What do we see for the future? A world where everyone is presented with the same opportunities as everyone else. All that’s needed is desire and some hard work. At Renaissance Education Music and Sports we have designed programs to do just this. Seeing children maximize their potential, regardless of their socio-economic background or ethnicity has become a reality. We provide our children with the opportunities and experiences that will help them navigate their uncertain future, giving them direction and a degree of certainty and self confidence that they may not otherwise have. We strive to instill within our students the values of self-worth, pride, commitment, perseverance, and family reverence through discipline, mentoring, academic programs and positive role modeling.
To empower at-risk inner city youth to fully maximize their potential as productive and responsible members of society by offering dynamic, team-building education, music and sports programs while instilling the importance of building strong communities. We believe that we can achieve these goals by enriching the lives of our students, by filling in some of the gaps that their schools or families in some cases may not be able to fill.
In August of 2001 Bervin Harris and Darren Quinlan decided to start Renaissance Education Music and Sports. Unhappy with how the city was mandating the use of funds for after-school programs they collaborated and formed this organization that is dedicated and committed to the children of the Bronx.
Both Bervin and Darren wanted to create a place where children of all ages could develop lifelong academic and social skills that would lead them to better lives; a place and concept that stayed consistent with it’s mission, but without the hindrances of city politics or issues that many public schools face.
Originally housed in borrowed spaces for many years and then in the rented basement of a small building on 163rd Street in the Bronx, the organization grew through word of mouth as more and more parents in the community heard of the program. Parents were excited about having a safe place for their children to grow and learn with education, music and sports as the foundation.
In 2011 with over 200 kids on Saturdays in several programs and over 1000 kids each week in total, Bervin, Darren and the board knew that it was time to search for a space that could
effectively accommodate the growing numbers. After securing the current, new rented location on Third Avenue between 167th and 168th Streets in the Bronx, with contractor belts and paint brushes in hand, parents, volunteers and staff worked long hours to create a space that could properly address Renaissance’s developing needs. We look forward to the future where we can build and maintain an even greater array of programs that will fully address the needs of students in our inner-city neighborhoods.
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Renaissance • 3485 Third Avenue, Bronx, NY 10456
Telephone (718) 450-3466 fax (718) 450-3581 • Email us at email@example.com