Log In   ·   Become A Member

Project MOST Launches "Give A Student The MOST" At Hampton Cup Junior Tournament

Nicole Barylski

Project MOST Student Leader Zachary Nathaniel, Project MOST Executive Director Rebecca Morgan Taylor, Project MOST Student Leader Wendy Green, Project MOST Development Director Susan Hanley, and Project MOST Student Leader Kevin Cardona. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

Over 50 rising tennis stars (and their cheering sections) gathered at Hampton Racquet in East Hampton, ready for some fierce volleys, during the 2017 Hampton Cup Junior Tournament on Saturday, August 26. The charity tennis event supported Project MOST, who was celebrating the debut of its new Give a Student the MOST initiative.

"Today is such an important day because our New York State Advantage After School grant funding, which is 43 percent of our budget, is slowly starting to be discontinued, and so Give a Student the MOST is our new initiative to ask individuals, businesses, and foundations to give back to the community by sponsoring a child or one of our student leaders," Rebecca Morgan Taylor, Project MOST Executive Director, told us. "Our student leaders are the high school and college students who work in our after school program every day. It's a yearlong initiative and we hope that everyone jumps on board."

In last year's budget, funding for The New York State Advantage After School Program declined by $2.5 million. Project MOST has two grants through the Program, one for $237,500 that supports elementary programs and a second for $137,500 that supports Springs School 3rd through 8th graders. Give a Student the MOST will help Project MOST reduce and possibly even eliminate its reliance on these grants.

Hampton Racquet owner John Graham. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

"It is so meaningful and essential to the year-round, local families who are working, many of them are working two, three jobs, and are just trying to be able to live in this area. We all love living in this area," she noted. "There's all different kinds of reasons why we're here, but Project MOST gives the families the opportunity to work later hours."

Since it was established 17 years ago, Project MOST has served over 6,000 children and their families.

"Their kids are in an environment where they're being engaged and enriched," she shared. "The program provides academic assistance to the students, as well as some quality enriching programs like yoga to dance to art."

The tournament featured players that ranged from ages 5 to 12-years-old. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

Students who attend Project MOST increase their learning time by 35 percent, which leads to an improved performance in science, math, engineering, technology, language arts, and the arts.

"It number one: helps the families while the parents are working," Morgan Taylor added. "Number two: the children are in a safe environment while they're continuing to learn. The school day is not ending at 3 p.m. It's continuing for another 3 hours, where the kids are being enriched and engaged."

Through Give a Student the MOST, you can sponsor a student for $2,000, which allows a student to attend the Project MOST After School program for one year, or sponsor a student leader for $5,000, which allows the student/group leader to be a Project MOST mentor for a year. Project MOST is the top employer of students in East Hampton, offering 45 high school and college students "real life" employment and mentoring opportunities. Student leaders also receive career and college counseling.

For more information about Project MOST, visit www.projectmost.com.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski


Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
What color is a firetruck?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.

Burner Law Group, P.C.
Burner Law Group, P.C. are full service elder law attorneys concentrating in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law. Offices in East Setauket‚ NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, and New York, NY.

Calissa is Mykonos in the Hamptons.
Our menu focuses on seafood and Greek dishes such as salt baked fish, seafood pasta and Mediterranean mezze. Our wine list has been awarded The Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and boasts the largest selection of rosé in the Hamptons. The name Calissa is derived from the brightest constellation in the summer sky.Our sister restaurants in New York are Amali and Bar Marseille, opening 2020 in the Rockaways. Calissa offers private dining spaces for groups from 10 to 300 people. To plan your next wedding, corporate event or gathering, please email events@calissahamptons.com. 1020 MONTAUK HIGHWAY, WATER MILL

WordHampton Public Relations
We build client revenues and reputations. Our reputation is built on delivering a strong media presence and, as a result, demand for our clients' offerings, resulting in a positive impact on sales. Successful campaigns start with understanding the goals of our clients and developing a customized strategy that will achieve those objectives.