The Cause


We are proud to raise funds for New York City youth. Fundraising from RBC Paddle Battle will be split evenly among our four benefitting charity partners. To learn more about the organizations you are supporting, please see below.

DREAM provides youth with opportunities to play, learn, and grow. Our mission is to level the field by empowering all children to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. We serve more than 2,500 youth annually in East Harlem, the South Bronx, and Newark. By combining all that we have learned over the past 28 years from our community-based youth development practices and school experience, DREAM has created a new model that serves the whole child through rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family engagement, and a commitment to health and wellness.

The Opportunity Network (OppNet) ignites the drive, curiosity, and agency of underrepresented students on their paths to and through college and into thriving careers, powered by our commitment to access and community. OppNet connects students from historically and systematically underrepresented communities to college access and success, internships, career opportunities, and personal and professional networks. This year, we are working with 960 students in our founding OppNet Fellows program, an intensive six-year experience for students beginning the summer after 10th grade that cultivates students’ passions and skills to persist through college and launch the careers of their choice upon graduation. 92% of OppNet Fellows graduate from college within six years – over 90% of whom will be the first in their families to do so – and 89% secure meaningful employment or graduate school admission within six months of college graduation, far exceeding national trends.

The TEAK Fellowship believes that motivation and potential, not economic circumstances, should determine a student’s future. TEAK unlocks access to outstanding education and transformative experiences for exceptional NYC students, who use these opportunities to change their lives and the world around them.

TEAK’s free program helps talented students from low-income families achieve their dreams. Through intensive after school and summer classes, TEAK prepares middle school students to get into the nation’s most selective high schools and colleges. TEAK’s strong support system ensures that students thrive in their independent (day and boarding) high schools and graduate from the nation’s most elite colleges, ready to pursue their professional goals and positively impact the world.

Youth INC’s mission is to transform the lives of NYC youth by empowering the organizations that serve them. Youth INC’s network of 80 grassroots nonprofits collectively champions the lives of more than 200,000 young people across New York City. Youth INC provides the coaching, capital and connections to our nonprofit partners to help them achieve sustainable growth and maximize their impact. Over the course of a partnership with Youth INC, our partners experience an average growth in revenue of 154%, in board size of 33%, in youth served of 180%. Our nonprofits using our Metrics Platform demonstrate 83% growth in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), which scholars now agree is the most predictive indicator of success in school, career and life. Since inception, our venture philanthropy model has empowered over 175 nonprofits and impacted the lives of 1,000,000 NYC youth.