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Youth of the Year takes 2nd Place


Jesus Torres takes 2nd Place
Jesus Torres proudly holding his NYS Award Certificate

Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle 2019 Youth of the Year, Jesus Torres, takes 2nd Place at New York State Competition

Jesus Torres is a 16-year-old student at New Rochelle High School currently completing his 11thgrade year. Jesus is a member of Model Congress at NRHS, Chorale and was on the NRHS Rugby Team.

He has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle for 4 years. Jesus was one of the inaugural members of the relaunch of the Mascaro Teen Program. With the relaunch we started a new charter for the teen program, Keystone where he was fortunate to be elected Co-President of Keystone. As one of the new teens at Mascaro he was able to be the first to participate in various national programs such as Career Launch, Keystone, Money Matters, and local programs such as Law Club.

As a member of Law Club, which is a Club run by the New Rochelle Bar Association for Boys & Girls Club members, Jesus has been able to find a passion for Law. He has been able to attend several events to further that interest including a dinner with Westchester County District Attorney, Anthony Scarpino and the New York State Superior Judges Dinner, where he met the Chief Justice.

Jesus was also invited to the New York State Democratic Convention last May. He received the opportunity after being interviewed and asked questions about how gun violence affected him for a commercial for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reelection campaign. He was able to stand on stage and witness so many great speakers including Vice President Joe Biden.

Jesus was selected as the 2019 Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle Youth of the Year by a panel of judges. Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. A Youth of the Year candidate embodies Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s three priority outcome areas of leadership, character and service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. Being named a Youth of the Year is the highest honor bestowed upon Club and Youth Center members.

On May 19thJesus was named the runner up, 2ndplace, for the New York State Youth of the Year Competition, receiving a $2,000 college scholarship.

New Board President

Mary Jo Jacobs photo

The Boys & Girls Clubs of New Rochelle’s (BGCNR) Board of Directors has elected Mary Jo Jacobs as the next Board President.

Ms. Jacobs has served on the board since August 2015 which included a period as Vice President. Ms. Jacobs succeeds former President, Jamie Deustch. When describing her goals for the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, Ms. Jacobs says, “I deeply value the mission of this amazing institution and its impact on the children in our community.  My priority is to continue to develop the board as we embark on a strategic plan for the Club. We are at a pivotal juncture in the organization. Our programs have grown and deepened, so it is critical that we provide strong governance from individuals with varied backgrounds and skills who can continue to help us serve the kids who need us most.”

Ms. Jacobs is Vice President at USI Insurance Services. She has been an engaged member of the New Rochelle community working in leadership and fundraising roles with various New Rochelle PTAs, was a former District 11 candidate for the Westchester County Legislature, and has directed children’s programming through the public schools and her church. Ms. Jacobs brings a wealth of experience in human resources, as well as an understanding of the New Rochelle community. 


Thank you Raymour & Flanigan, the NBC Universal family, and Telemundo

 July 2018

The Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle would like to thank
Raymour & Flanigan, NBC Universal, NBC News4, and Telemundo
for their generosity at the Support Our Schools Back to School Supplies Drive.

Here are a few highlights from this great event!!

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Raymour & Flanagan,, NBC Universal family & Telemundo logos


BGC aides Puerto Rico’s hurricane victims

BGC attends screening of The Black Panther

Taco Bell donation

Taco Bell donates to BGCNRMarch, 2018

Thank you NY Taco Bell Owners Association

This year the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle received $80,000 from the New York Taco Bell Owners Association !!!

We want to thank Taco Bell for their continuous support to help us run dynamic teen programming and activities for our high school members. We also want to thank Boys & Girls Clubs of America for creating and fostering national partners like Taco Bell! 

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