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Dawn Ewing Named to CEO Learning Lab

Posted Date: December 07, 2017 | Posted In:

​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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Our Youth Our Community Our Future

Posted Date: November 13, 2017 | Posted In:

This year, together, we transformed the lives of 400 youth. In 2017, 100% of Project Morry seniors graduated from high school on time. 98% enrolled in college. 95% of our middle school and high school youth matriculated to the next grade on time. And 65 kids got to experience a life changing summer at sleepaway camp for the first time.


These accomplishments will empower them to create a better future for themselves and their families but our work together is not done.


Thank you for being a part of the 9 year Project Morry commitment to each youth. It is this long term commitment that changes the outcomes for our youth. They know they have a community to depend on when they are struggling in school or need help with their college application. This same community celebrates when they learn to swim, their first internship, or their college acceptance. You are an integral part of this community- Our Community.


Renew your support by December 31st to provide more opportunities for over 400 youth in 2018!


Your tax-deductible contribution will be put to work IMMEDIATELY to strengthen skills in leadership, problem solving, and communication- outcomes which are proven to contribute to long term academic and career success.

Like you, we believe that every child is important and every child deserves the opportunity to achieve their potential in school, career, and community. Thank you for being a part of the Project Morry community and supporting our transformative work through the end of the year and into 2018.

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Project Morry Named 21st Century Learning Exemplar

Posted Date: November 07, 2017 | Posted In:

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:

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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Fall Benefit 2017

Posted Date: June 07, 2017 | Posted In: Latest News, Upcoming Events

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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Commencement 2017

Posted Date: June 08, 2017 | Posted In: Latest News

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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Dare to Dream 2017

Posted Date: January 30, 2017 | Posted In: Latest News, Upcoming Events

“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
Lexicon
226 East 54th Street NYC

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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


2017 Sponsors

Project Morry thanks our generous Dare to Dream 2017 sponsors.

Robert and Gina Levine


Alan and Karen Nadel // Lee and Rebecca Brodsky

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