2017 Pat Covelli Foundation Scholarship Winners
Madison Square Boys & Girls Club provides after-school, Saturday and summer youth development programming to young people ages 6 to 18 in underserved neighborhoods of New York City. At their Clubhouses in Brooklyn and the Bronx, young people build trusting relationships with adults and peers, get academic guidance and emotional support, cultivate their interests, and build a second home that helps them grow and thrive.
In 2015, while New York City on-time high school graduation rates for African American and Latino youth like those they serve were 65% and 64%, respectively, 96% of Madison’s Project Graduate seniors graduated from high school, and 94% that applied to college were accepted to attend.
The Pat Covelli Foundation has always believed in education as a tool to empower our youth. This year we thought it would be fitting to honor the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year with a $7,000 scholarship for college. Our goal is to help alleviate the financial pressures that a college education comes with and ensure the success of these incredible youth!
Kevon Jerome Leary: “For as long as I can remember the Boys and Girls Club has always been a part of my life. It started out as a landmark, across the street from where I was raised. Where do I live you ask? My entire life my home has been the Farragut Housing project. Why is this important to know? The Boys and Girls club is a safe place for many of the people in the housing project, which allows kids to do their homework or just hangout. This transitioned to more than a landmark for me, but an oasis filled with an abundance of love, pride and resources.”