2016 Support Behind the Book at A Celebration to Benefit New York Kids

Benefiting: Youth INC
Hosted by:Christy Hood
The Waldorf Astoria, Grand Ballroom map 301 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022
Goal: $90,000
$94,904 4 105% Complete

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Whether it's the pleasure of reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee every morning or curling up with a favorite novel on the weekend, chances are, reading has enriched your life. 

According to The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 26% of students in New York City performed at or above a reading proficiency level in 2015.

Behind the Book's mission is to inspire New York City public school students to love reading by bringing accomplished authors and their books into classrooms and creating rich, innovative literacy programs.  In a series of workshops, authors discuss their books and teach a genre of writing, encouraging students to see themselves as readers and writers and ultimately guiding them in the creation and publication of their own original writing.  Our programs nurture creative thinking, self-confidence, and the belief that each person’s ideas have value and should be heard. 

Independent evaluations confirm that Behind the Book programs increase student motivation to read and write[1], improve content learning[2] and increase literacy skills[3]. One Behind the Book student said of the impact of the program:

I've been inspired to learn more, read more and write more. One day I even plan to write a book of my own.
     - 12th grade student, Collegiate Institute for Math and Science High School, the Bronx NY

Since our founding in 2003, we have served more than 12,500 students but there are still 15 NYC public schools on Behind the Book's waiting list. With your support, we can meet this demand and continue to impact more than 1,700 students in the 2016-2017 school year. Join us in taking students 'behind the book.'  Together we can create readers for life!

A Celebration to Benefit New York Kids
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Waldorf Astoria, Grand Ballroom
New York, NY

6:30 PM – Cocktail Reception and Live Entertainment
7:00 PM – Feature Presentation honoring 14 of New York City's most promising youth-serving nonprofits
7:15 PM – Cocktail Reception and Live Entertainment Continue
9:30 PM – Reception Concludes

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The Celebration Fundraising Training Program

Each year, Youth INC annual "Celebration" fundraising training program provides as many as 14 nonprofits with a coach who trains Executive Leadership and Board Members to more effectively raise funds from individuals and corporations.

Since 1994, Youth INC has:

  • Trained more than 130 nonprofits through "Celebration"
  • Coached Celebration partners to collectively raise $16 million
  • Placed almost 200 corporate professionals as nonprofit board members
  • Directly invested $2 million in capacity building grants

About Youth INC

Youth INC harnesses the energy and talent of New York's brightest minds in business to help high-performing, grassroots organizations deliver opportunities for New York City's children. Our holistic approach, long-term partnerships, and customized programs work in concert with each other to help organizations to achieve sustainable growth.

Your gift to Youth INC for A Celebration to Benefit New York Kids will directly support your chosen nonprofit organization. Your gift does not go towards Youth INC’s operating costs or the costs of producing the gala event. In fact, if your chosen nonprofit achieves their fundraising goal, they are eligible receive more than the amount of your gift.

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