Dear Friends & Supporters,


The Youth Shelter Program of Westchester (YSOW) is pleased to announce our first annual fundraising gala to celebrate 40 years of transforming the lives of youth in Westchester County and our exciting plans to increase our impact going forward. The event will be held on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at Mulino’s at Lake Isle in Eastchester, New York. This year’s theme is FOCUS INSPIRE TRANSFORM (F.I.T.) Together with our supporters, the YSOW helps at-risk youth FOCUS on the future, INSPIRES them to work hard, and ultimately empowers them to TRANSFORM their lives. In 1977, Elizabeth Baird Saenger, Ann Speath, Anthony Cupaiuolo, Helen Specter and Margaret Weinstock founded the YSOW with the mission to divert young men from the adult criminal justice system. Since that time, the YSOW has celebrated several achievements made possible through partnerships, grants, and individual contributions.

We are thrilled to have as Master of Ceremonies, Judge Michael Corriero,

a former New York State Supreme Court Justice who presided over

Manhattan's Youth Part.  Judge Corriero was Executive Director and

Founder of The New York Center For Juvenile Justice and Executive

Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York.


New Rochelle resident, Lucinda Cross,is CEO of Activate Worldwide and

founder of Activate Your Life 501c3. Lucinda is a TEDx speaker, an

accomplished best-selling author with 5 self-published books under her name. Recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award from former President Barack Obama. Lucinda’s story is compelling. It’s one of triumph and overcoming odds of making a youthful mistake yet was able to  turn her life around

We invite you to help us commemorate this milestone by becoming a gala sponsor. Your support would help us expand our residential facilities to reach more youth and hopefully broaden our outreach to young women. There are several ways to help. In addition to sponsorship, you can show your support by making a monetary or gift-in-kind donation as outlined in the enclosed sponsorship package. In 2017, New York State changed that law to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. While this victory is significant, our work is not yet done and we hope to have your support in this endeavor. We look forward to your participation.


Rev. Dr. Darren M. Morton, Ed.D

Gala Committee Chair


  • Serve over 150 residents each year  

  • Tutor students in a small, structured setting consistently resulting in GED pass rates in the 90% range

  • Provide medical, socio-emotional, psychological, vocational and cultural services

  • Offer community service opportunities and parent support groups

  • Provide discharge planning to ease the transition from shelter to home and offer after-care services

  • Achieved a 29% recidivism rate (compared to the 84% national avg.)

With your support, we:

Current Supporters

We are deeply grateful to our current supporters. Without their generosity, many programs and services would not be possible.

Backyard Sports 

The Elizabeth Braun Charitable Fund

In Better Words - Marketing and Communications

The Rye Presbyterian Church

The Wartburg Adult Care Community

The Westchester Community Foundation

Westchester County Board of Legislators

Westchester County Department of Social Services


  • The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Of Counsel, Latham & Watkins, Former Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals

  • The Honorable J. Gary Pretlow, New York State Assemblyman

  • The Honorable Jared Rice, New Rochelle City Councilman SPECIAL RECOGNITION OF FOUNDERS & CONTRIBUTORS

  • Elizabeth Baird Saenger, Fieldston Lower School, YSOW CO-FOUNDER & EDUCATOR

  • The Honorable Joseph Clifford (posthumously), YSOW CO-FOUNDER

  • Bruce Bozeman, Esq., Former YSOW Legal Counsel

  • Anthony Cupaiuolo, Professor Emeritus, Pace University, YSOW CO-FOUNDER

  • Barry Nesson, First YSOW Executive Director

Click the PDF icon to download form and to see the benefits of  Sponsorship


You have provided for your children. Now help us to provide for ours. Consider a bequest to the YSPW.

For more information call

Christian at  914-668-4702 ext:308

Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, Inc.  

Education and Aftercare Site

107 Miller Place
Mount Vernon , N.Y. 10550

Residential Facility
220 East Eight Street 
Mount Vernon, N.Y.10550

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