Karen Trank
Karen Trank's Fundraiser

Remember growing up on a block where your neighbors were your extended family?

Become an honorary "Neighbor" to Thompson Drive teens by donating to our "Be a Neighbor" campaign today.

$2,300 towards $2,500

I am excited and proud to tell you about Thompson Drive, a new, nonprofit, youth development organization on Coney Island, for which I am a founding Board Member.

Thompson Drive opened its doors earlier this year and began helping struggling teenagers on Coney Island to navigate the complexities of their teen years, as well as the unbelievable stress placed upon them by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thompson Drive was created by Bobby Ferazi, a friend, former colleague and truly the most impressive youth development professional I have ever known. When I asked Bobby if he was concerned about starting a new nonprofit in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis, his answer to me was immediate and unflinching.

"Are you kidding? Have you seen what these kids are going through? If not now, when?"

He was right!

Teenagers have suffered tremendously through the pandemic with lockdowns, school disruptions, the loss of positive social connections, etc., etc.

Some people sat around and complained. Bobby stepped up and did something!

He pushed on with his plans to create Thompson Drive; an organization named for the street on which he grew up. Similar to 76th Street in Brooklyn where I was fortunate enough to have been raised, Thompson Drive was a place filled with caring adults and neighbors who all looked out for the kids on the block, while providing them with positive role models to emulate.

Thompson Drive (the organization) is now providing that same sense of camaraderie, community and support for teenagers on Coney Island, who too often are surrounded by crime, turf wars and negative influences on the very block where they live. A cohort of regularly attending teenagers from different schools, streets and housing developments are already taking part in counseling and life skills workshops and coming together to share a weekly dinner - forging the kind of friendships and bonds that are so important to healthy, thriving communities.

If you are like me, and your success story began on your block, surrounded by caring neighbors and positive role models, then please consider a donation to Thompson Drive's "Be a Neighbor" campaign.

Become the neighbor that you were so lucky to have!

Thank you and Happy Holidays.