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The New York City Collaborative of the Boys and Girls Clubs hosted its inaugural field day on Randal

While many children and teens are preoccupied with their carefree summer, the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem staff are quite busy — providing programs for summertime and well beyond.

Totally in step with its young clients' summer fun, the organization is also several steps ahead – planning for the students' return to school and the BGCHarlem's fall activities.

Comprehensive youth development — through programs in areas such as in education, sports and recreation, the arts, health and wellness, career development — is the purpose of the uptown organization.

And it’s a year-round effort. The club is as enthusiastic about summer camps and as it is about its upcoming after-school programs and other initiatives.

Dominique Jones, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem, is overseeing daily operations for the young clients year-round. She is also preparing events for BGCHarlem's 40th anniversary celebration in 2020.

“Key highlights for our club this year will include the start of our after-school programs, both at our main clubhouse and at five New York City public schools,” said Dominique Jones, executive director of the Harlem club at 521 W. 145th St.

She added that more than 1,200 children and teens are expected to take part in the club’s youth development programs throughout the school year.

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