The Boys’ Club of New York Names New Chief Program Officer

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Rashida Abuwala, formerly Director of Program Development and Evaluation, steps into new role at BCNY.

Rashida Abuwala

Our mission to empower boys and young men is as critical as ever and I will strive to provide only the most effective and engaging programs towards deepening our impact.

Rashida Abuwala has been named the new Chief Program Officer (CPO) at The Boys’ Club of New York (BCNY), a position that is also new to the organization. As CPO, Abuwala is responsible for developing and managing BCNY’s comprehensive array of services and programs, involving the oversight of high-quality program implementation, evaluation, and operations. She is responsible for ensuring that BCNY’s programs and services meet the organization’s high standards, while also meeting the expectations of funders, and stakeholders, and, most importantly, the needs of its members. "I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity to serve BCNY’s members and families as Chief Program Officer," said Abuwala. "Our mission to empower boys and young men is as critical as ever and I will strive to provide only the most effective and engaging programs towards deepening our impact."

"Rashida has done exceptional work as Director of Program Development and Evaluation here at BCNY," said Executive Director Stephen Tosh, "and I am confident that her dedication to innovative programming will truly enrich the value and enhance the efficacy of our programs."

Abuwala has achieved considerable success in two years as Director of Program Development and Evaluation. She has introduced more than a dozen new programs, including college access, STEM, workforce development, psychotherapy, and Saturday hours, which are now Clubhouse mainstays. She implemented a comprehensive outcomes measurement and evaluation system, and established systems and processes for effectively managing programs, which have significantly improved member attendance, parent and community feedback, and board engagement. Abuwala also diversified foundation fundraising, and exceeded annual new funding goals by 13%.

Prior to BCNY, Abuwala was the Director of Research and Evaluation at Phipps Community Development Corporation where she led the assessment and maintenance of quality for over 40 programs serving 8000 children and adults. Abuwala has worked in social service, court innovation, political intelligence, grass-roots policy reform, and has authored several articles and papers. Abuwala has an MSc from The London School of Economics and a BA with Honors from Wesleyan University.

BCNY, a youth development organization that uses a multi-disciplinary approach to prepare boys and young men to achieve their full potential, is thrilled that Abuwala will be taking on this new role, and congratulates her on her successes. For more information about BCNY visit http://www.bcny.org.

About The Boys’ Club of New York

The Boys’ Club of New York is committed to nurturing, mentoring and guiding boys and young men to prepare them to reach their fullest potential. Throughout its 137-year history of youth development, The Boys’ Club of New York has combined a single-minded focus on boys and young men with a unique, multi-disciplinary approach that prepares them for a fulfilling and meaningful adulthood. The Boys’ Club of New York accomplishes this through an approach that includes music and arts programs, social and recreational activities, academic support, and athletics.

By introducing boys to new ideas, expanding their interests, developing their real-world skills, providing a safe and nurturing environment, and offering ongoing counseling and mentorship, the Boys’ Club of New York helps shape boys and young men into the best men they can be.

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