ABOUT US

For over 40 years, the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, Inc., has been providing a home-like alternative to jail for young men awaiting disposition of various criminal charges. Conceived by a Westchester judge and school teacher who recognized the need for early intervention in the lives of young offenders, the YSOW was formally incorporated as a not-for-profit in New York in 1975. Its initial mission was to formulate a plan and solicit funds for a temporary shelter or residential facility for youth prior to trial.

Throughout the years the YSOW has helped hundreds of young people and with our aftercare program we continue to ensure that our youth remain successful while reintegrating back into their communities.

BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES, ONE SAVED YOUTH AT A TIME

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Since Our Inception In 1978, The Youth Shelter

Annually serves

150

 youth on average via both our residential and aftercare programs. 

Ensures that less than 

20%

of our youth are rearrested or reoffended through ongoing community programming

90%

pass/improvement rate on all of our academic standardized testing to ensure all of our youth are on track to obtain their High school equivalency diploma

 

LEADERSHIP

Joanne Dunn

Executive Director

Located in Mt. Vernon, NY, Ms. Dunn is the first woman to lead this organization since its incorporation in 1975. Conceived by a Westchester judge and school teacher who recognized the need for early intervention in the lives of young offenders, Youth Shelter Program of Westchester has been providing a home-like alternative to jail for young men, for over 40 years, with great results.

Ms. Dunn’s commitment to youth is more of a calling than a job. She has served as a troop leader for the Westchester Putnam Girl Scouts, a member of the Peekskill City School Districts Parental/Community Involvement Committee, a Parent Coordinator for the Peekskill Pop Warner Football League and as an Executive Board Member for the Peekskill NAACP, which awarded her for her outstanding service to youth and families. She previously served on the Advisory Board for the SUNY Westchester Educational Opportunity Center, Westchester County’s Fatherhood Committee and the Arts10566 Advisory Board. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and was awarded a Forty under Forty by The Business Council of Westchester. Joanne is a proud graduate of Leadership Westchester.

Jordan Cormier

Director of Programming

MEET THE TEAM

Akil Childs

Vocational Coordinator

Carol Foreman

Aftercare Coordinator

Tiffany  Santana

Director of Operations 

Shanese Freeman

Residential Supervisor

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 Rev. Darren M. Morton, Ed.D - Chairman

Leticia Arzu

Jan Fisher

Ralph Fleurantin

Cora Greenberg

Stanley Hunter

Barbara Lerman

Jason McCalla 

 

STAY CONNECTED

Are you are interested in helping the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester build brighter futures, one saved youth at a time?

Contact Us

To learn more, don’t hesitate to get in touch

220 East 8th Street. Mount Vernon, NY 10550 | 914-668-4702

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