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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Mount Vernon Youth Bureau Lights on After School

10-22-12 26 Mt. Vernon, NY Key leaders show support for Mt. Vernon Youth Bureau’s “Lights on After-School” activities On Thursday, October 16, 2012 City Hall’s plaza was filled with youth, parents and elected officials to celebrate the national campaign, “Lights on After-school.” Elected officials such as Mayor Ernest Davis, NYS Senator Ruth Thompson, City Council President Roberta Apuzzo and Council members Deborah Reynolds and Richard Thomas joined School Board Trustees Brenda Crump and Marc Stuckey stood on the steps of City Hall with the Youth Bureau’s Executive Director, DaMia Harris, to show support for after-school programs. Cynthia Miller, assistant to US Congressman Elliot Engel was also present. The City of Mount Vernon was one of more than 7,500 sites across the nation that successfully sent the message that positive youth development programming during unsupervised time is critical to youth success. The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau convened this press conference to highlight the positive youth in the city and to send a clear message that the city must “keep the lights on” and doors open to support children and their parents. The program was lead by Laquavia Foster, a Mount Vernon High School senior and Youth Bureau Board member. Mayor Davis dubbed the young lady as his hero, as she was able to call almost two hundred young people to attention and begin the press conference. Guest speakers included Lowes Moore, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club, who spoke of the importance of safe, affordable places in the community that keep youth off of the streets. Mr. Keith Muhammad and Mrs. Alecia McDowell, who are parents to teenagers who have benefited from the Youth Bureau’s programs, addressed the crowd to encourage more parental involvement. However, the most compelling speakers were the four young people who represented various Youth Bureau programs and communicated to the elected officials those investments in positive youth development programs will guarantee a safer city. “It has been proven that if young people have structured scholastic afterschool programming, there will be an increase learning potential and reduction in deviant behavior,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “I treasure the moments I am able to witness the leadership of young people like Laquavia Foster, Kiana McDowell, Nefray Demetrius, Ardianna, Mamie Yai and Elijah Muhammad.” said the mayor. “This city will continue to support and invest in our youth’s potential.” For further information regarding the Lights on After-school campaign or after-school programs, please contact DaMia Harris through the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau at (914) 665-2344.

Safe Haven After School Drop in Program 2012 at Graham Elementary School

MVCTC 6th Annual Family Day Dinner

Mount Vernon, NY, September 22, 2012 –For the sixth straight year the Mount Vernon Community That Cares Coalition, through the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, will host its \a Family Day Dinner, encouraging parents and youth to develop tighter bonds over dinner. On Monday, September 24, 2012, Mayor Ernest D. Davis, members of the Mount Vernon City School District and other specially invited guests will join parents and youth at Nellie Thornton High School for a special evening meal full of fun, food. games, prizes, information and more. Family Day is a national initiative that was established to encourage the positive community norm of families sharing meals. As part of its mission to help parents prevent substance abuse in their children, the MVCTC joined a national movement begun by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University that found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. “The Mount Vernon Communities That Care Coalition has had tremendous success in bringing families together through positive and interactive activities. The large turnout for past family day dinners demonstrates that parents are interested in reducing the risk factors within their neighborhoods and improving communication with the city and school officials,” stated DaMia Harris, Executive Director of the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau. Family Day is generously funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Drug Free Communities Grant. Mayor Ernest D. Davis, a strong believer that family interaction is key to reducing risk factors that may lead to antisocial behavior said, I have found that our young people want to communicate with their parent more and they, in some instances, are crying out for our guidance and nurturing. The family dinner table was where I had some of some of my most profound conversations with mom and dad, conversations that stay with me today”. The MVCTC and the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau encourage families to participate. All youth must be accompanied by an adult or guardian in order to attend. Doors open at 4:30pm. For further information, contact Claudette Coote or Dena Williams at (914) 665-2344.