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Join Us on Giving Tuesday

Posted Date: October 07, 2019 | Posted In:

Giving Tuesday is December 3, 2019


Giving Tuesday was founded as the simple idea of bringing people together for a day of giving back. It is isn’t just about fundraising. Giving Tuesday is about people coming together to give of their time, skills, expertise, and resources. It’s about the collective spirit of generosity that brings change to our communities.


Support Project Morry on Tuesday December 3, 2019. Together we are empowering 400 youth annually to change their lives and their communities.


Every act of generosity counts and each means even more when we give together!

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2019 Annual Benefit Raises $1 Million! 

Posted Date: May 27, 2019 | Posted In: Latest News, Upcoming Events

2019 Annual Benefit Raises $1 Million for Project Morry

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019 we celebrated the 2019 Annual Benefit for Project Morry at beautiful Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River. David and Shelley Tager, past Project Morry Board Members and founders as well as Directors/Owners Emeritus of Camp IHC were recognized with the 2019 Morry Award, Project Morry’s highest honor. Project Morry alumnus, Shanice Maxwell and her mother Denise Maxwell shared the ongoing impact of Project Morry on her life and career.

The benefit raised $1 million directly in support of 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 create a positive future. Together we change 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.

Thank you to the entire Project Morry community!


There is still time to support the Benefit! Visit our Event Website to learn more!


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Camp is Here!

Posted Date: July 10, 2019 | Posted In: Latest News

The 24th summer of Morry’s Camp started on June 28th with xxx new fourth and fifth graders experiencing their first summer of sleepaway camp and Project Morry. Over the summer 350 campers will attend Morry’s Camp, Project Morry’s residential summer learning program in rural Glen Spey, NY.

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.

A recent American Camping Association study of more than 5,000 families and 92 camps found that camps “build skills necessary to prepare campers to assume roles as successful adults…camp provides growth experiences for youth that can benefit them through adulthood.”

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.

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.


Learn more about Morry’s Camp and our summer learning program.

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Announcing the 2019 Morry Award Honorees

Posted Date: July 09, 2019 | Posted In: Latest News

Shelley and David Tager Announced as 2019 Morry Award Recipients

Shelley and David Tager have been committed to Project Morry’s mission since its inception in 1995 when a small group of close friends and family gathered to identify ways to honor Morry Stein’s legacy following following his untimely passing. For many years, the Tagers were active members of the Project Morry Board of Directors, leaving a lasting impact on the organization. David served as Board President from 1998-2000, while Shelley was one of the founding members of Camps That Give, a fundraising partnership with private camps. The Tagers also introduced Project Morry to the United North Amityville Youth Organization (UNAYO) which has been a community partner for over 20 years.

Shelley and David have devoted their professional lives to working with children. For 26 years, Shelley taught primary school in Amityville, New York while David taught special needs children for 14 years, eventually becoming an Elementary School Principal.

David and Shelley’s love for and commitment to the value of summer camp was born and developed during many summers at Kamp Kohut in Oxford, Maine. In 1988 a mutual friend introduced the Tagers to Amy and Morry Stein. A strong personal and professional relationship quickly developed, resulting in the Tagers’ purchase of Camp IHC in 1989. In their early years as camp directors, Morry and Amy mentored Shelley and David, helping them make Camp IHC one of the most successful co-ed resident camps in the country.

Currently, the Tagers spend their summers at Camp IHC as Directors Emeritus. As the Steins mentored Shelley and David, the Tagers have passed the gift of a profession in camping, to Lauren and Joel Rutkowski, the current Owners/Directors of Camp IHC.

Please join us at Project Morry’s Annual Benefit on November 6, 2019 to honor the Tagers’ lasting commitment and impact on the organization and the children we serve.

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Project Morry Opens New Office in Port Chester, NY

Posted Date: July 08, 2019 | Posted In: Latest News

Project Morry moved to new office space in downtown Port Chester, NY at the end of June 2019. Located at 1 Gateway Plaza Suite 1D, the 3000 square foot space will house Project Morry’s year round administrative offices and program team during the school year. School year meetings will continue to take place in our students’ home communities for the middle school program and a new to-be-determined space for the high school program.

The new office location puts Project Morry in the heart of Port Chester, close to many amenities like the Metro North station as well as our corporate supporter Stop and Shop and long time community partner, the Carver Center. Come by and say hello!

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Project Morry Joins Youth INC. Network

Posted Date: June 17, 2019 | Posted In: Latest News

Project Morry is proud to share our acceptance into the 2019 Youth INC. Metrics program. We join a network of more than 80 exceptional youth development programs collectively serving over 200,000 New York youth. Youth Inc. is an NYC based venture philanthropy organization started by a former Goldman Sachs managing director to build capacity and maximize impact for youth-centered NYC non-profits.

IMPACT EVALUATION

As part of the 2 year long Metrics program, we join a cohort of 8 other peer organizations all working to build evaluative capacity and better understand the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) outcomes of our work. These research based SEL outcomes measure 6 key capacities: academic self efficacy, positive identity, self management, social skills, social capital, and contribution which are linked to long term academic and career success, increased resilience, and greater thriving.

We will use this data to improve program design and increase our students’ outcomes for on-time advancement to the next grade, on-time high school graduation, college enrollment, and college graduation rates and in turn improve their long-term academic and economic success.

The Metrics program will also provide support as we build a continuous improvement process and assess staff capacity to deliver effective youth development practices that promote positive outcomes.


We thank Youth INC. for the opportunity to learn and grow in service of our shared goal to empower youth and families for positive change.

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Camp Creates!

Posted Date: May 17, 2019 | Posted In: Latest News

Camp Creates!

Summer camp creates opportunities for youth to grow, to learn, and to take risks. Camp creates confidence, leadership skills, independence, and most of all joy! Anyone who has attended camp or sent their kids knows how transformative the experience is.

The research proves what we already know. Camp creates the skills for long term academic and career success. An American Camping Association study of more than 5,000 families and 92 camps found that camps “build skills necessary to prepare campers to assume roles as successful adults…camp provides growth experiences for youth that can benefit them through adulthood.”

Project Morry was founded to provide these life changing benefits to youth in under-resourced communities year round. Project Morry provides a 3 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.

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 positive impact of summer camp on children’s social, emotional, and physical well-being.

Because of your support, nearly 350 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.

Camp starts June 28th. As families and children send off their camp trunks in eager anticipation of summer adventures, help us create a summer of joy, friendships, and growth.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a great summer!

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2019 College Acceptances!

Posted Date: April 01, 2019 | Posted In: Latest News, Project Morry Kids

Project Morry’s graduating class of 34 high school seniors are busy weighing their options as they receive acceptances to almost two dozen colleges and universities.

College readiness and career awareness starts in middle school and continues throughout high school at Project Morry. Students attend workshops and activities focused on the college application process and timelines, goals for junior and senior year of high school, selecting the right school, college course selection, college scholarship research and navigation, college life on campus (e.g., navigating roommates, diversity on campus and finding your social network), and post-high school opportunities besides college. Life skills workshops focus on time and stress management, public speaking, and financial literacy. High school students have the opportunity to attend 8 to 10 regional college tours sponsored by Project Morry each year.

Congratulations to our seniors on their hard earned success!






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2019 Spring into Summer

Posted Date: February 25, 2019 | Posted In: Latest News, Upcoming Events

Join Us!

Join us for Project Morry’s 2019 Spring into Summer on May 1, 2019! Connect with friends old and new to learn more about Project Morry’s mission, network, and raise funds for a great cause while enjoying cocktails, great food, and bowling!

This year we honor Matt Jackowitz, long time Project Morry volunteer and supporter, with the inaugural Lead Award. The Lead Award celebrates a young leader in the Project Morry community who is a rising professional in their respective fields and whose commitment to diversity, inclusion and education supports embodies our mission. Matt Jackowitz embodies these qualities through his leadership in the camp community and his steadfast commitment each year to helping bring like-minded young professionals together to support and honor the work done by Project Morry. We are thrilled to honor him as the first ever recipient of this special award.

All proceeds support Project Morry’s year round programming which closes the opportunity gap by offering students a combination of academic enrichment and support, leadership development, exceptional summer camp experiences, and one-on-one mentoring.

Together we change 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.

Spring into Summer
Wednesday May 1, 2019 7pm
Bowlmor Chelsea Piers
Pier 60, New York, NY 10011
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Project Morry 2019 Spring into Summer Event Committee

Rachel Andreus
Jody Brahms
Nicole Jablon
Ashleigh Jackowitz
Emily Kagan
Lauren Weissbrod Kennedy
Ruth Kleinman
Deena Novick
Danielle Parkes

Project Morry Thanks Our Generous Sponsors for Their Support
LEAD Sponsors
Post Grad Sponsors
Graduate Sponsors
Lee and Rebecca Brodsky
Laurence Glickman and Judy Lighter
Alan and Karen Nadel
Amy Stein

Under Grad Sponsors

Dale and Janelle Hanley
Peter and Sue Jackowitz
Evan Jacobs and Liz Kaplow
Susie and Lorre Smith
Jake Weinig

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Give Opportunity Change Lives!

Posted Date: November 12, 2018 | Posted In: Latest News, Media Room

​Give a Child an Opportunity and Amazing Things Happen

Like you, we believe that every child is important and every child deserves the opportunity to achieve their potential in school, career, and community. This year, together, we changed the lives of more than 400 youth from under-resourced communities.

  • Improve Outcomes: 98% of Project Morry students advance to the next grade on-time. 95% graduate high school on-time compared to rates as low as 60% in their communities.

  • Increase Resilience: Project Morry makes a 9 year commitment to our children and their families. This unique long-term commitment creates a network of support to call on when they are struggling at school or need help with a college application.

  • Expand Horizons: Project Morry students have the chance to go to summer camp, attend college tours, and visit museums. They volunteer, attend career days, and work with mentors. These experiences empower our students to redefine their goals and their futures.

  • Change Lives: 85% of Project Morry graduates go on to college or enroll in the military compared to 67% of low income students nationally. 77% of PM alumni are the first in their family to attend college.


Renew your support by December 31st to provide more opportunities for 400 youth in 2019!

Thank you for being a part of the Project Morry community!

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Congratulations 2018 Graduates!

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!

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Project Morry’s 2018 Fall Benefit

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!

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Project Morry Alumni Named Fulbright Scholar

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!

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Dawn Ewing Named to CEO Learning Lab

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.

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Project Morry Named 21st Century Learning Exemplar

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.

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Michael Gordon Young Leaders Award Honoree!

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!

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Commencement 2017

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!

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Fall Benefit 2017

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

Pier Sixty
Chelsea Piers
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.

Benefit Co-Chairs
Mindy Gabler and Scott Freishtat

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