2011 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Sean, Ryan and Kyle Haber
Youth Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen
Ascent Youth Alliance to Battle Autism and 4Boyz Autographs to Battle Autism
When Sean, Ryan and Kyle Haber's younger brother, Conor, was diagnosed with autism, they knew that they wanted to make a difference for him and others like him. Since then, the three teenagers have started two charities, proving that passion and hard work are more important to success than age.
The boys, all students at Syosset High School, created Ascent Youth Alliance to Battle Autism (AYABA) to promote awareness, tolerance and acceptance. It now has nearly 200 student volunteers who help local children impacted by autism to reach their full potential. In addition, AYABA has raised well in excess of $500,000 to help fund the education and social skills enhancement of children with autism.
The Haber brothers also are the co-founders of 4Boyz Autographs to Battle Autism. They donated the money they received for their bar mitzvahs to start this sports and entertainment memorabilia organization. Through a variety of nonprofit fundraising events, such as silent auctions and raffles, they have raised thousands of dollars for kids with autism, disabilities and other special needs.
They often participate in other charity events. They raised nearly $1,800 for the 2010 Make-A-Wish Long Beach Plunge on Super Bowl Sunday.
Last year, the brothers wrote, directed and produced a documentary starring Conor called "Making a Difference." It was named Best Educational Documentary at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in New York City.
The boys live in Woodbury, N.Y., with their parents and brother. Sean and Ryan are high school seniors, and Kyle is a sophomore. All three brothers are big Jets and Mets fans.