I was parked on set today and saw a baseball field on 100th street between 1st and 2nd and got very interested in this. This looks like a great program.
WHO WE ARE
Harlem RBI provides inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow. We use the power of teams to Coach, Teach and Inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.
Harlem RBI, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a unique, year-round youth development program based in East Harlem, New York. Since its founding in 1991, Harlem RBI has grown to serve more than 1,700 boys and girls annually in both East Harlem and the South Bronx, ages 5-22, providing them with year-round sports, educational and enrichment activities.
Mission and Dreamlist
MISSION: To provide inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow. We use the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.
VISION: To be a model learning community where youth become healthy, educated and active global citizens who achieve excellence and change the world.
VALUES: Teamwork, Respect, Diversity, Promise, Effort, Integrity and, of course, Fun!
When Harlem RBI youth graduate from the program, they are expected to embody the attributes of our DreamList:
CONFIDENT, COMPETENT AND CARING
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
TEAMMATES, FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Field of Dreams
In 1991, a group of volunteers transformed an abandoned, garbage-strewn lot into two baseball diamonds for the youth of East Harlem. The park became a hub of neighborhood activity, connecting children, families and volunteers through the power of team participation. In 2002, a proposed condominium development on the lot threatened the future the organization, but Harlem RBI reached an agreement with the City of New York and received a long-term license to rebuild and maintain Harlem RBI’s Field of Dreams.
On April 16, 2005, Harlem RBI brought children, families, politicians and supporters together to celebrate the re-opening of the Harlem RBI Field of Dreams. The ball field now has a variety of features including an irrigation system, brick dugouts, a batting cage, a walk of fame listing supporters of the project, and the Success Garden, where Harlem RBI graduates are commemorated. Stop by and watch a game!
DREAM Charter School
In 2008, Harlem RBI responded to the need for better access to education within the community and opened DREAM Charter School. DREAM is East Harlem's community-based public charter school, where every child can and will achieve.
DREAM's mission is to prepare students for high-performing high schools, colleges and beyond through a rigorous academic program that develops critical thinkers who demonstrate a love of learning, strong character, and a commitment to wellness and active citizenship. DREAM Charter School inspires all students to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.
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