1975: The slaying of 34-year-old Police Officer Andrew Glover by a gang member made national news as Lower East Siders mourned.
1979: Robert Siegal had left the Lower East Side for NYU, but returned to help local youth, naming his group after Officer Glover. In this photo, he plays basketball in Tompkins Square Park with his new clients.
1979: Robert Siegal's home was always open to local youth - and in this case, even to CBS cameras in his kitchen. Shortly after his Glover Program was covered by CBS News, Robert died unexpectedly at age 28 from an untreated medical condition.
1980: Angel Rodriguez, a Lower East Side native who worked alongside Siegal, kept the Glover Program going and excelled at court advocacy, shown here with New York Supreme Court Judge Howard Rothwax.
1981: Amid its struggles, the Lower East Side produced talented local heros. Here Angel and a Glover Youth worker introduce two teens to the billboard work of renowned Lower East Side graffiti artist, Chico.
1981: After the courthouse intervention, each youth is assigned to a youthworker who’s on call 24/7 for mentoring and role modeling. In this photo, Angel Rodriguez follows up with a Glover client in a local park
1983: One block away from where Andrew Glover died, Angel purchases a ramshackle building that generous donors turn into a center for youth on the Lower East Side, leaving it mortgage-free.
1986: A Christmas Angel! Holidays can be tough in impoverished homes, so Angel and the Glover staff offer kids and their families an annual holiday tradition of caring and sharing.
2000: Board members share a beer at a Glover Program cocktail party fundraiser. Pictured are Board Chair, Josh Baer, Vice-Chair Charles Radcliffe, and Glover’s long-standing board Treasurer, Kempton Mandeville, who died in 2008.
2009: To stop kids from returning to crime, Angel Rodriguez (right), Senior Case Worker Nelson Valentine (left), and the rest of the AGYP staff provide constant oversight and support.
Look back at the people, places and events that energized AGYP for more than three decades.