The WellMet Gazette 
                                                                           Volume One, March 2017

Welcome to WellMet’s brand new newsletter, the WellMet Gazette! Since WellMet was founded in 1999, we have, with our partners at the New York Community Trust, granted over $2.5 million to almost 170 organizations, most of whom were just starting out with ambitious dreams but only modest recognition or support. Often our grant was their first, but it gave organizations time to find their voice and balance, as well as providing a public endorsement, so that their next grant applications would have more muscle, more credibility.   

The WellMet Gazette will aim to tell the wide and diverse New York City 501(c)(3) world how so many of these once-fledgling organizations have gone on to become essential catalysts in their communities. We are here to celebrate their successes and their triumphs as well as to share their news and upcoming events, all of which you’ll find below. We hope you enjoy the inaugural edition of the WellMet Gazette!

Deborah McManus
Co-Founder, WellMet Philanthropy 


  • The Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans (CIANAreceived a $10,000 grant from the New York Bar Foundation to support their holistic legal immigration services.  
  • HYPOTHEkids received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Award for Hk Maker Lab, their high school program that teaches bioengineering design and entrepreneurship. 
  • As part of JobsFirstNYC's Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project initiative, The Knowledge House (TKH) was awarded a grant by the Pinkerton Foundation to expand their program team and job placement services. TKH has already placed several alumni from their advanced technology courses into full-time jobs at organizations such as Viacom and Hyde Charter School.
  • Scholarship Plus received a four-year $300,000 grant from The New York Community Trust to support two U.S. citizen students studying for college degrees in technology or applied science. Read more here.

Press Coverage 

  • Artistic Director and Founder of The Actors Theatre Workshop (ATW) Thurman E. Scott was named a NY1 New Yorker of the Week. The segment featured ATW’s Builders of the New World, its after-school theatre and education program for homeless children.  
  • City Health Works (CHW) was featured in a PBS Newshour segment entitled, “Can ordinary citizens help fill gaps in U.S. health care?" CHW bridges the gap between the doctor’s office and the everyday lives of patients diagnosed with life-threatening chronic illnesses who also are burdened with additional stressors such as poverty and isolation
  • David Patrick Columbia, founder of the New York Social Diary, wrote about his visit to The East Harlem School (EHS) in Quest magazine. Columbia’s article highlights the importance of EHS’ work in providing a top-notch education to low-income students in East Harlem.
  • The New York Times ran a story profiling Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) and its founder, Mark Goldsmith. GOSO empowers young men to avoid involvement in the criminal justice system by reshaping their futures through educational achievement, meaningful employment, and financial independence. 
  • The Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project was featured in a Chalkbeat story about graduation rates of English Language Learners. The organization's mission is to transform the lives of Haitian newcomer youth through education and leadership development and to raise awareness of immigrant education issues.
  • Groove with Me, a dance studio in Harlem that offers free classes to girls as a safe space for them to discover their potential, was featured twice on the TODAY show. On June 9, Host Hota Kotb profiled the organization, and one June 10, five dancers performed on the show. 
  • Hour Children was featured on Fox 5’s Chasing News broadcast. Reporter Allison Gormly highlighted the organization's efforts to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and rebuild their lives. 
  • Youth and alumni participants from South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) were interviewed on an episode of NBC Asian America’s “Take Back” web series about discrimination. SAYA provides leadership programs for young men and women and men in high school through which they can develop their personal and social identities in a culturally affirming space.
  • ESPN’s Spanish-language channel, ESPN Deportes, featured the story of one young South Bronx United (SBU) student-athlete, Derrick, describing his arduous journey from Honduras in search of a better life.  
  • STEM From Dance's founder/CEO was featured as a Catalyst by NYC Media in a segment that aired on a variety of tv stations. The organization uses dance to grow the number of underrepresented minority girls who are STEM-college ready. 


  • The Andrew Glover Youth Program changed its name to Avenues for Justice. Although the name has changed, its core focus remains the same: to intervene and reclaim young people from lives of crime, provide the overloaded court system with a reliable alternative to incarceration and make the Lower East Side and East Harlem communities safer.
  • Cool Culture kicked off the 2nd edition of the Laboratory for New Audiences. Museum educators from 23 NYC cultural institutions are learning about the power and benefits of community engagement and how to design new initiatives to improve diversity and inclusion practices at their own institutions. 
  • I Challenge Myself expanded its newest program, 4-to-FIT, to three additional schools in Washington Heights. Primarily as a result of the expansion of the 4-to-FIT program, the organization served a total of 356 students their most recent fiscal year, an increase of 105% over the previous year. 
  • In 2016, Let's Get Ready (LGR) served a record 9,000 students between their Access (2,633 high school students receiving SAT prep and college admissions support), Transition and Success (in college) programs. These programs stretched from Philadelphia to Maine, with students attending over 400 different colleges.
  • Masa has expanded their team and hired a Community Organizer for School Justice. The Community Organizer is collaborating with parents to build leadership and power with the goal of identifying strategies and executing campaigns to improve public schools in the South Bronx. 
  • A student from Mythic Bridge won first runner up at the 2016 AT&T/All American High School Film Festival for "His Story," a short film about cyber-bullying and trans youth issues. AT&T plans to show the film as part of their nationwide tour to address cyber-bullying. 
  • Opening Act recently completed a strategic plan that expands its innovative, quality and free After-School Theater program to 40 of New York City’s most underserved high schools. Opening Act seeks to level the playing field by offering opportunities to develop leadership skills, personal commitment and community connections.
  • The Possibility Project released a research report focused on the impact of their Foster Care program, which attempts to address interpersonal, emotional, and identity challenges that foster care teenagers face. The study, conducted by Teacher’s College of Columbia University, found the program had several positive long-term impacts on its alumni. 
  • Four of the Red Hook Art Project’s students were accepted at Edward R. Murrow High School, a top Brooklyn high school with a special program in the arts. This gives the students the opportunity to attend a more rigorous high school than any of the local Red Hook high schools. Read more here.
  • One hundred percent of Row New York seniors from the class of 2016 graduated from high school in four years, and 92 percent matriculated to college, including Ithaca College, Dartmouth College, the United States Naval Academy, Columbia University, Smith College, and a number of competitive SUNY and CUNY schools.
  • Young New Yorkers (YNY) graduates and teachers presented a workshop entitled Art and Transformative Justice at Columbia University's 7th annual Justice Conference. The organization's mission is to empower young New Yorkers to transform the criminal justice system through their own creative voices. 
  • Youth Represent secured contracts from new private and public partners to deliver their community-lawyering model in NYC schools, public housing and Rikers Island. This enables them to reach even more young people in need of high-quality re-entry legal services.

March 30Let’s Get Ready will host two program visits for guests to observe their work in action. For more information, please contact  

April 5-8: The Possibility Project After-School Program presents "Word to the Wise" at The Irondale Center, Brooklyn. Click here for details.  

April 22: SAYA’s annual Young Women’s Leadership Conference. For more information, please contact

April 24: Groove With Me’s 13th Annual Tap & Tapas benefit at Studio 450, Manhattan. Click here for details.

April 25: Actors Theatre Workshop is launching the spring session of the Builders of the New World Program. To participate as a mentor, click here to fill out an application.

April 25: Opening Act’s 11th Annual Play Reading Gala, “A Night of Yes!” Click here for details. 

April 22: Sure We Can's Earth Day activities, Williamsburg. To volunteer email

April 26: Getting Out and Staying Out Gala, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers. Click here for details.

April 27: The East Harlem School Spring Poetry Slam at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Click here for details. 

April 29: Masa’s annual Día del Niño event. This event is free for families; email for more info.

May 11: Hour Children’s 4th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon, Armonk, NY. Details here

May 11: Row New York’s Bow Ball, a cocktail party hosted by their Young Executives Board. Click here for more info.   

May 13: Cool Culture Annual Family Festival: Catch the Cool; Queens Museum. For more information, please email

May 13: South Bronx United Literacy Day at Macombs Dam Park, Bronx, NY. Details here

May 18: The 11th Annual Let’s Get Ready Gala. Click here for details and tickets.

May 20: I Challenge Myself's 4toFIT Games. Click here to volunteer.

May 25: The Cool Culture UnGala, IAC HQ, Manhattan. More info here.

June 4: I Challenge Myself's 2017 Century Ride. Click here to volunteer.

June 10Cool Culture’s 2nd Annual Brooklyn Family Festival: Bring The Cool, Brooklyn Museum. Click here for more info.

June 11: Row New York’s Harlem River Classic at Peter Jay Sharpe Boathouse. Click here for more info.  

June 14: The Scholarship Plus Annual Awards Night for Students and Teachers Who Make a Difference, Jerome L. Greene Space, Manhattan. Email for details.

June 20: Final children’s performance for Actors Theatre Workshop, followed by a dinner, Manhattan. RSVP to 

June 22: Avenues for Justice Golf Classic at New York County Club, New Hempstead, NY. Email for more info. 

July 29: Let’s Get Ready will host their The Summer Career Day for high school students to learn about career paths and professions. To volunteer, contact

August 24th: HYPOTHEkids’ Maker Lab Final Pitch event, followed by a reception at Columbia University. Click here for details.  

September 9South Bronx United Health and Wellness Day, Macombs Dam Park, Bronx, NY. Details here.

September 11: Avenues for Justice Baer Faxt Invitational at Bayonne Golf Club, Bayonne, NJ. Email for more info.

October 4: Row New York’s Fall Gala, Three Sixty, Tribeca. Click here for more info.  

October 19: Avenues for Justice 2017 Second Chance Award Dinner and Auction. Email for more info. 

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