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Boy’s Club of New York gives city kids super powers to avoid ‘summer slide’

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When you open a book, you open your mind.

And kids here at the Boy's Club of New York are doing just that.

"The Boy’s Club Of New York provides a safe haven, a nurturing environment, and high quality programs for over 140 years to boys in the city,” Stephen Tosh, executive director, said.

Over the next couple of months, the non-profit is helping kids avoid that summer slide.

“Sometimes when kids are not in school over the course of the summer, they may lose a few months of learning,” Kazz Pinkard, education director, said. “So we try and encourage them to practice things they may have been learning in school.”

But reading isn't always seen as fun, especially on break. So they've added a twist to make it less like school work and more like summer fun. It's called the "Summer Superheroes" program.

“So our theme for 'Summer Superheroes' is something that is really attractive to young boys because it’s something they like,” Pinkard explained. “As the six weeks progress the boys can actually earn different super powers.”

“It intrigues the kids," Matthew Fenelon, teen mentor, said. "I always wanted to be a superhero when I was a kid.”

“It helped me because I had trouble reading so it helped me out by like reading a lot," David, a nine-year-old participant, said about last year's program.

The six-week program pairs young kids with older teens based on personality and academic strengths.

“Older kids know more stuff than us," David said. “So, it would be more better for them to teach us.”

“It changed me, seeing how they look up to me,” Fenelon smiled. "I just want to make sure kids are going on the right path.”

A mission and a bond that translates to success in the classroom.

“I went up a level in reading, now I’m at level Q,” David smiled.

But for nine-year-old David, the real benefit doesn't just come in the form of a letter grade.

“It made me feel very good," he said. "Now I feel more confident in 3rd grade.”

Confidence that will last a lifetime.

For more information, go to http://www.bcny.org/

 

Produced by: Kim Pestalozzi