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Posted Date: May 30, 2018 | Posted In: Latest News, Media Room
Summer Camp Changes Lives
Project Morry was founded to bring the life changing benefits of summer camp to youth in under-resourced communities year round. Project Morry provides a 4 week sleepaway camp, through Morry’s Camp, giving campers a supportive space to connect with their peers and undertake personal and academic development through challenges and safe risk-taking.
Because of your support, nearly 400 Project Morry youth are able to attend Morry’s Camp each summer. This is a unique and life changing experience for our kids, many of whom do not have a family tradition of summer camp and would not be able to afford it without Project Morry.
Summer camp is a critical component of bridging the opportunity gap. More than half the academic gap for low-income youth can be attributed to unequal access to organized learning opportunities during the summer and after school. Project Morry provides a variety of programs in educational enrichment, leadership development, and problem solving skills- outcomes which are proven to contribute to long term academic and career success.
Morry’s Camp also gives our kids a chance to just be kids. They learn to swim, make new friends, spend time outside, and unplug. All of these support the transformative impact of summer camp on children’s social, emotional, and physical well-being.
As families and children send off their camp trunks in eager anticipation of summer adventures, help us pack ours.
Thank you for your continued support. Have a great summer!
$100 Celebrate the 100% of the Project Morry Seniors Who Graduated High School on Time in 2018
$319 Congratulate All Our Project Morry Graduates To Date
$700 Honor Our 7 Community Partners in New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, and Connecticut
$980 Applaud the 98% of Project Morry Students Who Matriculated to the Next Grade On Time
$2010 Commemorate and Support the Purchase of Morry’s Camp in Glen Spey, NY
$5000 Give the Gift of Camp and School Year Programming for 1 Camper
Other Match Your Child’s Summer Experience
Posted Date: May 25, 2018 | Posted In: Latest News, Media Room, Project Morry Kids
“Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions be louder than than your words.” M. Scott Peck.
Project Morry celebrated our 2018 Commencement on May 12th with almost 90 students and family members. We are incredibly proud of our 37 graduates from Amityville, Bridgeport, Bronx, Elmsford, Manhattan, and Port Chester who achieved a 100% on-time graduation rate! Congratulations!
Project Morry students consistently graduate on time with post high school plans that include college or university or military service. This year our students have been accepted to more than 30 colleges including Drexel University, MIT, Vanderbilt University, University of Buffalo, Seton Hall, University of Connecticut, Long Island University, SUNY Geneseo, Westchester Community College, Johnson & Wales, Mount Saint Mary College,Iona College, and Manhattanville College. 91% of Project Morry alumni who enroll in college complete their degrees.
These achievements are especially impressive in comparison to the communities our youth reside in where high school graduation rates are as low as 61%. Nationally only 10% of low income students attend college and nearly 1/3 of all college students, regardless of socio-economic status, drop out of college.
Our alumni’s achievements don’t end with their high school or college graduation. They go on to career success in a wide range of fields. Our alumni are teachers, financial analysts, digital media strategists, accountants, photographers, human resource managers, entrepreneurs, marketing managers, arts programming coordinators, and MBA candidates. They stay active in Project Morry and their communities, exemplifying our values of volunteerism, personal responsibility, and leadership.
We can’t wait to see what the class of 2018 will achieve. They are well on their way to achieving their dreams!
Posted Date: May 04, 2018 | Posted In: Latest News, Upcoming Events
Together We Transform Lives
Save the Date for the 2018 Annual Benefit! On Wednesday November 7, 2018, celebrate the 2018 Annual Benefit for Project Morry at beautiful Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River. Enjoy cocktails and great food with old friends and new.
We will recognize the long time support and contributions of Laurence Glickman, former Board President and founding Board Member, with the Morry Award, Project Morry’s highest honor.
All event proceeds directly support Project Morry’s year round programming which closes the opportunity gap through a combination of academic enrichment and support, leadership development, exceptional summer camp experiences, and one-on-one mentoring.
Project Morry empowers young people from under-resourced communities to envision and establish a positive future. Together we changes outcomes for students from the tri-state area through proven programs: 98% of Project Morry students graduate from high school on time, 85% attend college and 91% of those who attend college graduate. In addition to their academic success, Project Morry students exemplify our principles of teamwork, positive core values, volunteerism, and personal responsibility. They are leaders at school and in their communities.
Visit our event website to reserve your tickets and learn more!Read More
Posted Date: April 19, 2018 | Posted In: Latest News, Project Morry Kids
The success of our students continues beyond their college graduation. We are thrilled to report that Tyrone Fleurizard, Project Morry alumnus from Bridgeport (2007-2014) and current senior at Wingate University, has been selected as a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar! Tyrone will study the intersection of race, ethnicity, and education in Malaysia.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is one of the most prestigious scholarship programs for collegians in the United States. The program offers opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. Fulbright U.S. Student alumni populate a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers.
In addition, he has been accepted to a PhD graduate program at Boston College with a full scholarship. Tyrone exemplifies Project Morry’s values of leadership, positive core values, network of support, and teamwork. We are proud to be a part of his journey!
To hear Tyrone describe the impact of Project Morry in his own words, check out our video on the homepage!
To hear Tyrone describe the impact of Project Morry in his own words, check out our video on the homepage!
Posted Date: December 07, 2017 | Posted In: Latest News
In November 2017, Dawn Ewing, Executive Director of Project Morry, joined the inaugural class of Westchester Community Foundation’s CEO Learning Lab. Limited to eight leaders of Westchester nonprofit organizations, the Learning Lab is focused on identifying the tools and leadership strengths needed for advancing organizations toward greater impact and sustainability. The cohort will meet on a monthly basis for six months focusing on in-depth strategic analysis of an issue facing each organization as well as 360 peer reviews of each member.
“I am excited by the opportunity to do a deep dive into issues critical to Project Morry’s future growth. The CEO Learning Lab provides a unique peer learning opportunity that will expand my own tool box and benefit our organization,” says Dawn Ewing.
The CEO Learning Lab is the first initiative of the Foundation’s Institute for Strong Nonprofits, which will provide ongoing capacity building for the region’s nonprofit sector.
Learn more about Westchester Community Foundation and the CEO Learning Lab at their website http://www.wcf-ny.org.Read More
Posted Date: November 07, 2017 | Posted In: Latest News
Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) has designated Project Morry as a Beyond School 21st Century Learning Exemplar for 2017-2018. Project Morry earned this award for its outstanding practices in equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge for success in college, career, and life.
This is the first year that The P21 Exemplar Program designated out-of-school-time entities as P21 Exemplars. In order to earn this designation, these programs demonstrated not just a commitment to developing the 4Cs and other 21st Century Skills, but also an expertise in the elements of: Student Agency, Distributed Leadership, a Climate of Achievement, Engaged Community, and the use of Evidence and Research.
Dawn Ewing, Project Morry Executive Director stated “We are thrilled to be named a 21st Century Learning Exemplar. Project Morry empowers youth to create and achieve their own goals, dreams and futures. We do this by building strong, consistent relationships with families and communities that endure during the critical middle school years through high school graduation. Project Morry youth are critical thinkers, creators,collaborators, and communicators- in a word: leaders. As a P21 Exemplar, we are excited to join a community of practice leaders and have the opportunity to share and learn from other outstanding programs.“
David Ross, CEO at P21 stated, “P21’s Exemplar Program works to identify innovative education paradigms across the country. When policymakers say ‘show me what you mean,’ we turn to our P21 Exemplars for hard evidence.”
As part of uplifting the best practices from Project Morry, P21 will develop a case study and release it to the public for free download at p21.org/exemplars in the Spring of 2018.
P21 recognizes that all learners need educational experiences in school and beyond, from cradle to career, to build knowledge and skills for success in a globally and digitally interconnected world. Representing over 5 million members of the global workforce, P21 is a catalyst organization uniting business, government and education leaders from the U.S. and abroad to advance evidence-based education policy and practice and to make innovative teaching and learning a reality for all. Learn more at www.p21.org and @P21Learning.Read More
Posted Date: October 28, 2017 | Posted In: Latest News
Michael Gordon Young Leaders Award Honoree!
On 10/25, Project Morry’s Undergrad and Post Grad 3 Girls Coordinator, Akienyalay Bruce received the Michael Gordon Young Leaders Award at the 2017 American Camping Association’s Morry Stein Camp Conference. This award is given to an individual who is making an impact on the camp profession through their leadership and service.
Akay began her career with Project Morry as summer counselor in 2010 and became a member of the full time program team in 2015. In her role as the Under Grad and Post Grad 3 Girls Coordinaor, she is responsible for creating curriculum, facilitating school year meetings, and providing on going engagement of students, parents, and community partners to ensure the emotional and academic success of Project Morry at a critical time in young women’s lives.
In addition to her work at Project Morry, Akay has co-chaired the Non-Profit Camp Conference for the past 3 years and been a member of the Inclusion Track Program Committee for the ACA’s Tri-State Conference. In all of these roles, she has brought issues of social justice and racial equity that impact Project Morry students and families to the forefront. These include the targeted ways girls of color are disciplined at school, the school to prison pipeline, and empowering children of color with a sense of positive self identity and self advocacy to envision and achieve their goals.
Akay is a tremendous role model and colleague in the fields of both youth development and camping. Project Morry is proud of her achievement and to have her on our team. Congratulations Akay!Read More
Posted Date: June 07, 2017 | Posted In:
Together We Transform Lives
Join us for the 2017 Annual Benefit! Celebrate the 2017 Annual Benefit for Project Morry at beautiful Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River. Enjoy cocktails and great food with old friends and new.
2017 Annual Benefit
Wednesday November 1, 2017 6pm
New York, NY 10011
We will recognize the long time support and contributions of Douglas Present, former Board President and current Board Member, with the Morry Award, Project Morry’s highest honor. All event proceeds will directly support Project Morry’s year round programming.
Project Morry empowers young people from under-resourced communities to envision and establish a positive future. Millions of young people in America face gaps in opportunity that prevent them from reaching their potential in their education, career and contribution to their communities. We’re changing the outcomes for young people in the tri-state area by improving opportunities and learning experiences through proven programs.
Mindy Gabler and Scott Freishtat
Posted Date: June 08, 2017 | Posted In:
On Saturday May 13th, 2017 Project Morry was proud to honor the High School Graduation of 100% of our Post Grad 5 students. Commencement 2017 also celebrated the completion of their 9 year Project Morry journey. 96% of these thoughtful, ambitious young leaders will go on to college or enlist in the military. We wish them the best and eagerly wait for news of their next successes!Read More
Posted Date: January 30, 2017 | Posted In:
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. “
Henry David Thoreau
Celebrate the dreams and successes of the Project Morry community by joining us for Dare to Dream 2017. All proceeds support Project Morry’s year round programming which seeks to close the opportunity gap by offering students a combination of academic enrichment and support, exceptional summer camp experiences, and one-on-one mentoring.
Wednesday April 19th at 7pm
226 East 54th Street NYC
Project Morry helps our kids envision a world in which anything is possible and empowers them with the tools to make their dreams happen. In April students review Project Morry’s mission and are asked how they have exemplified our principles of teamwork, leadership, network of support, positive core values, self esteem, and personal responsibility. Your support puts our mission into action.
A completely volunteer driven event, Dare to Dream is a great way to learn more about Project Morry and to introduce the next generation of mentors and friends to the Project Morry community. Our 2016 event was attended by over 200 guests and raised almost $25,000. Help us come together to make Dare to Dream 2017 even more successful!
Dare to Dream 2017 Committee
- Matt Jackowitz, Co-Chair
- Ruth Kleinman, Co-Chair
- Jody Brahms
- Jackie Brethel
- Pat D’Souza
- Ashleigh Jackowitz
- Melanie Jacobs
- Emily Kagan
- Jennifer Nolan
- Danielle Parkes
- Rusty Rigby
- Lauren Weissbrod
- Liza Wiesenthal
Project Morry thanks our generous Dare to Dream 2017 sponsors.