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

Join Us at LNYF 2016!

  Ring in the lunar new year with Apex for Youth, Xi’an Famous Foods and TAP-NY with Xi’an Famous Foods Presents Lunar New Year Festival benefit concert! We have an A-list line-up and some of the tastiest restaurants in town at this can’t-miss event. Saturday, February 20 Terminal 5 610 W. 56th St. 5:30 p.m. … Continued

Holiday Party

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

Thank you for attending Casino Night!

We hosted our most successful annual Aces for Apex Casino Night yet on Saturday, November 14, thanks to all of you! This year, we moved to La.venue in Meatpacking and transformed the space into a luxe underground casino, befitting our Casino Royale theme. Guests helped play the part in their Monte Carlo-esque attire–check out their … Continued

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

Opening Day 2015

We started off another school year with Opening Day, a group event where we take our mentors and mentees out of the city for a day of outdoor bonding and fun. Many of our new mentors and mentees met for the first time! This year we took them to Bear Mountain, where mentors and mentees … Continued

Inaugural Mentee Social!

Before the end of summer, we hosted our first ever mentee social. During the summer  break, some students find themselves with an abundance of free time on their hands at home, so our summer interns helped combat this by organizing a mentees-only event on August 21. Sorry mentors! Mentees came to the office to enjoy … Continued