YOUNG ADVOCATES CIRCLE

Coming Together for BCNY

About the Young Advocates Circle

The Young Advocates Circle (YAC) is a group of like-minded philanthropic professionals in their 20s and 30s devoted to supporting the Boys’ Club of New York and its members by volunteering and engaging with our programs. If you are interested in joining the YAC please contact us at yac@bcny.org.

After college, I was interested in finding a great organization to give back to. I started by asking family members, friends, and work colleagues for recommendations. It was after speaking with Edward Rappa where I learned about the Boys’ Club of New York. He encouraged me to visit one of the clubhouses to see the great work going on with the kids. I visited the Harriman Clubhouse in 2018 and immediately realized this was the perfect organization for me. I asked Stephen Tosh, CEO of the Boys’ Club of New York, if the organization had a young working professionals group.

Not long after that conversation with Stephen Tosh, a new group was formed. Stephanie Kearney, Troy Neal, and I started the Young Advocates Circle (YAC). The YAC became an independent group of professionals in their 20s and 30s devoted to supporting the Boys’ Club of New York and its members by volunteering and engaging with like-minded philanthropic individuals. We have increased our membership to over 70 people and hosted a number of events to raise money for the organization. I am proud of what the group has accomplished to date and am excited to see what the future holds.

Michael Puntillo, YAC Co-President

I was first introduced to the Boys’ Club of New York through Phil Bowman when the YAC was launched and looking for volunteers with a commitment to the next generation. For me, a lifelong fan of the city, there is something especially rewarding about BCNY’s mission and proven track record of serving as a launchpad for so many young New Yorkers.

Tutoring and athletics volunteer events were some of my first experiences with the organization and have continued to be a fun and fulfilling experience each time around. I find that the hands-on aspect of the YAC to be the reason that we have garnered so much interest and support over the years. Some members may make a better dodgeball player than chemistry tutor, but we continue to be oversubscribed in our support for giving back in-person.

While the past 18 months have been a challenge for everyone to meet and stay connected, the YAC is energized by the opportunity to get back together and move forward on some of our 2019-2020 momentum.

Willis Fries, Former YAC Co-President

Leadership

Co-Presidents

  • Eliza Breed
  • Michael Puntillo

Membership Co-Chairs

  • Philip Bowman
  • Brian Cintron

Fundraising Co-Chairs

  • Stephen Hearn
  • Andrew Burns

Advancement Chair

  • Travis Russell

Volunteering Chair

  • Doria Josma

Members

  • Adam August
  • Mary C. Benedetto
  • Alice Berman
  • Philip Bowman
  • Eliza Breed
  • Diana Bromfield
  • Andrew Burns
  • Brian Cintron
  • Olivia Dolan
  • Mackenzie Dowling
  • Willis Fries
  • Carter Hardy
  • Stephen Hearn
  • Daniel Hirsch
  • Doria Josma
  • Elizabeth Manning
  • Sage Mason
  • Carter Moore
  • Christopher A. Oyathelemi
  • Seth Podell
  • Michael Puntillo
  • Averill Roberto
  • Travis Russell
  • Penn Sednaoui
  • John Thoubboron

Past Events

Jingle & Mingle YAC Holiday Party

December 8, 2022. Almost 200 Young professionals gathered to raise funds for our BCNY programs.

2022 FALL CELEBRATION

Numerous young advocates supported the Fall Celebration at The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park on October 13, 2022.

Yankees vs. Angels

June 2, 2021. BCNY YAC visited the June 2 Yankees vs. Angels game with some members from the clubhouses.

2021 Thanksgiving Drive

YAC members supported our Annual Thanksgiving Drive on November 20, 2021.

YAC members participated in virtual mock interviews with our High School Access members on December 2, 2021

HSA members were readying their applications for their top choice high schools, and to help them prepare, the Young Advocates Circle volunteers spoke to twelve HSA members to help prepare them for the next step in the interview process.

Contact Us

For more information about the Young Advocates Circle, please contact Joshua Beacham, Campaign and Events Associate, at 347.505.5388 or yac@bcny.org.

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