Family, friends, and colleagues of Sophie Gerson founded Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth in June, 2013. Now, heading into its fifth 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 sports, dance, performing arts and science to promote diversity, to help 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 Affiliation
Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth (SGHY), is an independent association and affiliated with the Fund for Public Schools. The Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by the New York City Department of Education for the purposes of obtaining and administering private sector contributions to public school programs. Contributions to SGHY are made payable to the Fund for Public Schools, with SGHY noted on the purpose or memo line, and are placed in a specific SGHY account held and disbursed by the Fund at SGHY’s direction. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.
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.