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New York club gears staff, programming, approach to needs of boys and young men
“We’re very proud to have been part of that history,” said Rashida Abuwala, chief program officer. “But our focus on singlegender programming was somewhat inharmonious with the [national organization’s] focus on boys and girls. We decided to leave the national consortium and become an independent organization. We maintain a very positive relationship with BGCA.”The 137-year-old Boys Club of New York (BCNY) provides out-of-school time programming for boys and young men ages 6 to 20 in three locations. A founding member of the Boys Club of America, which decades later became the Boys & Girls Clubs, the New York club “amicably parted ways” with the national organization in 2005.

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