8th Annual Aces for Apex Casino Night

8th Annual Aces for Apex Casino Night  The Apex for Youth Associate Board invites you to our 8th Annual Aces for Apex Casino Night: A Night at the Museum. Get decked out and join us for our largest event yet! Try your luck at exhilarating casino games or our High Roller Poker Tournament with a … Continued

Executive Director Quarterly Update

  Dear Friends, This summer was an exciting time for Apex for Youth. We offered two 4-week summer programs for students in our School’s Out NYC after school programs. Our We Run As One summer basketball league with the Dynasty Project had 18 teams and over 200 players participate. We offered our first ever art & … 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

Apex is Hiring!

We’re growing and looking for dedicated new members to join the Apex family! Please spread the word. Operations Assistant Part-Time (25 hours per week, Mon-Fri) Apex for Youth is hiring a part-time Operations Assistant in its New York office. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Operations Assistant is responsible for all general and administrative support … 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

Volunteer Appreciation + Senior Graduation Dinner 2016

We held our annual Volunteer Appreciation and Senior Graduation Dinner on Wednesday, June 8, to thank our volunteers for their dedication and service to our programs and youth, as well as bid adieu to our seniors. Last year marked our first year at Golden Unicorn; this year, we were able to have the entire floor … 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

6th Annual Cocktails for Charity

Thanks to everyone who came out for our annual Cocktails for Charity happy hour on Thursday, March 10! We had nearly 400 attendees and raised $2,000! Special thanks to our sponsor, STK Downtown and The One Group, for the beautiful space and hospitality. Check out the photos below, and we’ll see you next year!  

Lunar New Year Festival 2016 a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out for Lunar New Year Festival presented by Xi’an Famous Foods on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Terminal 5 in Manhattan, and supporting Apex and our programs. Nearly 1,000 people attended the festival, which included performances by Kimberley Chen, Softlipa, Kina Grannis and Far East Movement. It was amazing to … Continued

Ringing the NYSE Morning Bell!

We were invited to ring the New York Stock Exchange’s morning bell on Friday, February 26, 2016, to commemorate our 24th anniversary and upcoming expansion of our program sites into Brooklyn and Queens. Our executive director, Michael Lee, and Apex mentee and current high school senior, Ken Bamba, rang the bell from the podium. Ken … Continued