Youth Development

Groove with Me, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.groovewithme.org

Mission Statement

Groove With Me, Inc. is a community based organization that provides girls in East Harlem, Manhattan with access to girls-only after school and summer programming. As a youth development program Groove With Me seeks to meet the developmental needs of our youth while building up their competencies. Our dance program is guided by the recognition that all youth need safety and structure, a sense of belonging, opportunities for contribution and leadership, and ways to develop positive character. At Groove With Me, girls develop positive peer relationships, participate in creative activities, feel a sense of purpose and personal power, and meet their own high expectations. Only one quarter of youth programming in New York City is targeted at girls. While programming for boys and men exceeds that for girls and women in NYC, the increased risk for girls continues. A study by the New York Women's Foundation states that youth who are best able to negotiate the trials of growing up even in the harshest of circumstances often have an adult in their lives who provides sustained support, caring, and guidance. It is not poverty, as many believe, that is the greatest cause of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and violence in women. It is lack of validation and knowledge of options. At Groove With Me girls find the support they need from adults who are role models and mentors. Girls' access to after school activities is impeded by safety, household responsibilities, lack of programming targeting girls, lack of outreach by women role models, and peer pressure. Groove With Me addresses these obstacles by offering a large selection of class times and styles of dance that are separated into various age groups. Groove With Me, Inc. offers more than 30 dance classes for girls aged 4-18, six days a week, given by 40 volunteer dance instructors.

Main Programs

  1. Free Dance Class for Girls
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

East Harlem, New York City

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Abby McCreath

Keywords

Self-reported

dance, girls, prevention, community development, empowerment, poverty, self esteem, risk behaviors, youth, youth development, confidence

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EIN

13-3919147

 Number

2386496857

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Dance (A62)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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December, 2009 - 240 children in 30 weekly classes taught by 40 volunteer dance teachers

April, 2008 & 2009 - Tap & Tapas Annual Spring Benefit included Performances by Savion Glover and Appetizers by Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert, and other NYC Top Chefs

December, 2008 - Winter Spectacular Recital at World Famous Apollo Theater

April, 2008 - Program Director won the PASEsetter Award for After School educators

March, 2011 - NY1 with Roger ClarkWinter 2010 - NBC's LX NY TV showMay, 2010 - NBC's Today showAugust, 2009 - Women's Media CenterFebruary, 2009 - Nike Sport For ChangeNovember, 2008 - SHAPE MagazineFebruary, 2008 - NY Daily NewsJan/Feb, 2008 - Contribute MagazineFall 2008 - Teach for America Magazine

May, 2010 - Pepsi Refresh AwardNovember, 2009 - Editor's Choice - Dance Teacher Magazine Video of the MonthNovember, 2007 - Maybelline Empowerment Through EducationJuly, 2007 - Snapple's Best People in NYC

Programs

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Program 1

Free Dance Class for Girls

there are 30 free weekly classes in hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet, theater, Nia, belly-dancing, Afro-Caribbean, movement, and funk.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$233,721.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

East Harlem, New York City

Funding Needs

Apollo performance: $13,000The Apollo has 1536 seats and allows the children to bring many more family members and friends to see them perform.

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GROOVE WITH ME INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Groove with Me, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Abby McCreath

BIO

Abby studied Women's Health Care at Brown University where she worked in a women's prison and at the Rhode Island Women's Health Collective. She ran the project committee of City Year's Serve-a-thon, lived in Public Service House and volunteered at South Providence Tutorial. In NYC she volunteered for Fresh Youth Initiatives where she ran a fund-raiser, a public service project with children, had a mentor and created a database. She organized projects for Year One's Serve-a-thon in Colorado.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Marguerite D'Aloia

No Affiliation

Term: Sept 2007 -

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