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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Fall After School Employment Applications

Beginning Monday, September 8, 2014, Fall After-School employment applications will be made available through the following outlets:

Middle Schools: A.B. Davis Middle School and Longfellow Middle School
High Schools: Mount Vernon High School, Thornton High School and Mandela High School
Mount Vernon Youth Bureau – City Hall, Room 307
The Youth Bureau’s website- http://YOUTH.CMVNY.COM

Youth Bureau Employs Close to 200 Young People in Summer Employment Program

If you look closely, you will find many young men and women working at the city’s daycares, summer camps, private businesses, healthcare facilities and municipal departments City of Mount Vernon. The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau has been able to secure funding that enables them to have a summer employment experience.

“Summer youth employment not only prepares youth for their future careers, but offers an alternative to illegal methods of earning money. Summer jobs in the city are extremely important for the local economy since the youth typically reinvest money earned into local businesses”, said DaMia Harris-Madden, Youth Bureau Executive Director.

On June 30, 2014, Mayor Davis greeted a packed City Council Chambers to welcome this year’s program participants. He urged the young people to work hard and do their best because what they learn now will be the framework for their future in tomorrow’s workforce. George Brown, City Clerk, swore in the city’s newest hires. He encouraged them to uphold their duties and to take their temporary summer jobs seriously as they represent the city. Judy Williams, Human Resource Commissioner came by to reiterate the importance of the city’s code of conduct and zero tolerance for violation of work rules.

“Initially, the forecast was very bleak for summer youth employment,” said Mayor Davis. “However, by leveraging grant funds, private sector initiatives and paid stipend programs, the Bureau was able to provide opportunities for some of the city’s young people in a wide spectrum of fields. We remain hopeful opportunities will increase to serve our youth throughout the year and encourage employers to continue making opportunities available for young people. We only wish we could have hired more.”

The Bureau is working with community partners to prepare youth ages 14- 18 for self sufficiency by hiring them to work or participate in occupational skills training for six weeks. Applicants applied in March for summer positions and participated in a rigorous series of job readiness workshops in preparation for interviews. Out of hundreds of applicants that applied only a portion of individuals meeting eligibility requirements became employed through various Youth Bureau Programs; the city’s Youth Employment, GEM; Youth Empowerment; Step Up; C.I.T; CAPP Film; TANF; and Entrepreneurship Summer Academy.

Debbie Butler, Youth Employment Services Coordinator and Tiffany Morris-Murray, Summer Employment Director, worked hand in hand with parents and youth to ensure that the recruitment and selection processes were followed. Referrals were made to private sector employers and non profit organizations where young people were placed.

Youth Bureau former STEP-UP! Participant Receives Full College Scholarship

Mount Vernon, NY, JULY 23, 2014 – Mount Vernon Track Star Donell Taylor, a graduate of Thornton High School class of 2012, will be transferring from Coppin State University in Maryland and heading to the University of Pittsburgh next month. When he gets there he’ll begin training with the Division 1 Pittsburgh Panthers and has his sights on Brazil 2016 Olympic Games.

Taylor, a former member of 2011 Mount Vernon High School National Championship Track Team. His record reads like an athlete of interest; 400 meter dash in 47.03 seconds as a high schooler and split the 4×4 in 45.7 seconds as the 2nd leg, a personal best, at the Penn Relays. He is currently ranked number 30 in the east coast and 50 in the nation for the 400 meter dash.

“I feel like I am on a different wave length! I am very excited, happy and humbled. I knew that I always wanted to run in college, but I also knew the cost and sometimes it seemed like it wasn’t going to happen. But as soon as those thoughts crossed my mind I worked that much harder.” said Donell.

He who now works part time as an office aid in the Youth Bureau and is a Computer Science major with a minor in Mathematics. Taylor credits much of his success to his late grandmother who raised him. Virginia Taylor passed away just a week before he received his scholarship, Taylor said, “I dedicate all that I am today to her. She was an amazing woman who was always so proud of me. This would have made her day!”

“We are so proud of Donell. He is a fine young man with so much potential.” stated STEP UP Coordinator, Wayne Woodbury. The Youth Bureau’s Step Up! program addresses the needs of the city’s most at- risk African American and Hispanic male youth, ages 13 to 19 through mentoring, youth leadership, job readiness training and public speaking skills. The youth involved in this program are placed in after-school employment as an alternative to unsupervised time.

For additional information contact the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau a 914-665-2344.

Safe Haven Summer Day Program off to a great start in Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, NY * July 30, 2014 – The Safe Haven Summer Day Program got off to a great start on July 7th. This program was established by the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau to provide a safe and exciting place for Mount Vernon youth ages 6-12 to participate in educational and recreational activities.

“The Youth Bureau has designed a fun filled summer experience for campers,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “It’s great that our young people can experience so many activities before heading back to school in the fall.”

Campers days are filled with fun and meaningful activities with youth being exposed to Science, Technology, English and Mathematics (STEM) projects and field trips. Some activities have included exciting engineering projects with Bricks4Kids, S.T.E.M workshops with the Girl Scouts, fitness and nutrition, art, hip hop and sports clinics. To date campers have gone to the movies, bowling, Sportstime USA for rock climbing and lazar tag. Splash Down Water Park in Fishkill has been a favorite among campers and excitement loom for a trip to Lake Compounce.

“The Safe Haven Camp has operated safely and effectively for over a decade. Parents look forward to this program because it is affordable and fun. The staff consists of professional and caring adults who return each summer,” stated DaMia Harris, Executive Director.

This program’s low fee of $400.00 is a result of the generous support that is provided by Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams-13th District, the Westchester County Youth Bureau and the Mount Vernon City School District.

For details regarding this program or summer 2015, please contact Dena Williams, Deputy Director at (914) 665-2393 or log on to