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.