Renaissance Youth Center Overview
Target demographics: At-risk, inner-city youth in the Bronx and surrounding boroughs, ages 2-19.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help tutor the 50+ children that come for tutoring each Saturday.Take pictures of concerts and special events to capture the joy and excitement of youth in Renaissance programs.
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.
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.