October 16, Staff Report
The leader of a Sunnyside/Woodside group who is planning on establishing an after-school program will be in Astoria Saturday to raise funds.
Kenny Medrano, founder of Road to Greatness, aims to raise $50,000 in order to start a Sunnyside/Woodside-based program.
His first fundraiser is schedule to take place at Astoria Coffee, located at 30-04 30th Street, at 8pm.
The organization will be exhibiting and selling photographs taken by Queens artists Salvador Espinoza and Adolfo Steve Vazauez, who are known for taking shots of neighborhood landscapes.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Road to Greatness (R2G). The group’s primary mission is to create tomorrow’s leaders and help the children reach their full potential.
“We’re honored that these artists are using their talents to help empower and equip local youth for a more successful future,” Medrano said.
Medrano established the organization to fill a void after noticing the disappearance of so many youth programs in the neighborhood.
Medrano plans to establish the after-school program at PS 199 in Sunnyside, beginning in 2016. The goal is to serve 100 children/teenagers by the end of next year.
He has experience in establishing after-school programs. Three years ago, he took a one day per week program in Queens and expanded it into a 6 day program.
An online fundraiser is expected to launch in November.