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2012 CIT Program

CIT application 2012

The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau is seeking responsible and physically active youth ages 13-14 to participate in a unique “COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (C.I.T.)” Program this summer.

We encourage mature youth ages 13 and 14 to apply for this program. If selected, their role will be to support the camp directors and youth counselors by participating in recreational activities, field trips, STEM and educational enrichment activities. Please note: This is NOT summer youth employment. The CIT will receive a nominal incentive for their participation and a waiver for field trips and activities.

If interested, please complete the following questions and return the application to the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau no later than FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012.

2012 Safe Haven Summer Program

2012 Safe Haven Summer Program Application
The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau would like to welcome the children and parents to the 2012 Safe Haven Summer Program. Program participants must be between the ages of 7-12 as of June 2012 in order to attend. Attached, you will find a complete registration package which must be completed prior to enrollment in the Safe Haven Summer Program.

In order for your child to be fully enrolled in the 2012 Safe Haven Summer Program, you must provide the following documents along with a completed application:
1. Proof of residence (i.e. utility bill/driver’s license, etc.)
2. Your child’s birth certificate
3. The attached medical form which must be completed by your child’s physician
4. Proof of child’s immunizations, completed by your physician, within the current school year or a recent sport medical clearance.

The fee for the six week program is $400.00 money order ONLY. Please note acceptance is on a first come served basis. All applications MUST be completed with all the required documents in order for your child to be considered a Safe Haven Summer Program participant. Program fees will only be accepted between the hours of 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday thru Friday. For your convenience the Youth Bureau will be open late on the following dates: May 21st, 23rd, June 11th, 13th, on these dates (ONLY) the office will remain open until 6:00 pm. The fee is non-refundable and money orders should be made payable to the City of Mount Vernon- Youth Bureau. All fees include breakfast, lunch, two T-shirts, arts & crafts, games and admission fees for all field trips. Please note that this program’s low fee is a result of the financial support of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams-13 District, the City of Mount Vernon and the City School District.

The program will be located at Longfellow Elementary School, 625 South 4th Avenue. The program will begin Monday, July 9, 2012 and will conclude on Friday, August 17, 2012. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please do not drop-off your child before 9am at the Youth Bureau or Longfellow Elementary School. We will not be responsible for your child before that time. We do not provide transportation to and from the program site; therefore, your child must be picked-up by 3:00 p.m. If there are any changes made because of long distance trips, parents will be notified by the program directors and counselors the day before.

Space is limited; therefore if your child is not picked up on time on two or more occasions, we will dismiss your child from the program and give the next child on the list an opportunity to attend. In addition, if your child presents a behavior problem, they will be discharged from the program immediately.

The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau prides itself on the safety of all participants and we respectfully request the full cooperation of the parents. If you have any questions regarding our program, please contact the Youth Bureau’s office at (914) 665-2344.


Debbie Burrell- Butler
Youth Employment Service Coordinator

Cc: DaMia Harris, Executive Director
Dena Williams, Deputy Director
Mr. Butler, Ms. Lambert & Mr. Earle, Program Director

2012 Private Sector Summer Youth Employment

Please be advised that the 2012 Private Sector Summer Youth Employment application is now available for youth ages 18-24. Application is available within the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau office, room 308 and will also be available on the Youth Bureau’s website and on the City’s website at a later date.

To be considered an eligible youth, youth must meet the age and income requirements and be able to provide proof. In addition, youth must complete a work readiness training and a pre-requisite application to better match the employer’s needs.

Please read the application carefully. All requested documents such as social security, birth certificate, proof of address, photo ID and proof of income along with the completed application will be needed when submitting your application to the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau office, room 308. All documents must be original. Enrollment is very competitive.

For more up to date information about the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, follow us on Twitter @mvyouthbureau or visit us on Facebook

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau at (914)665-2344. Our office hours are from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Private Sector Youth Summer Job Application Form 2012

Mount Vernon CTC Through The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau presents Youth Town Hall Meeting “SOUND THE ALARM” Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mount Vernon Community That Cares through the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau presents Youth Town Hall Meeting “SOUND THE ALARM” Thursday April 26, 2012 from 3pm-6pm at The Doles Center located at 250 South 6th Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550.

Speak your mind and get involved!

Teen Resources and free refreshments!

For more information contact: Claudette Coote (914) 665-2344

Mount Vernon Community That Cares through the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau Presents 5th Annual Black History Month Challenge

Mount Vernon, NY – On February 16, 2012, The Mount Vernon Community That Cares coalitions through the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau hosted the fifth annual Black History Challenge. Eight teams from the local middle and high schools convened at the Mt. Vernon Armory from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM to display their knowledge of black history facts through a friendly competition. This year’s winner was the team from Thornton High School. Each participant from the winning team received a $25 gift card and a first place plaque. Healthy from Birth for Life, took second place honors.

Over 200 attendees and participants were at the event which featured a quiz show format competition with questions related to all aspects of African American history, and the contributions of blacks within the Sciences. Special guests included former City Council President and current City Council Member Karen Watts, Acting Commissioner of Recreation Reverend Darren Morton and Mount Vernon City School Board Vice President, Mark Stuckey.

The students from Columbus Elementary school were also present. They spent time during their art class with teacher, Mrs. Hubbard, cutting and decorating pictures of African American Scientist. The crowd also enjoyed music, poetry and a drum ceremony by Abishai Benruben and his students. Food and informational resource tables were also provided. This event is a vehicle used to encourage our youth to abstain from alcohol and drug use. The program was made possible through funding from the Drug Free Communities Grant and the City of Mount Vernon. This event was free and open to the public.

According to the Honorable Mayor Ernest D. Davis, “It is critical that our young people participate in programs that will not only educate them, but also teach them a sense of pride and appreciation for their history. Learning about the accomplishments of black trailblazers, both past and present, will empower youth to realize their potential greatness.”

“The MVCTC Coalition has done a tremendous job of uniting our youth and adults to create protective factors within the community. The challenge showcased the strengths of many students and their knowledge of history. Our youth have made passionate requests to replicate this event annually and thanks to the dedication of many volunteers, the city has been able to support this initiative, stated
DaMia Harris, Executive Director – Mount Vernon Youth Bureau.

For further information, please contact: Claudette Coote at (914) 665-2344 or

Financial Education Day at Westchester Community College

“A Conference to Help You Navigate Through Life’s Challenges” On Saturday  March 10, 2012 from 9am – 1pm at the Gateway Center at Westchester Community College; NBC financial editor Jean Chatzky will be the keynote speaker for this Financial Education Day. 18 workshops are offered and one-to-one free consultations with financial experts.

Denzel Washington’s Academy Award Winning Performance’s

On Saturday March 3, 2012 at the Mount Vernon Public Library located at 28 South First Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550 Dr. John Howard; African Amercan Cinema Professor at SUNY Purchase will introduce Denzel Washington’s Academy Award winning performances GLORY and Training Day.

Glory @ 11:00 A.M

Historic drama about the first unit of black soldiers during the Civil War. (1989)

Training Day @ 2:00 P.M.

Rookie cop in L.A. teamed with a corrupt older detective. (2001)

There will also be discussions led by Dr. Howard.

For more information, please contact the Mount Vernon Public Library @ (914) 668-1840

Key Stakeholders Attend the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau’s MVCTC Key Leader Orientation

130 elected officials, city and school department heads, clergy members, grassroots community leaders and parents attended The City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau’s Mount Vernon Community That Cares (MVCTC) Key leader Orientation on Friday September 23rd at the Elks lodge. The MVCTC is comprised of community stakeholders who have been active for over 8 years in developing and implementing programs to reduce crime and alcohol substance use amongst youth. Attendees included NYS Assemblyman Gary Pretlow; Mount Vernon City Council President Karen Watts, City Council members Roberta Apuzzo and Yuhanna Edwards; former Mayor Ernie Davis and Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Carl Bell. Claudette Coote, the MVTC Coalition Coordinator and Michelle Gordon, the Coalition’s Co-chair worked with community partners to organize this well attended event.

 Dr. Julie Dostal and Executive Director of the Youth Bureau, DaMia Harris presented on the coalition’s goals, objectives and past activities. “Our interest is to expand and at the very least, sustain the work of the Bureau  and the MVCTC. The reduction of risk factors begins with community stakeholders and as funding diminishes, grassroots involvement must increase,” stated DaMia Harris. “Our hope is that the enthusiasm and dedication continues so that our community is strengthened.”  

 Over 60 Community Based Organizations also supported this event. Representatives which included but were not limited to the Boys and Girls Club; the Westchester County Departments of Health, Social Services and Probation; Family Ties; Grace Baptist Freedom School; Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center; Westcop; Westhelp; Westhab gathered to discuss ways in which the city can increase the protective factors within the community. Mayor Clinton I. Young Jr., stated, “The City of Mount Vernon is very fortunate to have many stakeholders who are committed to improving our neighborhoods and the city. I applaud them for taking the time to work with the MVCTC and we look forward to the additional support for youth and family programs.”

 Since its inception, the MVCTC has collected data from over 5,000 students from the local middle and high schools and have formed committees and subgroups to address the risk factors revealed within the survey results such as: community disorganization, academic failure, gang involvement and substance abuse. Through the years, the MVCTC has implemented successful initiatives such as Youth Services Provider Trainings; the Black History Month Challenge; Youth Town Hall Meetings; Police/ Youth Communication Training; After-school and Summer Programs; Film Academies, ect. The MVCTC has worked with grassroots agencies to inform parents of the national and local drug trends and have provided resources to families regarding health and educational services. One of the key accomplishments of the coalition is the “Adopt a Block” campaign, which includes a series of family oriented activities in an effort to improve the physical design of the environment and increase access to community resources. This year, more than 200 youth and families attended the resource fair on September 22nd at the Howard Street Playground and 150 parents are expected to attend Monday’s Family Day at AB Davis Middle School. 

 Mrs. Frank, mother of Andre Frank, posed questions to the group on ways to address the violence within the schools. Mount Vernon High School Principal Ronald Gonzales challenged the diverse group to visit the high school and work with his team to address some of the challenges within the school.

 If you would like to attend a MVCTC meeting or would like to be added to their list serve, please contact Claudette Coote at (914) 665-2344.



— Gates’ non-profit organization is giving away 1,000 scholarships for the 2011-2012 school season —

The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program (GMS) will select 1,000 talented students next year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Scholars will also be provided with personal and professional development through their leadership programs, along with academic support throughout their college career.

The program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established to provide outstanding low income minority students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. To date, the program has given scholarships to more than 15,000 students.

Continuing scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

The deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

Mount Vernon City School District Summer Programs

2011 Middle School Transition Program
A transition program especially for sixth graders moving on to seventh grade which will introduce students to middle school policies and provide an overview of Mathematics 7 and English Language Arts 7. Program runs from July 5 to Aug. 4, 2011

2011 High School Transition Program
A transition program especially for eighth graders moving on to ninth grade which will introduce students to high school policies and provide an overview of Integrated Algebra and English Language Arts. Program runs from July 5 to Aug. 4, 2011

2011 Ninth Grade Credit Recovery Program
A program for ninth graders to recover credits in Integrated Algebra, Living Environment, U.S. History and Government, English I, Art Appreciation and Introduction to Photography. This program runs from July 5 to Aug. 18, 2011


2011 High School Summer Program – Credit Recovery
A program for seniors (12th grade) to recover credits in Seminar in Math, Ecology, Participation in Government, Global History 2. English IV, and Health and Instructional Technology. This program runs from July 5 to Aug. 18, 2011

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