Family, friends, and colleagues of Sophie Gerson founded Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth in June, 2013. Now, heading into its tenth year, SGHY has positively impacted the lives and futures of many middle school students, as this site reflects.
About Our Mission
- To promote active lifestyles and the physical fitness of young people and to foster the values of good sportspersonship;
- To advance leadership and life skills through the common language of sports, dance, performing arts, and hands-on science, with special encouragement for girls;
- Using athletics, the arts, science, sociology and an integrated summer camp program, SGHY helps to break the cycle of poverty by creating a sense of achievement, and to reduce the incidence of bullying;
- To help the young adults understand that giving back to the community is a worthwhile endeavor.
About Our Affiliations
Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth (SGHY), is a registered nonprofit. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.
We have recently expanded our programs to four New York City Public Middle-Schools serving very low income communities and family homeless centers.
Our program partners include Columbia University, The Museum of Natural History, The Sierra Club, The Chinese American Planning Council, the National Dance Institute, New York City Center for Space Science Education (NYCCSSE), NY Junior Tennis and Learning and Camp Zeke among others.
About Student Selection
Schools or programs select the students who participate in SGHY activities or receive SGHY scholarships, with parental permission, based on criteria Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth establishes in consultation with the educators and program providers and in compliance with all applicable Department of Education regulations. Summer camp scholarships go to students whose families cannot afford the tuition. SGHY plays no role at all in the selection of individual students. Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth aims to raise sufficient funds to accommodate as many young people as possible.
Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth offers all of its programs and summer camps 100% free of charge to all students and their families.