Re-Igniting Summer Youth Programs

This summer, SEFCU continued to support three summer programs for youth: 15 LoveMetropolitan Community Group, and Summer in the City

Summer in the City film reel

Supporting Youth Development Through Tennis

SEFCU contributed $10,000 to 15 Love, an organization that serves up life-changing programs for underserved youth by combining tennis and educational programming. The educational programs include the College Prep Program,  Healthy Living, and Gardening Programs, among others.

Like many youth development organizations, 15 Love had to convert their spring 2020 programming from in-person to virtual classes. Fortunately, by the summer, tennis was deemed one of the "safe" activities and they were able to hold programs in-person, although at reduced capacity. Although their Healthy Futures class reverted to virtual from Thanksgiving through Spring Break, as of Spring 2021 it was back in person. The College Prep Program remained strong and even assisted the youth enrolled with tools for learning at home. To open safely in person, 15 Love purchased more tables to fit more children for each class. 

Metropolitan Community Group Summer Camp

The pandemic caused 2020 summer camps to make major changes, but Metropolitan Community Group was still able to execute a program last year to ensure youth they serve had access to meals prepared daily for pick up. With the outlook more promising this summer, SEFCU invested $15,000 for what has been a very successful 2021 in-person summer camp. 

Summer in the City

Summer in the City is a free family-friendly movie series at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Albany. After a pause during the summer of 2020, the series kicked off the official reopening of the theatre in July 2021. 

As the $25,000 Presenting Sponsor for the sixth year, SEFCU returned to offer seven free, family-friendly movies to children and families from neighborhoods around the Palace Theatre. The movie series provides children with the opportunity to enjoy the excitement and beauty of the historic Palace Theatre, while offering fun, safe, and positive opportunities to become engaged in the arts.