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City Club at GBBGC– July 25, 2018


Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club prides itself on offering a range of activities for our teens throughout the year. One program we are particularly proud of is City Club. City Club transports our teens to NYC once a month to see and to experience museums, theater, historical sites and cultural events, many for the first time. Each adventure is eye opening, offering the teens a glimpse of the bigger world and all it has to offer them. The trips inspire them to dream of a career or develop a new passion or creative interest. This past year 39 teens participated in City Club.

In January, our teens visited the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) in Astoria, Queens. MOMI is the country’s only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique, and technology of film making in all its forms. Embracing a wide range of subjects, from nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art, MOMI explores every phase of the production, promotion, and exhibition of moving images. Our members had the opportunity to learn about special effects, stop motion animation, sound editing and voice overs. This trip encouraged our kids to explore the digital arts as both a creative outlet and a possible profession.

In March,our City Club kids attended the Phantom of the Opera. Our teens were so impressed with the skill, artistry and hard work that went into the sets, costumes and design of the Broadway production. As the longest running musical in Broadway history, the actors, dancers, and orchestra were wonderful. The whole experience was a treat and very memorable for our young audience.

For our May trip, our teens went on a Central Park Bike Tour. Covering over 6 miles, the kids rode bikes all over Central Park and saw Belvedere Castle, the Alice in Wonderland Statue and Strawberry Fields. This trip gave our teens a unique perspective of the NYC skyline and a newfound appreciation of this historic park. This prompted a discussion of the history, culture and urban planning of New York City.

On separate trips, the kids were also able to tour Green-Wood Cemetery, go on the Beast Boat Ride around Manhattan, celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chinatown, explore Belmont Park, and walk the High Line.  At the Club, we work hard to serve our teens. We provide a space for them to receive guidance and support, and to simply relax with friends. During the summer, our Teen Center is open for our drop-in program, our evening Basketball League, and Wednesdays Teen Trips. Please contact our Teen Director Stephanie Urio at 516-759-5437 x 13 or Stephanie.urio@gbbgc.orgto learn more about City Club and our other Teen programs.