Posts tagged Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens
Gallery Show for VBGCQ's Young Artists
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On Friday June 14th, VBGCQ’s young artists showed off their creations in the first Art Gallery Show. Paintings, drawings, and pastel art were features on the walls of the black box studio while African inspired drums and other sculptures were displayed on tables.

Families and friends sipped on juice and ate hors d’ouervres prepared by the Cooking Club while watching live spoken word art by local artists, drawing demonstrations by Art Club members, and viewing the artwork on display.

During the 2018-2019 school year, VBGCQ focused its afterschool arts program on multicultural visual arts inspired by artists and artistic genres from around the world

New York State Youth of the Year Finalist - Christopher Samuel
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A huge congratulations is in order for the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens Youth of the Year - Christopher Samuel! Chris is 18 years old and has been a part of the Variety Boys & Girls Club for the last decade. Over these last ten years, we've seen him develop into a young man who navigates through the many obstacles young men of color so often face through listening, communicating and leading. Chris has credited our organization's mentorship program "Passport-to-Manhood" as a factor that contributed to his immense growth over the years. After realizing that the program began to garner less attention at the Club, he took initiative and provided his passion and insight to help revamp the program, which is now called "BroCode." Chris also dedicates his time to tutor youth and teach them about living a healthy and active lifestyle. Aside from his involvement at the Club, Chris is also a part of his class' Student Government, a member of the Honors Society, and a leader in his Class Council. Chris hopes to have a career in the field of Public Services.

New Young Professional Committee Members | Spring 2019
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The Young Professionals Committee (YPC) at Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens has grown! In recent months, the YPC has added four new members to the Committee:

  • Andrea Bischof | Vice President, Institutional Equity Sales - China International Capital Corporation

  • Katherine Cote | Associate Director - UBS Investment Bank

  • Russell McAleavey | Vice President, Assistant General Counsel - J.P. Morgan Asset Management

  • John Reinhardt | Associate - Sam Schwartz Consulting

The YPC supports VBGCQ philanthropically through fundraising events and by creating connections to potential corporate partners. YPC members also support programming at the Club by teaching engineering classes, hosting Career Day events, and more!

VBGCQ is excited to welcome Andrea, Katherine, Russell, and John to the YPC!

Edward Jones 3V3 Basketball Invitational!
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On Saturday May 4th, Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens hosted our Second Annual 3V3 Basketball Tournament with Edward Jones as the Title Sponsor. The event raised more than $7,000 to support the after-school, summer camp, weekend workshops, and sports teams at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens!

Thank you to all of the players and fans who came out to Queens on Saturday morning! And congratulations to the team from Edward Jones who took home first place in our double-elimination bracket!

Expanded Partnership with Titan Theatre Company!
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VBGCQ and Titan Theatre Company are excited to announce a new, expanded partnership! Designed to address the growing need for affordable rehearsal and performance space in Queens, our original partnership has blossomed into a massive education and outreach initiative! “A partnership such as this, with an incredible organization like the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, isn’t only an opportunity to help and support the wonderful theatre community here in our home borough, but is also a way to provide even more arts education and outreach programming to the community that continues to support us and our work in such an amazing way” said Titan Artistic Director Lenny Banovez. We at the Club looking forward to providing more opportunities to our beloved Queens communities, starting with a Shakespeare performance for our after school kids on Wednesday, May 15th!

Renovated Art Room Coming to Astoria Club! Thank you, Michaels!
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Michaels and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have teamed up to refresh art rooms at 10 lucky Boys & Girls Clubs across the country…and Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens was selected!

Through Michaels generosity we will be able to repaint, get all new furniture, and tons of new art supplies! With these upgrades, our kids and teens will be able to unleash their inner maker on their path to a great future! #MAKESpace19

We can’t wait to see the amazing art work our young artists can create in the new space!

Check out the pictures below for “before” images of the art room!

VBGCQ ❤️s STEM! 🔬👩‍🔬💻
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During the 2018-2019 school year VBGCQ partnered with multiple organizations to run STEM programming for over 500 youth across four after school sites!

Samsung’s DIY STEM program is running at the VBGCQ - Main Club location for the budding scientists and engineers in the middle school program.

BioBus is teaching the Tool Time program at all four locations educating youth about different scientific tools and taking “field trips” to the neighborhoods around each location to perform experiments!

Hofstra University’s Wise Guys and Gals program offers design thinking and engineering challenges to the middle schoolers at the VBGCQ - Main Club including building a functioning prosthesis and creating a website.

Thank you to our partners and our amazing STEM Specialists for helping our kids develop their science skills and learn to love STEM!

Shooting Hoops for Good!

Many thanks to everyone who came out to root for their favorite team at our annual 3v3 Corporate Challenge! The event raised more than $8,500 for Club programs that serve over 4,000 children each year.

This year, over 10 teams competed for the championship with Heroes pulling through as the tournament winner and NY Mets as the 2nd runner-up! Thanks to Lime, Super Soccer Stars, Red Rabbit, Edward Jones, Chip NYC & NY Life for playing their all and assembling your best talent! The event included free cookies from ChipNYC, scooter and bike demos from Lime, and a silent auction with prizes generously donated by JetBlue and Aloft Hotels.

Special thanks to former Jets Fullback, Tony Richardson for playing in the tournament and to our event sponsors NY Mets Foundation, Pharmapacks, Super Soccer Stars, Lime and Phenom. The 3v3 was presented by the Young Professionals Council, a group of change makers dedicated to building bright futures for children in Queens.