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Bonnie Boys Club, Inc. dba, The Bonnie Youth Club

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Baseball & Softball, Boys Clubs, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Sports, Youth Community Service Clubs, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: The Bonnie Youth Club, an all-volunteer organization, centered in the heart of Flatbush, concentrates on developing youth into successful adults. The majority of our youth are from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. However,we have a healthy and vital mix of student/athletes from various economic and ethnic backgrounds. We represent the "mosaic" that is New York City.The Bonnies have developed a baseball and youth development program that has resulted in more of our over 400 yearly participants succeeding in school, graduating from high school and going on to higher education, often with athletic and/or academic scholarships.

Target demographics: Serving youth throughout New York City between the ages of 5-21.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350

Geographic areas served: New York city

Programs: SUPPORT,SERVICE AND SUCCESS, initiated in 1999, is our primary youth development and support program. Our program emphasizes positive self-worth, mentoring, and a high school and college program that has been highly successful. We use the expertise within the Bonnies and links with outside sources to help our youth.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The Bonnie Youth Club is an example of how a grass roots organization should operate. They provide an opportunity for young people to learn to play and work together, and for volunteers to learn to know the children of their community and to help improve the quality of their lives. It is no wonder that they have so many adult volunteers who grew up participating in the program. The value of this small organization in Brooklyn is felt throughout the country, as the children grow up and spread the word wherever they go.

Kyle8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the Bonnie Youth Organization since I was 6 years old. As I get older I see more and more what a tremendous impact this organization has on the community it services. I live in California now and wish the Bonnie's would start a California branch.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I played for the Bonnies from 16-19 and it was without a doubt the most fun I've had playing baseball.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I too am one of the great success stories of the Bonnies. Growing up in the crime and drug infested streets of Flatbush Brooklyn in the mid 80's. The Bonnies was a safe have and beacon of light for young men and women who desired athletic competition through baseball and a way out of the pitfalls for urban youth that was rampant throughout the US during that era. It for me personally was exactly what I needed because it provided guidance, structure, discipline and values. It helped provide peace of mind for my mother who was hard at work raising myself and sisters as a struggling single mother. My coaches throughout my years became the male role models and mentors I needed and their guidance and direction proved invaluable. Through my affiliation with this organization I was able to become a very productive member of my communities in education and bred to be a leader. The greatest value of this organization are the volunteers and coaches who work tirelessly to ensure the youth of the communities in which they serve are given guidance, advice and the greatest instruction possible to see that player be a future success. I urge you to please confirm this by going anywhere in NYC and and the Eastern seaboard with any kind of Bonnie clothing and you will meet a person or people with fond memories and gratitude to the organization for all they have done. You will also see those same people who have continually come back to the organization with their sons, daughters, and friends as well as volunteering their time much in the same way as the people who were there for them in their time with the organization.

Lawrence B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are so many positive things I can say about this organization. There are many "teams" and sports clubs. The "Bonnies" are the epitome of a first class organization that has served the youth for many decades and...generations. The lessons that I learned about focus and discipline are ingrained in my soul. It is truly wonderful when baseball is used as a tool to give life lessons. I started as a player in 1980 and not a day goes by that I don't think about this organization and the life long friends I met on the Ballfield and in that little clubhouse on Church Avenue.

Rebecca52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Both of my sons were lucky enough to learn baseball with the Brooklyn Bonnies! We love this organization. They teach more than baseball ; they teach drive and determination, commitment , respect, team work, hard work and ultimately success! The Bonnie Youth Club is like a great big family. It's an experience every boy should have.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am one of many of this organization's success stories. I have been involved with this organization since 1979 as a player that has benefitted from many of the role models that were there at the time. The Bonnie Boys Club provided me with a positive environvment to channel my energy in a productive manner. After graduating from college and embarking on my business career, it was only fitting for me to give back to to such a worthwhile cause, the youth.

Chris89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bonnie Youth Organization deserves to be recognized as a top notch nonprofit organization. I became apart of the Bonnie organization as a player back in 1997 and not only did the organization make me a better baseball player but the coaches I played for and the great people I was surrounded by all gave me a lot of valuable life tools that have carried me in my life to this day. The coaches and people who are involved with the organization all voluteer their time but helping the youth of brooklyn and creating a family atmosphere is what it's all about in the end.

Mark69

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Bonnie Boys Club for more than 30 years, and I cannot think of an organization more committed to helping the youth of Brooklyn. It provides a safe haven for children of all ages and teaches them invaluable life skills such as teamwork and sportsmanship. The impact of this organization has been far reaching, helping kids get into colleges and allowing some to even pursue their dream of playing professional baseball and other related jobs in sports. This is an organization that survives based on the unlimited dedication of several volunteers in the community and it should be recognized as one of the truly great nonprofit organizations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son Eric played for the Bonnies for many years and I helped out as a volunteer and assistant coach. They were the most interracial sports organization in Brooklyn- Black kids, White kids, Latino kids- all working together and playing baseball and the highest level. Many of the players went on to get college scholarships. This is an incredible organization run by an all volunteer staff.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This norganization has been helping to raise our young boys for many, many years....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very good organization that gives young youth the opportunity to become great assets to the community. The staff are passionate about the kids and are concern about there well being. Very strong ties with the comminoty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Once simply a local baseball-based organization, the Bonnie Youth Club now plays a key role in the development of inner-city youngsters who often need only a helping hand or piece of friendly advice or a mentor. As a player, I learned valuable lessons in discipline and teamwork from the Bonnie organization. Now as a parent ( and grandparent ! ), I see a much bigger picture, and a much bigger role for groups like the Bonnies in improving the urban lifestyle, demonstrating the importance of a social fabric that ties us together. As for the people behind the scenes doing the real work, the dedication of the Bonnie volunteers is unparalleled, and their track record of success speaks for itself. -- Bob Genalo --

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time with the Bonnie Youth Club changed my life. I was a player in the organization for four years and a volunteer assistant coach for two years after that. As a member of the Bonnie family I had great baseball experiences, but I also made great friends and grew a lot as a person. I played and coached with the Bonnies in a time when I was going from being a kid to being a young adult. Playing and coaching with the Bonnies changed the way that I see the world and taught me lessons that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Bonnie Youth Club is a great organization that not only supports their youth on the field but also in the classroom. They have a family atmosphere and great leadership. I have learned a lot as a member of the Bonnie's and I would recommend anyone who is looking for a baseball program to them.

Carlos-Imelda S.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Bonnie's really focus on training kids to learn about baseball the right way from the start. My oldest son has really improved his game this year. He was given the opportunity to play various positions and travel throughout New York to get a real feel for the talent in his age bracket. It encourages healthy competition while emphasizing school as a critical part of overall success.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Bonnie Youth Club is a great non-profit organization that is run by dedicated volunteers only. It helps city youth from ages 5 to 21 years old develop skills that emphasize both their study habits in the classroom as well as their athletic abilities on the baseball field. It has been an important part of the city for over 40 years and deserves to continue to do its good work serving the youth of NYC. Please support the Bonnie Youth Club. Check out: http://bonnieyouth.org/donate/

Jermell R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great program for minority young in the inner city. They have supplied a sport and education, and with the support that was given to me it was life changing. I will forever be a Bonnie member.

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful all-volunteer organization that uses baseball to attract 300-400 young people every year. But they not only play baseball, they have programs that work with the youngsters to get into desirable high schools and colleges. And often with an academic and/or athletic scholarship.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization with the focus of helping both kids and the community.