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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 3,900 youths every single week, offering programs in 30 public schools, 8 community-based organizations, four 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. 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: 3,900

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: Performing Arts Program - this program provides music instruction at our center to youth ages 2-19. Students can take guitar, drums, keyboard, dance and vocal instruction. Music On Wheels - this program provides music classes to over 30 public schools in NYC, instructing more than 1600 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, Yankee Stadium, Carnegie Hall and most recently Lincoln Center. 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.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

2

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MY name is Tanya Richardson...I am a mother of twin boys Ronald and Ryan, whom are autistic...Their basketball coach name is Darren Quinlan (at CS150...Charles Fox School)...my boys started the basketball program in October 2015, and ever since then they started improving in school, grades, and their academics...Mr. Quinlan has also played an important part...of all this...he has helped them in their listening skills and following instructions/directions...whenever they miss a day I noticed a change in their behavior in school... This program is a blessing for my boys...and as long as people like "Darren Quinlan", as well as the "Renaissance youth center" is around...I will be proud to keep my family a part of it all.


1 Alistair D.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have had a connection with this group for several years, I cannot speak highly enough about the young people involved and the staff are superb and extremely dedicated. The Center makes a difference to a large number of young people in the South Bronx.

The Best.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Renaissance Youth Center for the past 12 years. I have loved every minute of it! Being part of this organization is a true blessing. The Center offers youth from the South Bronx a place to learn, become a responsible citizen and feel welcome at a safe haven in a tough neighborhood. Students who walk through the door get an amazing music education, learn basketball skills and with this comes homework tutoring, SAT prep classes, mentoring sessions and so much more. Renaissance Youth makes a distinct difference in lives of the students and it is working! Our students are entering college, having career choices and even come back to be teachers in our Center. Renaissance Youth Center is an amazing place, with two amazing Directors at the helm. I could not be more honored to be working with this organization.

Pia S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son attended the program years ago, wonderful opportunity have not found a program since I wish I was still living in NY so that my children could attend it it's such a positive program my little brother and my niece also went to the school.

Randy20

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has helped many of my family members and I appreciate Mr.Harris and Mr.Q for all of the support that they have giving my family

Pelham Bay M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Music and Art is very limited in our Bronx Schools. It is because of Renaissance Youth Center that many children are exposed to a positive environement, with positive role models in an enjoyable setting. The community close and far are thankful to Renaissance Youth Center for their contribution to the Bronx. We highly recommend Renaissance Youth Center and thank them for their work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with Renaissance as a mentor with their teen program for young woman. I expected to be a role model, a leader, and someone that these young woman could lean on for encouraging words of support, what turned out was way more. I was inspired by the way the young ladies and young men, where eager to make it to Renaissance, blessed with their truth, honesty and trust,their perseverance through adversity, and bonding with one another. Through them and the program, my own feelings of trust where explored and rebuilt.

The youth are our future, there are tons of programs out there that have after school tutoring, sports etc, however the personal attention, parent involvement, which is mandatory, engages and encourages families.to.strive and.support.one another as.well as the surrounding communities in a way that has been lost in this fast paced world.

Maribel

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a mother of 3 young men, 19 yr, 12 yr and 11 yr old and always looking for something worth having my kids in something that keeps there mind going and off the streets of the BRONX. i heard about this program visiting another one its a blessing to have this organization. I am not a member nor are my children yet and that is the big word YET im doing my best to ensure my two wonderful kids receive the best from any and eery programs that bring good to this world!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is in Friday Night Hoops. The clinics are conducted professionally and have been very instrumental in improving my son's basketball skills. I love that Coach Q does not tolerate mediocre work and encourages the kids to be the best all the time. I like the fact that every child is given the attention needed to the point that time is taken to teach a child something they may need extra help in. In addition to learning basketball skills, Coach Q does an excellent job at teaching the group about team work and how to encourage eachother. He has zero tolerance for boasting or making a child feel bad. I am very happy that I found this program. I feel I couldn't have chosen a better one.

1 Adriane V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Renaissance changed my life for the better. I don't know how anyone could show so much care. There amazing.