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“BKYSC HAS CHANGED MY LIFE. I WOULD NEVER HAVE BECOME THE PERSON, THE STUDENT, OR THE ATHLETE THAT I AM WITHOUT THIS PROGRAM.” BROOKLYN YOUTH SPORTS CLUB Annual Report 2016 Our Mission To assist Brooklyn youth in their pursuit of college enrollment using basketball as the hook for academic engagement and character development. By combining intensive basketball skills development and rigorous academic support, BKYSC builds an enriching Our History educational setting that empowers youth to fulfill their academic, physical, and personal potential. BKYSC was founded in 2009 based on the premise that a dedication to team sports combined with rigorous academic support can yield powerful results that build leaders, student-athletes, and college graduates. The organization was designed to use athletics, specifically basketball, as a vehicle to engage Brooklyn youth in productive academic programs with an emphasis subject-based tutoring and college prep. Engagement is fundamental to our basketball-centric approach and has proven to be a very powerful and effective way to involve young people in off-the-court learning experiences. Students choose to participate at BKYSC. Motivated by their own aspirations, hard work becomes a direct result of authentic engagement. While we stress that basketball must be kept in perspective as a game meant to be fun, we also understand that by leveraging the power of basketball we build a learning environment where both students and staff are driven by passion. That dynamic leads to genuine learning experiences that result in long-term success. We have seen our programs positively impact hundreds of student-athletes over the past seven years. Our program’s culture empowers youth to see college not as a goal but as an expectation and the organization prides itself on maintaining our 100% college enrollment rate. By instilling values of hard work, leadership, tenacity, and dedication, BKYSC alumni are not only equipped with the academic qualifications for college enrollment but are also prepared to tackle the rigors and demands of college. Our Challenge Our Approach ‘‘ The Hook Less than 60% We believe that student learning is driven of Brooklyn students BKYSC has prepared by personal engagement and individual graduate from high school; my son for college, connections – at BKYSC, we use basketball 45% of NYC public I cannot thank them as a vehicle to engage and inspire excellence school students enroll enough… off-the-court. By leveraging the power of in college our students’ interests, we are able to find a meaningful entry point to education that is driven by the students. ‘‘ By the nint

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