, 4 public schools, 2 Housing Authority
community centers, a rustic camp, and 2 homeless shelters. Our program addresses education and career
development, health and life skills, sports and fitness, character and
leadership, and the arts.
While much has changed in nearly
100 years, the core reason for our
mission remains: the need for school-age
children to have a safe place to go where they can grow in skills, character
and educational maturity under nurturing adult guidance and mentoring.
At Kips Bay we fulfill that
mission every day, for example in the vital area of education. Our 2012 Outcome Measurement Report revealed
that our samples of club members from 7 sites,
without exception, outperformed their school and grade-level peers on
the New York State standardized testing in English Language Arts and Math.
Kips Bay is the place where young people can
experience the inestimable empowerment of high accomplishment.
Here a youngster can find a
passion, a reason for being. It may be
in sports, or in our education centers, in the arts, perhaps as a junior staff
member, or maybe in civic accomplishment and voluntarism.
That is the Kips Bay Boys &
Girls Club that we strive for, and I’m confident you want this opportunity for
the youngsters as well. And this is why
I ask for your help once again. Your
gifts of $50, $250, $2,000 or any amount are deeply appreciated.
May this Holiday Season bring you
and yours peace and blessings.