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The Return of St. John’s Day
We couldn’t have asked for a better return of the annual St. John’s Day! After a pause due to the pandemic, we were thrilled to host this annual celebration of our youth, families, and staff.
The young men in the RTC program retained their basketball championship title against the youth from the NSP program. But the NSP youth walked away with a victory in the NSP vs. RTC football game.
Kids enjoyed being kids with a water balloon fight and other games. They showed off their talents – drumming, rapping, and reciting poems. Everyone enjoyed great food prepared by our staff and drinks sponsored by National Grid, Generation Kia, Liberty Coke, and Geico.
Thank you to our sponsors for making this much anticipated day a success and to our staff and community for the continued support of our youth!
A Memorable Night with the Long Island Nets
What a night! Our youth, families, and staff enjoyed a truly one-of-a-kind experience at last week’s LI Nets game.
Thank you to the LI Nets for the warm and generous welcome – from our names on the jumbotron to inspiring moments with the players and former NBA player and President of Business Operations, NBA G-League LI Nets Team, Alton Byrd – thank you!
In addition to a great game and fun entertainment throughout, our families enjoyed courtside action during practice and the line-ups.
After the game, two teams of our young men took to the court for their special match-up, resulting in two ties and a nail-biting tiebreaker. The play-by-play and score was voluntarily provided by the LI Nets announcer and scoreboard technician!
We are grateful to have been able to share this wonderful experience with our kids, families, and staff!
Partnership with New York Restoration Project
St. John’s and P256Q partnered with New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to host a tree giveaway. In addition to a fun community service project, NYRP helped bring learning to life for our youth, building on what they learned in science class about seeds, flowers, and trees.
The youth helped NYRP distribute more than 50 trees to neighbors in the community who had pre-registered.
Thank you to NYRP for making learning fun and for sharing new experiences with our youth!
Thank you to the Rockaway Hotel and Imagine Swimming!
Thanks to a partnership with the Rockaway Hotel, young men in the Close to Home program were invited to participate in a four-week pilot swim program led by Imagine Swimming.
The program was initially scheduled to launch earlier this year but was delayed due to COVID. We were thrilled that the hotel wanted to move forward to support the local community and partner with our young people.
We are thankful for the opportunity to provide new experiences and skills to our young people, especially at a time when those opportunities are not readily available!
The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy collaborated with St. John’s Residence for Boys through a program called Wild Year. Click here to read more:
St. John’s is closely monitoring COVID-19 and its impact and following guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and local health officials and authorities.
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St. John’s and Little Flower Children and Family Services of NY Affiliate
St. John’s and Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York (Little Flower) announced that they have entered into an affiliation agreement. Both organizations, each with a deep history and strong ties in their communities, will retain their independent identities and Boards but will be stronger together in an affiliated structure. This partnership will allow for increased collaboration as a means to continue the missions of each organization, to increase efficiency in the programs and services offered, and to broaden those services to a growing base in the communities they serve. St. John’s will have the ability to draw from Little Flower’s larger operational systems while the combined service footprint and services offered by the affiliated organizations will create a deeper and broader regional presence.