Family Services of Westchester’s Junior Board Announces Four New Grants to Youth Programs

07/18/12

Port Chester, NY- Family Services of Westchester (FSW), a longstanding, private not-for-profit, non-sectarian agency that provides social and mental health services to families and children in Westchester County, announced today that its Junior Board has awarded $1,836 in new grants to four FSW programs that provide critical social services to youth across the county.  The funds were raised by the Junior Board members and donations from Westchester residents. 

Founded in January 2011, the FSW Junior Board is a group of young professionals and emerging leaders residing in Westchester County who are dedicated to promoting FSW’s mission and increasing awareness of the organization’s youth programs through a variety of educational, recreational and service initiatives.  The Junior Board also manages a Youth Enrichment Fund, which provides targeted, supplemental funding to FSW’s youth programs.  The Fund has awarded nearly $8,000 in grants to FSW programs since the Junior Board’s inception.  Below are highlights of the new grants.        

  • Special Outdoors Camp Experience for Children!  FSW’s Respite program supports families with children struggling with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) by providing the children with therapeutic activities and relationships designed to build self-esteem and develop social skills.  The program includes Camp Success, which provides daily summertime activities all across Westchester for children with emotional challenges.  FSW’s Junior Board grant of $500 helps fund “Camp Ramapo for Children,” which will provide seven children enrolled in the program a special day of outdoor activities designed to foster team building, enhance coping skills and help participants develop positive self-awareness.
  • Educational and Enrichment Trip to MoMa and Outdoors Course! FSW’s Youth Forum is a support group for young adults (ages 16-24) transitioning through various social service programs, including mental health services, foster care, and juvenile justice.  FSW’s Junior Board grant of $500 funds an educational and cultural enrichment trip to The Museum of Modern Art, as well as a team-building trip to a rope and climbing course.
  • Exercise, Games and Team Building on Trampolines!  FSW’s Social Stars is an after-school program designed specifically for children (ages 5-12) who struggle with serious mental disorders.  FSW’s Junior Board grant of $336 will fund a field trip for seven of the program’s children to Bounce, an innovative new facility in Valley Cottage, NY, where the children will play team building games and enjoy trampoline exercises. 
  • A Special Day of Fishing on Long Island Sound!  FSW’s Community Residence for Children and Adolescents provides rehabilitation services and treatment support for youth (ages 13 to 18) suffering from SED (Severe Emotional Disturbance).  FSW’s Junior Board grant of $500 funds a trip for the six residents and two staff to participate in a day of fishing aboard the Klondike IX, a fishing charter boat based in New Rochelle, NY.  Through the fishing trip, the youth will learn teamwork and responsibility while having a new and exciting experience on the sea.

“On behalf of these FSW programs and the many youth who participate in them, we thank the Junior Board and their supporters for their tremendous generosity,” said Susan B. Wayne, President and CEO of FSW. “We recognize that young adults and young families in Westchester want to engage and support the needy in their communities in a very direct way, and we applaud the Junior Board’s efforts in connecting them to FSW’s mission through their hands-on outreach.  These are substantial gifts that will have a real and positive impact on each of the children in the programs.”   

“We are thrilled to support these tremendous youth programs and provide them funds to give these children in need a special, enriching experience,” said Leslie Chang, Chair of the Junior Board.  “The level of need among Westchester’s youth for social and mental services – across all economic backgrounds — is significant, and we are pleased to do our part to help.  We are so thankful to our supporters and the many ‘Friends of the Junior Board.”

Upcoming Junior Board Volunteer Opportunity – August 16th

As part of its service project outreach, the Junior Board and Friends of the Junior Board are volunteering at the end-of-season BBQ for Camp Success, a summertime “camp on wheels” that organizes daily activities during the summer for children enrolled in FSW’s Respite program.  Volunteers will meet at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights on Thursday, August 16th to assist with the BBQ and activities.  For more information on times and specific volunteer needs at the BBQ, please visit: www.fsw.org/about-us/junior-board/junior-board-service-projects.  Anyone interested in volunteering at the event can contact Deborah Wilson at 914-305-6876 or dwilson@fsw.org.

 About the Junior Board of FSW

The Junior Board of Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is comprised of volunteers who support the Board of Directors and promote the mission of FSW through educational, fundraising and service initiatives.  As a group of community-minded and philanthropic young professionals and emerging leaders, the Junior Board helps to raise FSW’s visibility as well as identify and connect resources to the organization. 

FSW was founded in 1954 and runs more than 50 social service and mental health programs for all ages, including Head Start, Big Brothers, Adult and Youth Residences and AmeriCorps. Visit www.fsw.org for more information.

For more information about FSW’s Junior Board

Interested in becoming involved with the Junior Board and giving back to those in need living in Westchester County?  If so, please contact Deborah Wilson at 914-305-6876 or dwilson@fsw.org.