Adams Moves to New Rochelle School District from Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle
Nathaniel Adams, former director of operations for Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle (BGCNR), has joined the City School District of New Rochelle to manage and implement the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative. MBK New Ro is a joint effort of the City of New Rochelle and the school district under the auspices of the New Rochelle Youth Bureau. Its mission is to change the narrative of underserved populations, particularly boys and young men of color, by closing and eliminating opportunity gaps and helping them reach their full potential.
“I am absolutely thrilled for Nate as he has been the ‘heart and soul’ of the Boys & Girls Club, making a true difference by positively impacting the lives of many of our youth and our families,” said Becky Mazzanobile, BGCNR CEO. “I am grateful Nate will continue working closely with us as a member of our Remington Capital and Construction Campaign Committees, and as district liaison for after-school and enrichment programming made possible by our recently awarded 21st Century Grant. He also will continue to strengthen our important relationship with the school district, providing meaningful opportunities and supporting our youth and families in New Rochelle. Our community is fortunate to have such an incredibly caring and big-hearted person like Nate.”
In supporting the MBK New Ro community, Adams will collaborate closely with Superintendent Jonathan Raymond and other school officials to further uncover the disparate outcomes for youth of color in the community, review policies and practices that have held these disparities in place, and gather the right players to change them.
“We are thrilled to have Nate Adams joining the New Rochelle school district team,” stated Superintendent Raymond. “Nate’s experience at the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle and commitment to the children in our community make him uniquely qualified to lead the My Brother’s Keeper partnership with the City of New Rochelle. Nate epitomizes the ideal that we are one New Rochelle.”
In his new role, Adams will lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive approach to the MBK initiative, and support schools with the creation, implementation, and evaluation of programs and learning opportunities for male students of color in grades pre-K through 12. He will serve as an internal and external leader representing their voice and needs within the district and community at large, and be responsible for developing a multi-sectoral, city-wide agenda focused on creating high-impact solutions to help them succeed.
Since joining BGCNR as director of its Remington Clubhouse in 2015, Adams had served as an inspirational leader of the organization. After becoming director of operations in 2016, he increased BGCNR’s positive impact and role in the community through a variety of initiatives: raising the number of before-care and after-school programs from five to 25; managing development of eight additional sites, and doubling the number of youth served; creating the New Rochelle Huguenot Football Program, serving 600 students over the course of five years; leading BGCNR’s partnership and mentoring collaboration with PepsiCo; developing elementary school electives/clubs serving over 2,500 youth annually; and enhancing the organization’s partnerships with various local Fortune 500 companies.
Looking back at his experience, Adams said, “I can’t thank the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle and our board of directors enough for entrusting me to help guide our efforts and allowing me to realize my vision for this dynamic organization. I never dreamed I’d be able to impact so many communities, children, and parents during my seven-year tenure with BGCNR. I’m confident that the BGCNR foundation is stronger than ever and look forward to supporting a new generation of leaders who’ll serve as a beacon of hope for the children who need us most.”
He continued, “Under my leadership, the MBK initiative will continue to collaborate with and support organizations such as BGCNR. It takes a village and strong stakeholders such as BGCNR to provide our youth with positive opportunities and experiences, and exposure to all life has to offer.”
After Adams’ departure, rather than searching for his replacement, BGCNR will elevate internal staff to leadership positions, providing them with opportunities for continued professional growth and development, and create operating units focused on key activities and initiatives.