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Letter: The Friends of the Glen Cove Youth Board

The Friends of the Glen Cove Youth Board is a not-for-profit organization that was formed for the purpose of supporting and augmenting many of the awesome programs that are offered by the Glen Cove Youth Bureau. We provide this support by organizing fundraisers, assisting with grant seeking efforts, serving as mentors to youth and providing a source of community expertise and knowledge to the staff at the Youth Board. The Friends, as a group and individually, are constantly amazed at what the Youth Bureau does for youth in Glen Cove and are proud to support their hard work and endeavors.

The Youth Bureau operates on a year-round basis; however, as we transition from the school year to the lazy hazy days of summer, it is a good time to take a moment to reflect on what the Bureau has accomplished this year and to express gratitude to all who made it possible. This past year has been very rewarding and I would like to share some of the highlights with you:

The Glen Cove Youth Bureau continues to provide homework assistance, recreational activities, mentoring, positive youth development and life skills to over 350 students each day.

The Bureau continues to improve and expand its nationally recognized After 3 Program which takes place in Landing, Connolly and the middle school each day.

The After 3 music program provides middle school students with an opportunity to learn how to play an instrument and/or produce, mix and record music. The students recently completed their first recording Dream Big which was featured in a national publication highlighting successful after school enrichment programs.

The Youth Employment Program assisted many students entering the work force for the first time. The students learned how to prepare a résumé, practiced interviewing and improved their employment skills. The young Green Teams beautified Glen Cove and painted fire hydrants while older teens gained work experience in businesses throughout our city.

Recognizing that education takes place both inside and outside the classroom, the Youth Bureau sponsored many trips for youth of all ages. Our students were spotted in lots of exciting venues including the Long Island Science Center, Atlantis, Splish Splash, Albany, ballgames and live theatrical productions to name a few.

The Youth Bureau continued to reach out to families in need in our community. Back to school supplies - including backpacks and everything needed for a successful school year – were provided to over 100 students attending Glen Cove schools. Bountiful Thanksgiving food baskets were provided to 86 families comprising over 300 individuals. The Bureau’s food pantry continues to provide food to needy families throughout the year.

The high school CAUSE class worked very hard developing the skills they will need to help others throughout their lives. We are very proud of these students, virtually all of whom will be going on to college in the fall. In total, they received over $1.2 million in scholarships. They are truly a remarkable group of young adults and we wish them much success in their future endeavors.

All of these activities would not be possible without the support that we have received from the community. It has truly made a difference in the lives of so many children and we are grateful to you for sharing our vision. It has allowed us to provide positive experiences and lasting memories to many children in our community.

Thank you.

Roberto Telese – Chairperson, Friends of the Glen Cove Youth Bureau