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Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club at Lincoln House – A Cycle of Leadership


Teen Program Director Breanna Townsell with Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club at Lincoln House Members Edward M. and Trinity G.

Edward and Trinity are two young leaders who demonstrate the impact of Long Island youth agencies. Edward is a junior and Trinity a sophomore at Glen Cove High School.

Edward joined the Club in the summer 2010, when a friend told him about the summer program. Now, at 16 he is a junior at Glen Cove High School and works at the Club, serving as a role model to younger members. He really enjoys the summer trips the Club runs as well as working with computers, as he is very interested in technology. Edward also assists senior staff in organizing activities, homework help, and snack distribution.

“I’m always here,” said Edward, whether he is doing homework, helping other kids, or working as a summer youth employee. The Club’s technology program has sparked his interest in film directing, his dream career.

Trinity is a sophomore at Glen Cove High School; she joined the Club as a fifth grader.  She says she “fell in love” with the Club and started helping out. She spreads her warmth, enthusiasm, and positivity every day volunteering her time with the younger members. Both Edward and Trinity enjoy the dance program at the Club. Trinity also likes the recording studio. “Music helps me escape,” she said, noting that she’s no longer scared of singing in public. “It opened me up.” She also sings in the chorus at school. A Club trip to Glen Cove Hospital, through a program with Northwell Health, inspired her to pursue her academics so that she can become a doctor.

What would they tell someone who asked what’s so special about the Club? “I would bring them here and show them around,” said Ed. “We are like one huge family. The kids look up to me now, as I looked up to the staff when I was younger. It’s like a cycle.”

Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club at Lincoln House has been serving the community since 1903.The Mission of the Club is to provide a safe and caring environment that will inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club serves more than 600 youth, ages 6 to 18, in the Glen Cove community with a variety of after school programs in education, sports and recreation, dance, technology and art, all designed to enrich and enhance learning and build self-esteem. The Club provides a varied and diversified program utilizing nationally recognized educational and recreational curricula that have been field tested. The Club currently offers programming in the following core areas: Character and Leadership Development, The Arts, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. The Club focuses on high moral character, leadership, and citizenship through several programs, including but not limited to mentoring, tutoring, cultural awareness, instructional programs, and Summer Youth Employment Program. This program teaches teens the importance of responsibility, a work ethic, and goal setting. The teens gain a sense of usefulness and influence when they are empowered to provide a meaningful summer experience for the younger members.
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