Congratulations to our 2021 award winners!

The Network For Youth Success Quality Leadership Award

This award spotlights leadership by an afterschool, summer, or expanded learning site leader, director, supervisor, or coordinator. The winner of this award:

  • Has five or more years of experience in administering/directing afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs; or education and non-profit administrators that advocate on behalf of their afterschool programs.
  • Understands the critical value of quality afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs in the developmental needs of youth.
  • Has made significant contributions to the afterschool, summer, or expanded learning field. This could entail being actively engaged with a youth development organization, providing training in the field, or advocating for the afterschool movement and profession.

Joshua LoGiudice, CDYMCA Guilderland

Josh started working for the Guilderland YMCA in 2014. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, we offered Emergency Childcare and he was one of the first onboard to work front line for the duration through summer. In September, Josh volunteered to start a new site from scratch and currently overseeing both of the new locations. He has had to learn new COVID guidelines, training staff on these, and the most challenging was to foster a new partnership with school personnel. Josh has also successfully completed his NYS School-Age Care Credential in 2020 in his new program space. He volunteered time to pilot the new technology for the virtual endorsement process. His feedback was used to help other SAC Credential Candidates across the state. Josh was also the recipient of the National Afterschool Association’s Next Generation Award.

Marisol DeLaRosa, New York Edge

Marisol De La Rosa is a youth development professional who rose through the ranks to lead the Program Operations Division at New York Edge, one of the largest publicly funded after school agencies in New York City. Mrs. De La Rosa’s career trajectory includes a variety of progressively responsible positions from Summer Camp Director to Senior Program Manager and Borough Supervisor. In 2005, she was appointed to the position of Director of Champions Clubs and in 2014, she was promoted to her current position as Chief Program Officer.

Under Mrs. De La Rosa’s leadership, New York Edge grew from 17 sites in 2005 to more than 130 sites in the five boroughs of New York City and Yonkers.  Programs were extended to include a more expansive model of in-school day-time programming through community schools, Beacon, College Access, and most recently the Learning Labs established to provide support to in-person students during the pandemic. Today, New York Edge serves approximately 40,000 youth and young adults.

Recognizing the importance of developing leaders who will comprise the future workforce, Mrs. De La Rosa created our Counselors-in-Training Initiative which trains and provides employment to a select cohort of our program’s participants to work in our summer camps. She co-created a training program for fostering talent of Assistant Program Directors, while training in the role to become future Afterschool Program Directors and creating a career path for program leaders. Alongside with our SEL Team, she leads engagement strategies in social emotional learning integration in synchronous and asynchronous environments.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Mrs. De La Rosa ensured the continuity of service delivery to over 120 programs located in 101 schools / locations in the form of both virtual and in-person learning.

Mrs. De La Rosa was previously employed at Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility where she worked as a TASC Site Director at P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for over 6 years. Mrs. De La Rosa also provided mentorship and guidance to new and returning program directors as a TASC Peer Conference Facilitator. She also served as a panelist for a TASC Conference on Program Evaluation and Assessment.

Mrs. De La Rosa attended Brooklyn College where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and Finance. She also participated in Fordham University’s “The Fordham Center for Nonprofit Leaders, Executive Education Program” as well as a Community Resource Exchange – Leadership Caucus. Mrs. De La Rosa is currently pursuing her Executive MBA from Baruch College. Mrs. De La Rosa is the second youngest of 5 children and was raised by her mother in Sunset Park Brooklyn.

Thanh Bui, Grand Street Settlement

Born in Vietnam and raised in lower Manhattan, Thanh Bui serves as the Managing Director of Youth and Community at Grand St. Settlement. Grand Street has increased high-quality afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs under her tenure, doubling the youth programs to now serve 5,300 families. Thanh has strengthened and built multiple mentoring programs for BIPOC young people, hybrid summer camps and Learning Bridges during COVID19, and a café job training social enterprise.

Thanh fiercely advocates for youth programs, whether directly with City and State government, or in coalition with partnering organizations, where she fights for universal afterschool and against cuts to youth programs. As a result of her programs’ expansion, she has strengthened racial equity and inclusion practices by drastically increasing the provision of youth services to low income Black and brown youth, while also increasing the number of Black, Latinx, Asian and LGBTQIA youth services staff and managers in the field.

Thanh holds a Masters Degree from the New School for Nonprofit Management and recently completed the Coro Fellows Program and the REDF Social Enterprise Fellowship Program. She is the proud mom of a sweet baby boy and runs a small business in her spare time.

The Network For Youth Success Exemplary Award of Professionalism

This award spotlights professional excellence by a staff member in the afterschool, summer, or expanded learning professions. The winner of this award:

  • Has worked directly with youth for at least 2 years of their career.
  • Currently works a minimum of 15 hours a week in an afterschool, summer, or expanded learning program.
  • Has an inclusive understanding of the developmental needs of children, youth, and families.
  • Is committed to professional growth.

Matthew Gonzalez, DREAM

Matthew Gonzalez serves as the Director of Post-Secondary Success at DREAM, an organization serving thousands of youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a growing network of inclusive charter schools and extended-learning programs. Matthew came to DREAM, and this field of work, ten years ago as a volunteer Learning Coach in 2011. In his current role, Matthew advocates for and guides high school aged youth through all aspects of the competitive college process and leads DREAM’s college success program (“Legends”) to support students’ post-secondary paths, whether that be college or an alternative career pathway. Matthew not only exemplifies professionalism through his own actions, but works tirelessly to pass along these qualities to the next generation. 

Judith Ho, New York Edge

My name is Judith Ho. I have worked with New York Edge (formerly known as Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation) for 18 years. I started as a group counselor, and then transitioned to an Art Director, an SAT Educator, and then a Program Director at I.S. 125Q located in Woodside, Queens. I was promoted to a Program Manager in January 2020, while still fulfilling the Program Director role at I.S. 125Q during the pandemic.

Working in the after-school field brought me so much joy because after-school programs allowed me to provide assistance to the youth in many ways. It allowed me to assist students with homework help, physical activities, visual/performing arts activities, STEM activities, leadership activities and social-emotional support, in addition to exposing students to wonderful experiences on various trips and events. The most rewarding aspect of working in the afterschool field is having students who were once in my program visit me and apply to work at my program. This exemplifies the importance and value of after-school programs in the lives of the youth – and a field I am proud to contribute to.

The Network For Youth Success Program Award of Excellence and Innovation

This award spotlights an organization, department, or program that is accredited to standards of excellence through the Network for Youth Success. The winner of this award:

  • Has operated for at least two years.
  • Can be public, private, or faith-based afterschool, summer, or expanded learning program.
  • Meets the highest standards of quality in the field.
  • Implements programming with enriching activities that promote higher learning.
  • Incorporates collective strategies between family and the community to meet afterschool needs of the attendees.

Jefferson County 4-H

Jefferson County’s 4-H Youth Development team consists of 13 full time staff and 50 part time staff.  Many of us have been working closely together for the past 10 years to create a climate that includes innovation culture and creative teamwork.  We hold strong to the diversity of ideas and believe that any problem can be solved with access to the right resources and an innovative approach.  We work towards a common mission each and every day – to serve youth and families in a safe, inclusive environment with educational programs that they are interested in and support their academic learning and social emotional well-beings.  We value providing the opportunity for all youth to thrive whether it is at 4-H Camp Wabasso, our traditional 4-H programs or in 4-H Afterschool.  We are all honored to receive this award!  Thank you.


Running for over 20 years, REAL Kids is DREAM’s after-school & summer learning program. DREAM is an organization serving thousands of youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a growing network of inclusive charter schools and extended-learning programs. REAL Kids uses the power of teams to help more than 1,600 youth develop academic, social, emotional, fitness, and wellness skills. Over the last decade, 97% of REAL Kids camp participants have maintained or improved their reading level, avoiding the Summer Slide!

The Network For Youth Success Champion Award

This award spotlights the efforts of Legislative members and their staff to improve quality programming for youth and advocate for the benefits of afterschool programming. The winner of this award:

  • Supports high-quality afterschool, summer, or expanded learning and development opportunities that support youth success in school, college, work, and life.
  • Advocates on behalf of children and families at the state or national level.
  • Collaborates to meet a statewide system of high-quality afterschool, summer, and other expanded learning opportunities for youth.

Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi

Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi represents the 28th district of the New York State Assembly, encompassing Forest Hills, Rego Park, Ridgewood, Richmond Hill, Middle Village, Glendale, and Kew Gardens. He currently serves as the Assembly Chair of Children and Family Services, and previously served as the Assembly Chair for the Social Services Committee.

Assemblymember Brian Manktelow

Assemblymember Brian Manktelow represents the 130th district of the New York State Assembly, including all of Wayne County, the towns of Aurelius, Brutus, Cato, Conquest, Ira, Mentz, Montezuma, Sennett, Sterling, and Victory in Cayuga County, and the towns of Hannibal, Minetto, and Oswego in Oswego County. He is a member of the Small Business and Local Government committees.

2020 Award Winners

The Network For Youth Success Quality Leadership Award

  • RaeAnne Nocera (ACE Mentor Programs of Greater New York)
  • Sue Veres Royal (Healthy Kids Programs)

The Network For Youth Success Exemplary Award of Professionalism

  • Elena & Greg Mosely (Operation Unite)
  • Mary Ann Veshia (Watervliet Civic Center)

The Network For Youth Success Program Award of Excellence and Innovation

  • Kathy Clark (Hudson Blue Hawk Nation)
  • Kaya Weidman (Kite’s Nest)

The Network For Youth Success Champion Award

  • Jim Hart (OCFS)
  • Ellen Jaffee (Assemblymember)
  • Andrea Stewart-Cousins (State Senator)

The Network For Youth Success Regional Network Leader Award

  • Joan Hunt (H.O.S.T.)

2019 Award Winners

The Network For Youth Success Quality Leadership Award

  • Robert Monahan, The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council
  • Kim Haynes, New York Edge

The Network For Youth Success Exemplary Award of Professionalism

  • Dr. Anna Morgan-Mullane, Children of Promise
  • Chelsea Martin, Native American Community Services

The Network For Youth Success Program Award of Excellence and Innovation

  • Children of Promise
  • New York Edge

The Network For Youth Success Champion Award

  • Victor Pichardo
  • Crystal Peoples-Stokes