New York


BELL established its first New York programs in Harlem in 1996. Since then, BELL has grown to serve dozens of New York City public schools across the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.  BELL partners with agencies and community organizations throughout the city such as the NYC Department of Education, the Summer Quest initiative, and The After School Corporation (TASC) to reach more scholars, deliver more time for learning, and recruit talented educators.  BELL welcomes opportunities to form new partnerships with schools and districts in New York.

BELL’s programs may be free for parents whose children attend partner schools. 


Please note, we have moved!  As of January 1, 2016, our new address is:

1460 Broadway
New York, NY  10036

Phone: (646) 588-7900

Fax: (718) 561-2141


For questions about employment opportunities in New York and New Jersey, please contact:

Phone: (617) 740-0461


local leadership

Geovanti Steward
Regional Director

Geovanti leads BELL’s programs and partnerships in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He is responsible for all aspects of local operations, including programs, strategic planning, and fundraising.

In his 13 years of experience working in New York State public schools, he has served as principal, mathematics coach, and teacher at the elementary and middle school levels.  Prior to joining BELL, he served most recently as principal of two turnaround schools in the Syracuse City School District. He has also served as founding principal of two middle schools in the Bronx.  He began his career in education as an elementary teacher in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Mr. Steward holds a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, Master’s degree from Pace University, and New York State School Building Leadership certification from Baruch College.

Email Geovanti about BELL’s programs and partnerships in New York.


Megan Knighton
Development Director

Megan Knighton joined BELL's team in 2015 to lead fundraising efforts throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  She brings more than seven years of experience leading development efforts with Consumer Reports and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA). She began her career as a social service volunteer in India, Guatemala, and Indonesia. Megan is a graduate of Texas State University and has an MA from Sarah Lawrence College.  She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking on the Hudson River.

Email Megan for more information about BELL's programs in New York City.