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Google’s Corporate Engineering Women’s group, Filipino Googler Network and Asian Googler Network hosted “Be the Bridge” for their 18th anniversary in October, in partnership with Apex for Youth and Peace Jam. “Be the Bridge” is a program to inspire youth and help equip them for the challenges and opportunities that may come in their future. … Continued

Going Outdoors

For our mentees, being a part of Apex means getting to try new things they may not otherwise have the opportunity for–like going outdoors. Every year, we take them to various spots in New York and the surrounding areas for activities like hiking, ice skating, ropes courses and snow tubing. These activities not only give … Continued

Holiday Party 2016

On December 17, 2016, Apex for Youth celebrated the end of the year by hosting its annual youth Holiday Party at P.S. 1 and at LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park in Brooklyn! Early in the morning, our volunteers, mentors and high school mentees transformed the cafeteria with wall decor and set up activity stations for our elementary school … Continued

Mini Olympic with Ogilvy!

The Apex for Youth After School Program hosted a Mini Olympics for its students in November. After school teachers and Ogilvy volunteers made our inaugural Mini Olympics at the Corpus Christi School a major success–thank you! A total of 33 students participated in three fun competitive competitions: the Three Legged Race, the Table Tennis tournament and the … Continued

Opening Day 2016

We kicked off the new school year for our Mentoring Program with our annual Opening Day, where many of our mentees and mentors from the Middle School Mentoring Program (MSMP) and High School Mentoring Program (HSMP) met for the first time. This year, we celebrated Opening day at Fink’s Country Farm in Long Island; because … Continued

Summer League 2016 Recap

In conjunction with the Dynasty Project, we successfully hosted another season of our annual summer basketball league, We Run as One! From July 8 to August 13, we held games on Saturdays for 4th – 8th graders to play with their peers, culminating in a final tournament. Participants this year included students from our regular … Continued

Summer League Alumni Give Back

Our annual We Run as One summer basketball league this year saw alumni returning to help out! Currently in high school, these volunteers formerly participated in our league as team members from ISS Flightz, an Immigrant Social Services evening basketball program here in our local Chinatown community. They helped keep score, time and coach our Summer League … Continued

Career Day at Pentagram

On Friday August 12, 2016, Apex for Youth mentees attended a morning Career Day session at Pentagram, located in Manhattan’s Flatiron district. Pentagram is a company that designs and produces some of the world’s most well known brand logos (view their iconic projects here), and the company also created Apex for Youth’s new logo two … Continued

Alumni Career Panel at Refinery 29

On June 30, 2016, Apex for Youth hosted a career panel for former mentees with speakers from a wide range of industries including finance, journalism/fashion, technology, hotel/restaurant management and healthcare at Refinery29, located on 225 Broadway. Jian Dong, MD (Mt. Sinai Residence Physician and Graduate of NYU Medical School), John Zhang (Software Engineer – Google), … Continued

Closing Day 2016

Closing Day signifies the end of our mentoring program for the year, and is also the time of year when we officially bid adieu to our graduating seniors. This June, we brought more than 120 mentors, mentees and volunteers from both our Manhattan and Queens mentoring programs up to Nyack College in Nyack, NY to … Continued

Overnight College Tour 2016

From April 26 through 27, we took our mentees on our first overnight college tour through schools in Pennsylvania. Special thanks to staffer Jessica for applying for the grant and taking the mentees on her own! Read on below for a recap from one of the mentees who went on the trip. I came in … Continued

Mentoring Highlight: Battery Park Community Activism

Over 50 mentors and mentees from our middle school mentoring program helped plant bottle brush shrubs in Battery Park on Saturday, April 23rd. While most parks are publicly owned by the city, Battery Park is maintained by The Battery Conservancy, privately funded since 1994 when it was established. Mentors and mentees worked hand in hand with the … Continued

2016 First Quarterly Report

Dear Friends, To keep the entire community informed about Apex, I am proud to present to you the first quarterly report for the organization. In these reports, I will share with you program highlights and organizational strategies with hopes that you’ll all feel closer to the Apex family. The most exciting news to report is … Continued

Feature: 2016 Gala Student Speaker

Meet our 2016 Inspiration Awards Gala student speaker! Apex mentee Ken Bamba, a current senior at Brooklyn Tech, shared his experiences at the gala about Apex and how Apex has impacted his life. For example, Apex has strengthened ties between Ken and his two brothers, also participants in the mentoring program. With their different school … Continued

Career Day at Estée Lauder Companies

One of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of skin care, makeup, and fragrance products located on 5th Avenue, the Estée Lauder Companies, invited our Apex for Youth mentors and mentees to Career Day on Friday, April 29. Not many of us were familiar with the beauty industry and its marketing, so the panelists introduced … Continued

Self Defense Workshop with New York Asian Women’s Center

On March 26, 2016, five of our High School mentoring pairs and Apex staff member, Sascha VanWilliams, were invited by Yinan Xia from The Young Professionals Board of New York Asian Women’s Center to attend Defend with a Friend, a self-defense workshop designed to build awareness, preparedness, and readiness for any life-threatening situation that may … Continued

Holiday Party

Check out the photos from our latest holiday party for our youth!

Mentoring Highlight: Thankful Trees

In preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, we asked our middle school mentoring pairs to think about gratitude and what they’re thankful for this holiday season. We started off with a worksheet to get them warmed up,including questions like: Describe a special favor you received and how it helped and touched you Describe a special gift … Continued

Mentoring Highlight: Halloween!

For our pre-Halloween middle school mentoring session, we broke up our mentoring pairs into teams to make Halloween costumes out of everyday materials: aluminum foil, tissue paper, toilet paper, string, construction paper and markers. With some teamwork, they came up with a whole gamut of costumes! We saw a unicorn, Tarzan, a mummy, a pirate, … Continued