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Posted Date: February 18, 2022 | Posted In: Latest News, Upcoming Events
Project Morry’s 2022 Spring into Summer Event
Project Morry’s 2022 Spring into Summer on April 28th, 2022 is back! We are so excited to see you for our first in-person event in 2 years! Join us on April 28, 2022 to connect with friends old and new, learn more about Project Morry’s mission, and raise funds for a great cause while enjoying beautiful views of the Hudson River all in support of our 2022 swim program at Morry’s Camp!
All proceeds will support Project Morry’s 2022 Swim Program for more than 300 youth who will return this summer to Morry’s Camp, our flagship sleepaway camp. Learning to swim is a lifelong skill that develops children’s physical well-being as well as their emotional and mental health. Youth directly improve their Social Emotional skills by increasing their confidence, determination, self-motivation, concentration, and goal setting- outcomes that are linked to long-term academic and professional success.
Our programs change the outcomes for students from under-resourced communities 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
Thursday April 28, 2022 6PM
Project Morry 2022 Spring into Summer Event Committee
Nicole Jablon, Co-Chair
Laurie Rinke, Co-Chair
Project Morry Thanks Our Generous Sponsors for Their Support
Joe and Sandy Samberg
Post Grad Sponsors
Breezemont Day Camp
Camp Echo Lake
Elmwood Day Camp
Leonard and Naomi Bush
Under Grad Sponsors
Mary Pat Draddy
Michael and Davina Fisher
Mindy GablerRead More
Posted Date: November 16, 2021 | Posted In: Latest News
At Project Morry, we believe that everyone has the power to make positive change in their lives and communities. The last 18 months have been challenging for all of us. The effects of the pandemic have disproportionately affected our students, families, and their communities. Despite these challenges, Project Morry students have persevered.
2021 has been a year of highs and lows and ongoing uncertainty. Our nearly 400 students have navigated school openings and closings, the triumphant return to in-person summer camp, covid tests and quarantines, virtual career panels, and a 92% college acceptance rate. Through it all, they have used their voices to advocate and create change for themselves and their communities.
Project Morry Makes Real Change. We make a ten-year commitment to our students and their families through year-round programming from 4th grade through the first year of college. This unique long-term partnership is built on trust, consistency, and expectations that create authentic opportunities for youth to change the trajectory of their lives and the lives of those around them.
When we asked our students to name their superpowers for change, they said: Empathy, Kindness, Open Mindedness, Courage, Resilience, and Advocacy. They know the power in giving back to their communities and each other.
Project Morry’s Superpower is Our Community. With the support of our Project Morry families, students, community partners, board members, donors, and volunteers, we are able to continue empowering and supporting our students. That support is vital in making Project Morry’s programming and impact possible.
What Will Your Superpower Be? Donate by December 31st to support our students in creating long-term positive change.
Thank you for supporting our students in the moments when it matters most. We cannot do our work with you!Read More
Posted Date: August 05, 2021 | Posted In: Latest News, Upcoming Events
On Wednesday November 3, 2021, the Project Morry community will come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our incredible students and alumni as they create positive futures and long-term change in their lives and communities.
We are thrilled to honor Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women and former Executive Director of Project Morry, with the 2021 Morry Award as well as The Dime Bank, longstanding partner of Project Morry, with our 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
From our beginnings as a summer camp in 1995, Project Morry is now a robust ten-year program that supports the academic and life success of 400 young people year-round. Our commitment to each child closes the opportunity gap through a combination of academic enrichment and support, leadership development, and an exceptional summer camp experience. Project Morry is an anti-racist organization, committed to equity for black and brown lives, and against all forms of systemic racism.
This year’s event will be virtual. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy an evening of fun, excitement, and community that Project Morry’s Annual Benefit is known for. Stay tuned for more information on exclusive virtual content aswell as exciting auction items and updates on the event!
The Benefit is the cornerstone of our annual fundraising efforts, raising up to 30% of our annual operating budget. All event proceeds directly support Project Morry’s year-round programming.
Send Your Child To Camp for Good! Bid on Project Morry’s Camp Tuition online auction!
Donate your child’s sleepaway or day camp tuition fee in support of Project Morry through our online auction. Bid on a summer camp tuition to be redeemed at your child’s camp for Summer 2022.
The winning bidder will support an amazing cause, receive a tax deduction for their generous donation, AND receive a full summer of camp!
Click below to see participating sleepaway and day camps and make your bid!
The 2021 Annual Benefit Online Auction is Open!
Check out incredible items like a VIP 3 Concert Series including Billie Eilish and Elton John at the Prudential Center, Front Row Center Court Knicks Tickets, and a Private Dinner Party with a 3x Chopped Champion and MORE! Win an amazing experience and support Project Morry students!
The auction is open now until Friday 11/03/21 at 5pm. Bid now!Read More
Posted Date: March 31, 2021 | Posted In: Latest News
What the Changes in Standardized Testing Mean for Project Morry Students
By Eric Beriguete, Project Morry Director of College and Career Readiness
“Whether you see standardized testing as useful or harmful, remember this: Even the most influential exams are mere products, made and marketed by human beings. And when the market changes, products once billed as essential can become obsolete.”(Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan 2021) These changes include the discontinuation of the SAT subject tests and the optional essay by the College Board. At the same time, amidst the pandemic, many schools are adopting or continuing a test-optional approach to these exams as barriers continue to arise with getting students to take the exam. Many have noted that Covid-19 making it difficult for students to take the SATs and ACTs in 2020 and now 2021. The temporary suspension comes at a time where calls for removal of the exams as assessments for students’ collegiate ability were gaining traction. Appeasing the masses, while taking a look at the financial impact on the College Board; removing the optional essay and the subject tests seems like a no-brainer as fewer and fewer students took advantage of these exams/essays.
Looking back, it’s important to remember that the evolution of the SATs started as a means to create uniform college admissions testing which shifted the admissions process from high schools to the colleges themselves. The initial examination process lasted 5 days and tested a series of subjects that would allow admissions boards to identify applicants that would excel in higher education. As most know during the early 1900s, the Ivy leagues reigned supreme and higher education was more of an option rather than a requirement. During the mid-twentieth century, the exam expanded beyond Ivy League schools to most four-year public and private colleges and universities participating in the admissions system that our Project Morry students and alumni have experienced.
Change Does Not Guarantee Access
In addition to potentially assessing college readiness, the exams also highlight the differences in access for students of low-income areas. With unlimited SAT prep programs and the time to devote to studying, students with the resources can perform well on these exams, while marginalized groups see another potential barrier to accessing higher education and economic mobility. The current shift in testing reduces but does not eliminate those barriers.
It’s important to note that while reducing the use of the SAT and ACT in the college admissions process removes one barrier to college for low-income and students of color, that alone does not correlate to greater access for students of color. Instead, it changes the focus to how colleges will assess applicant readiness in the absence of standardized tests. Experts are predicting greater emphasis on Advanced Placement courses, specialized academic competitions or extracurricular activities to determine a student’s ability to handle rigorous college courses. However, the same inequity in resources that disproportionately impacts students for the SAT, impacts access to expensive college courses and academic competitions. Simply stated, the same schools that cannot afford SAT prep or college guidance counselors, do not have the funds for Advanced Placement courses or subsidize student participation in extracurricular activities.
Project Morry Students
As Project Morry’s Director of College and Career Readiness, when it comes to our students, I have a mixed response to the changes. Some schools, due to the disarray from the pandemic, haven’t provided much information about the SATs because the focus has been adapting to the changes. Other schools have mentioned the exam and continue to find ways to connect our students to virtual programs and resources. Our students are resourceful and take advantage of any opportunity they’re presented with. Rather than passing up on opportunities, they recognize that while some schools are going optional and changes are happening, they are still striving for the best. Some of our children were interested in doing more intensive SAT prep and supplementing it with support services from Project Morry. Others choose to gain real-world experience by working and participating in internships and focusing on cultivating their hobbies.
Adversity isn’t something new to our kids and while the College Board works to address the ways exams reinforce socio-economic disparities, our kids will continue to rise to the challenge and take traditional exams not designed for their success and perform their best. They are aware of the necessary stepping stones required to reach their goals and they are utilizing this moment as an opportunity to find new ways to stand out as applicants.
Over the last year, the pandemic has brought to the forefront the inherent inequities in our education system from elementary school to college with standardized testing being one of many. We have known for years that the SAT exam only states how lucky and “smart” students are on the particular day they take the exam. It does not attest to the quality of students they are and can become. This is a call to action for colleges and universities to find innovative and creative ways to assess students in ways that match their experiences and potential for future success and use the admissions process as a tool to promote a more equitable society.
Posted Date: October 30, 2020 | Posted In: Upcoming Events
For 25 years, the Camp Echo Lake community has been coming together to empower and support Project Morry students and families in achieving their dreams.
It is the deeply felt sense of community between campers, staff, and families that makes summer camp so life changing. It creates long-lasting change in the lives of young people by providing experiences and opportunities that shape their character and values and empower them to achieve their goals.
For 25 years Project Morry has provided the opportunity for those life changing experiences to nearly 400 alumni and 400 current campers. That means that for 25 years your family has been a part of the Project Morry community and making their dreams happen.
Join us on November 17th at Project Morry’s virtual Annual Benefit to celebrate this remarkable community made up of Echo Lake and Project Morry campers, families, and staff who come together to make a difference. We are thrilled to honor the Stein family’s unwavering leadership and commitment to Project Morry with the Founder’s Award.
The Benefit is the cornerstone of our annual fundraising efforts, raising up to 30% of our annual operating budget. All event proceeds directly support Project Morry’s year-round programming.
We hope you will join us from the comfort of your own home on your computer, tablet, or phone on November 17th!
Posted Date: July 01, 2020 | Posted In: Latest News
We are so proud of our 38 graduating seniors of 2020, the aptly named Pathfinders, who have persevered through a very challenging final year of high school. We eagerly anticipate the next steps in their personal and academic journeys, as they go on to college or military service, and more importantly as they bring change and impact to their communities and the world!
Please enjoy a special thank you from the Project Morry staff to this incredible group of students. Congratulations Pathfinders!
Posted Date: June 10, 2020 | Posted In: Latest News
For the last 15 years, Project Morry has actively worked on becoming an anti-racist organization. However, as long as our students and families must endure systemic and individual acts of oppression and violence, our work is not done. We’ve spent the last 2 weeks listening to our students, families, alumni, and community. We share the following as a statement of our commitment to the work that we must do as a community and as an organization.
To Our Project Morry Community,
After almost two weeks and endless years of witnessing, experiencing, feeling and the processing of so many emotions, we want you all to feel our presence in whatever you are going through. Black Lives will Always Matter. George Floyd, Lyanna Dior, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Botham Jean, the list is too long.
Systemic racism perpetuates the injustices and inequalities present in our country.
Systemic racism perpetuates the injustices and inequalities our communities experience every day.
Project Morry will continue creating spaces and opportunities to strengthen, inspire, and plant the seeds necessary to combat these injustices and inequalities.
We will continue the social justice conversations with all our students, cultivating the skills necessary for these future leaders to enact the change and challenge the injustices wherever they may be.
We will keep our commitment to equity for black and brown lives.
We will continue to explore various means of activism and will support our communities in their work towards making these necessary changes.
We stand with our communities in the fight for humanity and against injustice.
Your Project Morry FamilyRead More
Posted Date: May 14, 2020 | Posted In: Latest News
Dear Project Morry Community:
In the past two months, our world has changed.
What has not changed is the Project Morry mission: our purpose, our reason, our why.
In the past two months, we have created and modeled a variety of camp scenarios for Summer 2020. We are now down to one. We have made the decision that our sleepaway camp, Morry’s Camp, will not open for the 2020 summer season. This was an incredibly difficult decision, especially in our 25th year. However, based on the needs of our children and families, it is clear this is the right decision for Project Morry. Every decision we make starts with our commitment to them and how we can continue to keep doing what we are doing.
Project Morry was started 25 years ago with the mission of bringing the transformative impact of summer camp to children from under-resourced communities. In 2020, our purpose hasn’t changed: To empower youth to create positive futures and long-term change for their lives and communities.
We are planning a summer full of programming and activities for our youth at all grade levels. Much like our in-person camp programming, it will build our students’ socio-emotional learning, their critical thinking, as well as their skills for communication and collaboration. It will be designed to engage, to connect, to create, and to bring JOY to our young people over their summer months. We will continue to update you as our plans are finalized and look forward to sharing some of the amazing work that we know will result.
In the past two months, we have learned much and have a great deal to be appreciative of. We are surrounded by a truly remarkable community. Kids, families and alumni who are trusting, funny, hungry to be a part and present; a staff that is passionate, committed, and talented; a board of directors who are insightful and engaged; and volunteers and donors who believe in the importance of what we do and are helping us continue to do it.
A colleague of mine, gave me and others a really beautiful gift of words recently that I will share with you. It truly says it all in this time of distance:
“You cannot cancel a community.”
We are not and we will not. We thank you all for your continued support and belief. Stay safe and be well and take care of you.
Dawn EwingRead More
Posted Date: May 13, 2020 | Posted In: Latest News
Join the Project Morry Community for a Matching Gift Challenge!
Beginning on #GivingTuesdayNow, May 5th through the end of May 2020 all new or increased donations to Project Morry will be thanks to the incredible generosity of a small group of some of our most loyal and long-standing donors.
The youth and families Project Morry serve are already vulnerable, living in some of the most under-resourced communities in the tri-state area. Facing opportunity gaps and economic challenges under the best circumstances and because the Coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on lower income communities and communities of color, our students need us now more than ever. And the support Project Morry provides is more important than ever.
Project Morry is responding to the needs of our students. We are providing services and programming on a weekly basis via phone, video, email, and social media creating structure and consistency. We are assessing student needs and connecting them to resources for technology, academic support, and food or financial insecurity. We are providing college readiness support to our 11th and 12th graders to ensure they are meeting critical deadlines, receiving test prep resources, and connecting to online resources like virtual college fairs and college-led Q&A sessions. Staff is actively working with students on stress management and increasing resilience through mindfulness activities, time management, and goal setting.
Our Matching Gift challenge comes at a critical time. Please consider making a gift now to help us utilize this match and ensure that Project Morry can continue our work now and into the future. Help us continue to make a difference in the lives of young people.
THANK YOU for being a part of the Project Morry community.Read More
Posted Date: April 28, 2020 | Posted In: Latest News, Upcoming Events
Join the Project Morry community on May 5th, 2020 for #GivingTuesdayNow
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. #GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity—to use their individual powers of generosity to remain connected and heal.
Beginning on Giving Tuesday May 5th through May 31st all new or increased donations to Project Morry will be $25,000 thanks to the incredible generosity of a small group of some of our most loyal and long-standing donors.
The youth and families Project Morry serves are already vulnerable. Facing opportunity gaps and economic challenges under the best circumstances and because the Coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on lower income communities and communities of color, our students need us now more than ever. And the support Project Morry provides is more important than ever.
At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.
People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow—whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts.
Our Matching Gift challenge comes at a critical time. Please consider making a gift now to help us utilize this match and ensure that Project Morry can continue our work. Help us continue to make a difference in the lives of young people.
THANK YOU for being a part of the Project Morry community.Read More
Posted Date: March 20, 2020 | Posted In: Latest News, Upcoming Events
Project Morry’s Spring Into Summer Is Going Virtual
Although we will not be hosting an in-person Spring into Summer event this year, we WILL still be celebrating our remarkable honoree Patrick D’Souza and the critical work Project Morry does.
Help us raise $20,000 by April 22nd to turn Spring into Summer into a Day of Giving!
Spring into Summer is all about celebrating the impact young people have on their communities. The Project Morry community is full of committed individuals who volunteer their time, resources, and creativity to support our exceptional youth who are changing their lives and creating long term change.
Project Morry continues to work with our kids and families to access resources, complete school work, prepare for college. We are looking forward to an amazing summer at camp. The world is a challenging place right now. Our kids need us more than ever and the Project Morry community will be there for them.
Four Easy Things You Can Do to Help Us Still Bowl a Strike!
- Donate. We need your support now more than ever. Donate whatever you can toward our goal. Every little bit helps and it all means more when we do it together! The
- Challenge Your Friends and Family to Join You - virtually, of course! Start a fundraiser on Facebook or Instagram. Email your camp friends. Our community is counting on us to do whatever it takes.
- Share Your Personal I AM Project Morry statement with Our Community on Instagram and Facebook. Share your favorite inspirational quote with our students using #IAMProjectMorry to let them know we’re all in this together.
best part of a virtual event is that 100% of your gift goes to directly to support Project Morry students!
We are recruiting people interested in participating in a virtual career fair as well as video or phone calls with our high school students on career and college awareness. All industries, jobs, and colleges welcome! Email Dream@ProjectMorry.org if you’re interested.
Stay tuned for more updates and get ready to celebrate Project Morry’s Spring into Summer!
Thank you for your creativity, flexibility and commitment to the kids and families we serve. Together we’ve got this!Read More
Posted Date: March 17, 2020 | Posted In:
A Note from Dawn
If we were at camp right now, we would all be standing at the flagpole, looking out at our remarkable community. We would acknowledge to our kids and our staff what was happening with Coronavirus and the challenges it presents. We would let them know that there is lots we do know, and that there is lots that we don’t know. We would tell them we would need their help in controlling the things we had control of and that together we would all do our best for each other. To keep each other safe and stay hopeful.
We aren’t at camp though. And although it is SO MUCH harder doing this apart – , with the same commitment to our kids and our families and our communities and our volunteers and our staff.
Project Morry will continue to work with our students, families, and community partners to support them in completing school work, college readiness, goal setting and achieving although how we do that will change as we identify ways to engage remotely for the time being. We are still planning for an amazing summer at camp. Our kids need us more than ever and the Project Morry community will be there for them.
We will learn more with every hour and every day – and we will eventually start to have more answers than questions as we tackle it as the Project Morry community. I am confident of THAT - actually more confident in US than most anything else in the universe at the moment and that in and of itself gives me a great sense of comfort!
More to come. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones,
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!
Posted Date: April 26, 2022 | Posted In:
Thank You for supporting Spring into Summer!
Please purchase your raffle ticket by clicking on Donate.Read More
Posted Date: October 05, 2021 | Posted In:
Dear Camp Families,
It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news that Peter Lai, our “Everything Guy,” passed away on Friday, October 1st, 2021 after a valiant battle with cancer.
For 36 years, Peter touched the lives of countless angels and staff members with his kindness, humility, calm demeanor, work ethic, and contagious smile.
With an amazing ability to connect to people, he knew everyone’s name, both while they were at camp and when they returned as alumni to visit. Peter’s role was in Operations, assisting in the dining room, giving out snacks, paying bills, and so many other intangibles. His hands truly touched every aspect of camp. He was our “postman” collecting letters at dinner and delivering packages to the office. He ensured that the sunscreen boxes were filled and there was drinking water on the playing fields. He gave out snacks and loved playing guessing games with the girls. And of course, we can’t forget that he was our food specialist. Peter stood under the clock in the dining hall during every meal taking care of all of our picky eaters by finding a bagel, a box of cereal or a grilled cheese when no other options would suffice. For our allergy campers, he was their source of security- whether it was at camp or on a trip- he knew what they could eat and made them feel safe. We could go on and on…
In whatever he did, he was the ultimate giver. Nothing was beneath him, and he would volunteer to do anything, without ever seeking any recognition. He never asked for help, just gave it to everyone, regardless of the time of day or night. We will forever remember him driving his golf cart, covered in blue tape, with a big, bright smile.
We are overwhelmed (and not surprised) by the incredible outpouring of love we have received over the past few days with the news about Peter. Many of you have asked about making a donation and we believe the best way to honor Peter is through his lifelong commitment to camp and children. The Peter Lai Scholarship Fund at Project Morry has been established with a significant contribution from the Kagan family.
Peter was a longtime supporter of Project Morry, an organization that empowers young people from under-resourced communities through learning experiences throughout the year and at their summer camp. Founded in 1995, Project Morry was inspired by the vision of camping legend Morry Stein, who recognized the significant positive impact camping had on the lives of young people. He believed that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy a fun filled time away from home in a safe environment.
Please consider a donation in honor of Peter. All donations will be anonymous.
Jane, Dan & ElizaRead More
Posted Date: April 28, 2020 | Posted In:
We hope you and your families are all safe and healthy.
On May 5th as part of #GivingTuesdayNow the 75/25 Committee is happy to invite all Echo Lake alums to the very first Camp Echo Lake Alumni Trivia Bowl!
In the midst of our current shelter-in-place circumstances, we thought it would be great fun to find a way to both get together AND do something good for Project Morry at the same time.
We hope you enjoyed the trivia and maybe even won a special 75th CEL Anniversary prize!
Thank you so much for participating and supporting Project Morry!Read More
Posted Date: July 10, 2019 | Posted In: Latest News
The 24th summer of Morry’s Camp started on June 28th with 65 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.
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.
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.
Posted Date: May 17, 2019 | Posted In: Latest News
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!Read More
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!
Posted Date: February 25, 2019 | Posted In: Latest News, Upcoming Events
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
Project Morry 2019 Spring into Summer Event Committee
Lauren Weissbrod Kennedy
Project Morry Thanks Our Generous Sponsors for Their Support
Post Grad Sponsors
Lee and Rebecca Brodsky
Laurence Glickman and Judy Lighter
Alan and Karen Nadel
Under Grad Sponsors
Dale and Janelle Hanley
Peter and Sue Jackowitz
Evan Jacobs and Liz Kaplow
Susie and Lorre Smith
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 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: 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