Youth Boxing for Change is having a moment.
With enrollment at an all-time high, the non-profit, still in it’s first year, is growing in leaps and bounds. This semester we implemented our Mentorship Pilot Program, matching each teen with a committed, caring adult mentor. Our mentors wear many different hats: accountability buddy, work-out partner, attentive listener, advice giver (to name a few). And their presence in the program has made a world of difference for our teens.
Our teens and mentors have had ample opportunities to bond outside of the boxing ring.
Mentors and teens alike joined forces for the March for Our Lives. Standing beside nearly 200,000 New Yorkers, our group was proud to raise our voices, and our signs, to end gun violence.
This semester included fun enrichment activities like an Improv Acting Class from professionals. Getting silly and letting loose taught our teens how to overcome obstacles in life with agility and ease.
And we returned to Our Father’s Heart soup kitchen in the East Village in order to help New Yorkers who are less fortunate. In an experience at once both humbling and enjoyable, our teens (and mentors) learned the importance of service.
At YB4C, we truly feel that this is just the beginning. We are so excited to see this program continue to grow and flourish, and we would love YOU to be a part of it. If you are looking for a way to give back, get connected or just have fun, please reach out to discuss mentorship and volunteer opportunities.
If your time is limited, but would still like to contribute, please consider a donation today. There’s no money better spent then on our future.