Williams secures $50,000 in county funds for Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club

10/15/2009 4:55:39 PM



(White Plains, NY) ~ In response to a critical need to continue vital youth programs offered through the Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club, the Westchester Board of Acquisitions and Contracts approved a $50,00 contract. “I’m thrilled to have secured this allocation for such a worthwhile agency,” said Legislator Williams (D, WP-Mount Vernon). “The Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club is an invaluable institution in my community, generations have benefited from the programs they offer.” This award will be used within the county’s Urban Youth Initiative, which was created in 1993, to serve as a mechanism for expanding the use of a positive youth development model in addressing the needs of at-risk youth under the age of 21 in eleven urban communities.  The Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club, created in 1912, serves as one of Westchester’s largest and most successful youth development organizations, serving over 1900 children annually.


This contract is one of several that have been approved in an effort to preserve vital youth resources at the community-based level.  As the fiscal crisis deepens, now more than ever, the County Board is doing everything possible to preserve its capacity to provide children and youth with high-quality youth development and delinquency prevention programs, as families struggle to keep their children safe and engaged in positive and productive activities. “This is a great action taking by the Board” said County Board Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains).  “Programs such as these do a tremendous job in keeping kids out of trouble and off the streets.”