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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Performing Arts Centers, Physical Fitness & Community Recreational Facilities, Sports, Youth Centers & Clubs

Mission: To maximize the potential of at-risk, inner-city youth to become law-abiding citizens with something positive to offer society.

Results: Renaissance serves over 1,200 youths every single week, offering programs in 12 public schools, 8 community-based organizations, three satellite after-school sites, and our 10,000 square feet center on Third Avenue. Our programs work with students holistically, teaching them skills in the arts or athletics, and delivering social development and academic enrichment through mentoring, tutoring, and SAT prep. Since 2012, Renaissance and its programs have been honored by the Bronx Borough President, the New York Police Department, and the New York Yankees, and have appeared in the Huffington Post, Bronx 12 News, and a national commercial by Citgo. Program participants that spend at least four years with Renaissance have a 100% high school graduation rate, and 97% of them go on to attend college.

Target demographics: At-risk, inner-city youth in the Bronx and surrounding boroughs, ages 2-19.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: Music On Wheels - this program provides music classes to over 20 public schools in NYC, instructing more than 1200 kids each school year. Music With A Message - our youth band that travels around New York City and beyond during the summer, playing live concerts and spreading positive messages. They've performed in several states, parks like Six Flags and Hershey Park, and in Yankee Stadium with Roger Waters. Basketball - our basketball program teaches discipline and work ethic to all ages. There are two travel teams for teens, and personal development is valued above pure athletic performance. Academic Tutoring - we provide SAT/ACT tutoring each school year, and have summer tutoring to keep students sharp while they're out of school. Teens Live to Tape - we're launching a TV show for teens, by teens. The show, currently in production, features an in-house band, interviews with experts from all walks of life, and other fun and educational segments.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended an event where Renaissance Youth Center had their band Music With A Message perform. These children are beautiful. Each song they sung touched my heart and made me cry tears of joy.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place for kids. My daughter is in the camp. Renaissance Youth Center has taken her to so many beautiful places. Places I never taken her to before. Their trips are wonderful. Thank you so much Mr. Harris and Renaissance Youth Center for the great opportunities you offer.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this place. Renaissance Youth Center is a positive place that helps everyone that enters the building.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to Renaissance Youth Center, I am out of the streets and I am utilizing my talents as a Bass Player in their band Music With A Message. Mr. Harris saw the potential in me and guided me in the right path. Thank you Mr. Harris.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Renaissance Youth Center is a wonderful program. They sent me to piolit training. I am one step closer to becoming a certified piolit. Thank you Renaissance Youth Center.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Renaissance Youth Center helped me with my kids. Thy have so many different classes that my children were able to take.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Renaissance Youth Center is a wonderful place for children. They offer the community so many free and affordable programs.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Renaissance Youth Center. This organization has helped my children so much. Thank you. Mr. Harris and Renaissance Youth Center.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Renaissance Youth Center is such a great place. They have so much to offer.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Renaissance Youth Center is a wonderful organization. They help at risk kids become positive citizens and role models. They offer different programs for adults and children. Renaissance Youth Center also helps and gives back to the community. Mr. Harris and RYC is the best thing that happened to the South Bronx. He is the father and care giver of inner city youth and the Bronx county.