Yonkers Public Schools, Yonkers My Brother’s Keeper, and New York Streets Team Up
YONKERS, NY – Yonkers Publics Schools, Yonkers My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and New York Streets have announced an expansive partnership to support student achievement. The New York Streets, Westchester’s first National Arena League team, will contribute mentors, literacy support for emerging readers, a football clinic, an empowerment program and the sponsorship of an annual MBK event. This team play will benefit several hundred students in June and July and many more as it progresses into the next school year.
“We are excited about this important new collaboration, which shows true commitment from the New York Streets -- not just today, but over the next several years,” said Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools and Co-Chair of Yonkers MBK with Rev. Dr. Jim Bostic, Executive Director of the Nepperhan Community Center. “This is another example of how our district is cultivating creative partnerships to support our young people."
The New York Streets players’ involvement in mentorship bolsters the mission of the My Brother’s Keeper movement, which aims to improve opportunities and outcomes for boys and young men of color. “Most of our students come from single-parent homes,” said Rev. Dr. Bostic. “Having a positive male role model is critical to young men developing appropriately.”
"Contributing to the Westchester community is a top priority for the New York Streets," said New York Streets owner and CEO Corey Galloway. "We are so honored to partner with Yonkers Public Schools and Yonkers My Brother's Keeper to help elevate the young people in Yonkers, including those traditionally left behind."
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano enthusiastically welcomes this public-private sector partnership. “We are thrilled New York Streets’ owners have chosen Yonkers for their community-building efforts,” he said, “As the largest city in Westchester, and the fourth largest in the State, we are excited to bring a huge hometown fan base to our county’s new arena football team.”
June and July Events Include:
Family School 32 Reading Day Wednesday mornings through the end of the school year Several players read to and mentor 1st and 2nd graders at Family School 32
Football Clinic with New York Streets Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Tony DeMatteo Athletic Field, Roosevelt High School – Early College Studies
- Yonkers Public Schools students in grades 8 through 12 Up to 100 students will have the opportunity to improve football skills with professional players
Yonkers MBK Senior Send-Off Luncheon Friday, June 14, 2019 Dia y Noche Restaurant Sponsored by New York Streets, MBK student leaders in the graduating Class of 2019 celebrate successes with the Superintendent of Schools and special guests.
Community Conversation with New York Streets: Playing the Game: Healthy and Safe July, 2019 Yonkers Middle High School New York Streets players will participate in an empowerment session with students attending summer high school and members of Yonkers MBK. Discussion will explore mental and physical health, violence prevention and healthy relationships