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Westhab Youth Services

Youth Services

Westhab serves over 1,200 at-risk youth with over 50 programs. All were designed with age-appropriate curricula, methods, and goals to meet participants’ unique and myriad needs and to prevent a next generation of poverty and homelessness. We foster positive change by seizing every teaching opportunity, maintaining high expectations, and building upon each young person’s strengths. We empower young people by cultivating skills and confidence and challenge them by requiring accountability. Our programs are enhanced by more than 30 diverse service-provider partners, from early childhood speech and language therapists; to conflict resolution specialists for adolescents; to professional arts organizations.

Westhab Youth Services support homeless and at-risk youth in Westchester County providing a host of enrichment and educational activities at our sites listed below.

Coachman Family Center – 123 E. Post Road, White Plains, NY. (914) 949-1000 ext. 128 Youth services have long been a vital part of the programming at our Coachman Family Center. In recent years, families who had moved out of the shelter were traveling back to it, in the hope that their children might continue to participate in its youth programs and maintain the relationships they had formed with our youth counselors. What seemed to be a victory for the family – moving out of a homeless shelter – was a loss for the children, as the neighborhoods they moved to lacked quality youth services. Thus we decided to bring our programs to communities in need.

Dayspring Community – 320 Walnut Street, Yonkers, NY. (914) 207-6511

Cobbling together small grants from banks, foundations and individuals (click here to donate), we launched the Elm Street Youth Center in 2006 in the high-need Nodine Hill neighborhood of southwest Yonkers, now known as the Dayspring Community Center. The Center currently serves more than 250 school-age youth from Kindergarten to young adults.  Interested in volunteering?  Send us an email!  Be it homework help, mentoring, arts and crafts, or just playing a board game, we work with high school and college students as well as adults looking to give back to the community.

P.E.A.K. Center – 49 E. 3rd Street, Mount Vernon, NY. (914) 667-0638 ext. 26

Our P.E.A.K. (Promoting Excellence and Achievement in Kids) Center opened in 2008 on the south side of Mount Vernon. It serves more than 200 young people, from school-age youth to young adults.  Interested in volunteering? Send us an email!  Be it homework help, mentoring, arts and crafts, or just playing a board game, we work with high school and college students as well as adults looking to give back to the community.

Bridge Academy - 195 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY

Located in Community School 13 in Yonkers, Bridge Academy is a New York State Department of Education-funded 21st Century Community Learning Center program. Launched in January 2013, this program serves students from first to eighth grade.

Bronx Programs

Westhab has provided youth services in the Bronx since November 2011. Currently, we operate two full-service COMPASS programs funded by New York City in the Hunts Point and Soundview areas of the Bronx. Both programs serve elementary-age students from kindergarten to fifth grade.


PEAK Center Highlight Video
Youth attending Westhab's Promoting Excellence & Achievement in Kids (PEAK) Center in Mount Vernon recently created a highlight video capturing all of the great events and activities taking place at the PEAK.  Students in the PEAK's video production program were tutored in the video-making process by Matt Pungello, an artist-resident from ArtsWestchester who has served at Westhab for several years.  ArtsWestchester provides several enriching artistic programs for PEAK youth to participate in and continues to serve as a valued partner.

Supporters help Westhab youth prepare for school
2015 Back to School Event
Westhab Supporters bring new shoes for back to school kids  Weshtab Youth Services Kids Receive Back to School Supplies
Starting a new school year can be a costly endeavor for many families in Westchester County. Thanks to the generous support of local companies and volunteer groups, Westhab youth participants received new school supplies and clothes and are ready to learn!
In August, employees and volunteers from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Reader's Digest and Back to School Clothes for Kids built new friendships with and provided shopping stipends for Westhab teen participants for Shopping With a Teen (SWAT) Night. Backpacks and school supplies were also provided by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Regeneron, and Helping Hands for the Hungry and Homeless.  From everyone in the Westhab family, we extend our sincere thanks to these organizations who donated time, money, and energy to help Westhab participants succeed.

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