Youth Forum

Youth Forum provides support, advocacy and recreational opportunities for older adolescents and young adults, ages 16 to 23, with special needs who are or have been involved in mental health services. This is a peer-driven initiative where participants provide support for each other and learn to be advocates for their own needs.

Youth Forum members participate in bi-weekly “Knowledge Nights” where they gather information and resources and develop skills that foster independence: Activities include self-exploration exercises to work on long and short-term goals; advocacy around issues; resume building and peer support . 50-60 young people participated this past year.


White Plains Family Center
One Summit Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Patrick Schelle, Program Coordinator

On Friday, November 14, from 6-8pm, FSW will premier Tales of the Youth Forum, a humorous film created by 16-24 year-old clients, in ArtsWestchester’s “Gallery 9.”  Made possible through a grant from ArtsWestchester, students attended a ten-week class under the tutelage of Matt Pungello, local filmmaker and video artist. The program provided participants with practical skills in writing, editing, acting, directing and filmmaking, resulting in the creation of a 15-minute spoof on horror movies and pop culture. Created in the style of such well-known motion pictures as Scary Movie and The Naked Gun, comical parodies of The Maury Povich ShowTales From the Crypt, and the popular movie Chuckie are just a few of the segments to be featured. 

For information about this event and to RSVP, please contact Patrick Schelle, FSW’s Coordinator of Expanded Respite and Youth Forum, at 914-872-5297 or at