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Samuel S. Singleton, Jr., former Director of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in New York City, will be the guest speaker during the open session.
Daily Record News - After 10 years at 'Nabe,' Singleton leaves his roots
After 10 years at 'Nabe,' Singleton leaves his roots MORRISTOWN - After 10 years at the helm of the Neighborhood House, Executive Director Sam Singleton is leaving to become executive director of the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in New York. Singleton's last day at the Neighborhood House, a nonprofit organization that serves a diverse population of children with a number of programs, is Feb. 28.That same day, Singleton, 58, will officially take his post at the Boys and Girls Club. Among his new responsibilities will be overseeing a roughly $20 million expansion in Harlem and the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, as well as an $8.5 million budget. The club serves the needs of city youth in need of educational services, development programs and employment opportunities. Singleton leaves behind a nonprofit organization with a $3 million budget and more than 1,000 children enrolled in programs ranging from basketball to preschool child care. "Am I sad?"Singleton said recently."Of course.This has been the best job I've ever had in my entire life." With Singleton's departure, the organization's 26-member board of directors has formed a search committee to find a new executive director."We're searching for someone as dedicated and as vigorous as Sam was.We need to fill his shoes with somebody that can deliver." The Neighborhood House, or "Nabe," as it is sometimes referred to, was founded 103 years ago as a community center for Italian immigrants. Over time, the clientele morphed from Italians to African-Americans, and now primarily services the town's Latino community.In many ways, the Nabe has symbolized the changing face of town. That message, Singleton and others said, has evolved for more than a century.Cunningham, now in his 80s, is a fan of Singleton's. "Sam symbolized the kind of individual who returned to his roots with a determination to make things better.He knew the neighborhood.He knew the need." As for his legacy, Singleton said he wishes more people would contribute financially to the Neighborhood House, particularly those who grew up in the various programs.He also said the organization should get more financial support from government on the state and local level. As recently as this month, $100,000 in expansion aid for the organization's child-care programs was cut out of the state budget by Gov."They talk a big game about diversity, but in reality if you are in the No. 1 affluent county in America, that suggests that people want to keep it that way," Singleton said. That said, Singleton added that several efforts to expand in recent years have been unsuccessful.They included an attempt to use the former George Washington School, now a site for a townhouse development. Though there are pages left blank, "I hope that people will say, ‘He came back to Morristown and made the Neighborhood House bigger than it's ever been,'" Singleton said."And that (I) left it … in good hands." Singleton's leadership of the group is embedded in the way the 6-foot-4-inch man was raised.The son of a Methodist minister, Singleton's mother ran Naomi's House of Elegance on Speedwell Avenue in Morristown. "My father (Sam Sr.) was a minister," Singleton said."And my mother (Evelyn) was extremely involved.They were always active in the community." The first two years on the job, Singleton called his mother "every day."He added, "For those two years, every major decision was hers." After playing basketball on the same floor as youngsters do today, Singleton starred at Morristown High School and went on to play at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In 1968, he was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics, a then-new team in the National Basketball Association. Though things didn't work out on the court, Singleton found himself playing for the Trenton Colonials of the Eastern Professional Basketball League.There, he played with Bob McAdoo before going back to school. In 1974, Singleton graduated from the Omaha campus with a bachelor's degree in adult education.After spending nearly 20 years in theprivate sector in human resources, Singleton returned to his roots. "I made up my mind," Singleton said."The Neighborhood House would come back to what it truly represented." Perhaps that's best understood when looking at the basketball court on a recent Wednesday night.There, youngsters between the ages of 7 and 9 comprise myriad cultures, from black to Latino to Chinese and white.
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SAMUEL S. SINGLETON, JR. - Executive Director
NY Daily News - Boroughs - 10G shot in arm for youth clubs
"The Allstate Foundation's support will go a long way in providing our youth with the necessary skills to guide them through life," said Samuel Singleton, executive director of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.
The activities of the Morristown Neighborhood House and of its executive director , Sam Singleton , are frequently featured in the press.Don't Abandon the Young to Courts and Jails.BY SAMUEL S. SINGLETON JR.