Developing future leaders


Photo courtesy of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club
Daniel Quintero of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club channels fund-raising events in Manhattan to serve children cross the city
by charmaine P. rice

Daniel Quintero has been empowering kids across the city for over three decades.

Quintero is the Executive Director of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club for the past 21 years and has been a part of the organization for 35 years. As a youngster, he joined the Kips Bay Boys Club at the age of 10 and leveraged the Club’s programs to hone burgeoning leadership skills. He eventually became president of the Junior Leaders, coached baseball, and was crowned “Athlete of the Year” in 1976. Quintero returned to the Boys & Girls Club movement in a professional capacity in 1984 and has remained with the organization ever since.

“What I find most fulfilling about my role is that I’m helping to create the necessary resources so that thousands of children can take advantage of our educational, recreational, and empowerment programs.”

Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club is a youth development organization that provides programming geared to youngsters ages 6-18 at nine locations throughout the Bronx, along with a camp in Harriman, New York. A wide range of programs is offered, covering literacy, drug prevention, job-readiness training, pregnancy prevention, the digital arts, and more.

Quintero manages over 250 staff members, serving more than 10,000 children across nine Bronx locations. Fund-raising plays a key part in ensuring the continuity of the programs.

“A challenging part of my job is keeping all our programs funded, and that means raising about $9 million annually. We do this through hosting special events including The Show House, [a popular annual event where high-profile interior designers transform a Manhattan home into a stunning showcase of the latest design trends and art] and partnerships with foundations and corporations,” explained Quintero.

“At the end of the day,” he added, “we are building self-esteem and self-worth so that these young people are equipped to become future leaders. Our programs will enable kids and young adults to compete and be prepared for the complex society and the world we live in.”