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 Youths of the Year with two 10,000 scholarships 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!
Grace Assabil-Bentum & Diamond Lewis
Pat Covelli Foundation
The Pat Covelli Foundation was founded in 1999 after the death of our beloved brother, Pasquale.
Pat fought many health-related battles, including diabetes and kidney disease, throughout most of his adult life, before succumbing to his illnesses in 1998 at the age of 44.Throughout his many health-related struggles, he always managed to make every possible effort to help others afflicted with ailments similar to his and those in his community requiring assistance of any type. His strength, compassion and courage were an inspiration to all who knew him.
In Pat's memory, the foundation has been raising funds for several years and has donated 100% of all monies raising to various local and national charities. The Foundation has no employees, incurs no administrative costs, ad donates all funds raised to worthy charities, causes and individuals in need throughout our community. All of the Foundation's work and planning is coordinated by friends and admirers of Pat's, as well as those who have come to recognize the significant contributions that are being made in Pat's name.
To date, The Pat Covelli Foundation has helped many deserving individuals and families meet their basic day-to-day and emergency needs during their battles with extreme personal hardship.
Additionally, some of the tremendously worthy organizations that have received funding from our Foundation include: