Christian M. Philemon
“Since I assumed this role in 2009 it has been my pleasure to spearhead efforts to strategically assess the organizations’ core mission and vision, timely as it turns out since New York successfully passed legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility (2017) from 15 to 18, effectively removing 16 and 17 year olds from the adult system of incarceration.”
We continue to be ready to serve the youth of Westchester County, and look with anticipation toward the future. – CMP
Christian M. Philemon is the current executive director of the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, Inc, and has held that position for the past 8 years. This year the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester celebrates 40 years of successfully removing 16-21 year olds from the adult system of incarceration, and providing programs and supports to aid with their eventual return to their respective home communities. The program operates a residential facility in Mount Vernon, an adjacent facility housing its own unique education and aftercare program and runs an intensive re-entry family program.
The Youth Shelter is the only program of its kind in the state and remains the only resource for young people 16-21 in the adult system in Westchester.
Prior to his position with the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, Philemon worked in administration with the State of Connecticut for many years, at a children’s advocacy law firm, and as a law clerk.
Philemon earned his BA, at Wesleyan University, an MSSW at Columbia University and a Juris Doctor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut and holds clinical licenses in both states. He is a law NY guardian (Guardian ad litem-CT) has a private consultation (mediation and clinical counseling) practice, and is an adjunct faculty at SUNY Westchester Community College. He has been a presenter and panelist on issues of youth incarceration, Re-entry, and Raise the Age New York.