Call to Action

Call to Action for Youth

Community Responds to Call to Action for Schenectady’s Youth

Call to Action for Schenectady’s Youth is gaining momentum. Since its launch in the summer of 2015, the Foundation has so far invested $770,000 in eight programs with the potential to bring powerful and positive change to Schenectady’s youth.

Programs that are providing under-resourced youth with meaningful job skills and work experience, with caring mentors and positive role models, and with comprehensive assistance to succeed in school and create a path to higher education.

"It is critical that we have intentional strategies to assist the youth and families in our community that need us most,” said Shane Bargy, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady. “We are proud to be part of this Call to Action because critical needs and solutions are being identified and implemented with young people at the table.” 

Boys Day OutCall to Action for Youth is the Foundation’s three-year, $2 million community-wide effort to empower children and teens who face significant barriers to success. The Foundation will also match the first $250,000 contributed by the community, for a possible total of $2.5 million.

 “The Foundation’s financial investment is an essential component,” said Robert Carreau, Executive Director of The Schenectady Foundation. “But it is the growing community engagement that will continue to drive this forward and result in real change.”

 “Call to Action for Youth recognizes that we do not do this work alone,” said Dennis Green, Assistant Director of Washington Irving Educational Center and founder of Boys Day Out: Youth Enrichment Services.  “Rather, it encourages all of us to partner and share our efforts as we are all working toward the common goal of bettering the Schenectady community, most importantly the youth of our city. Call to Action empowers each one of us to take a stand … to ensure that all people have equitable opportunities and access to the resources that will allow them to thrive and succeed.”

“Call to Action for Youth truly has fostered tremendous engagement of organizations and citizens who want to see our kids have a true shot at success in school, the workforce and community.  We are proud to be a partner in this vital, ongoing work,” said Robin Christenson, Executive Director of Capital Region Sponsor A Scholar

More than 400 educators, community members, law enforcement, and leaders from government, business, and nonprofit sectors, and youths will respond to the Call to Action at the Foundation’s Youth Summit on May 25: “Keep It Real: Shaping a Community that Cares About Its Youth.”

“Keep It Real will look at the community’s progress since the 2014 Bridges  to Youth Conference, and identify the commitments we must make to close the achievement gap for young under-resourced community members,” said Robert Carreau. “This is an absolutely crucial priority for our entire community.” 

We urge all members and sectors of the community to respond to the urgent Call to Action for Schenectady’s Youth. There are several ways to show your support:

Pledge your support to youth today! Add your name to the growing list of businesses, organizations, and individuals who are committed to Call to Action, and who are working actively and in earnest to incorporate Call to Action Principles in their daily interactions with youth in our programs, in our schools and in the community. Join Today!


Our youth need supportive adult allies -- mentors, guides and advocates who can help them navigate the challenges they face and realize their potential. Volunteers are needed for one-to-one mentoring, to assist with civic engagement projects, and to provide job shadowing or internship opportunities. Volunteer Today!

The Schenectady Foundation Will Match Your Donation Up to $250,000!

Call to Action for Schenectady's Youth is a long-term commitment to our young people. To help build momentum and sustain the critical commitment, the Foundation will match donations to Call to Action, dollar-for-dollar, up to $250,000.  Answer the Call to Action with a donation today!