Family Services of Westchester’s Junior Board Awards $5,500 in Grants to Youth Programs

February 29, 2012

Junior Board Schedules Wine Tasting Fundraising Event for March 29th at Tarry Wine Merchants in Port Chester

 Family Services of Westchester (FSW) announced today that its Junior Board has awarded $5,500 in grants from its Youth Enrichment Fund to three deserving FSW youth programs: Community Residence for Children and Adolescents, the Westchester County Youth Council, and Social Stars.  The funds were raised by the Junior Board members and donations from Westchester County residents and corporate partners. 

 Founded in January 2011, the FSW Junior Board is a group of Westchester County residents dedicated to promoting the FSW mission and increasing awareness of the organization’s youth programs through a variety of educational, entertaining and service initiatives.  The Junior Board also manages a Youth Enrichment Fund, which provides supplemental funding to FSW’s youth programs.  In its inaugural year, the Junior Board raised over $20,000 for the Fund.  Grants are awarded to FSW programs several times a year. Following are details on the Fund’s three inaugural grants:      

  • Community Residence for Children and Adolescents consists of eight emotionally disturbed adolescent males (ages 12-19).  FSW’s Junior Board’s grant of $2,500 funds an educational and fun filled weekend trip to Washington DC for the eight residents and four staff. 

 

  • Westchester County Youth Council is a countywide, youth-led, multi-issue volunteer program for youth ages 10-14.  FSW’s Junior Board grant of $2,500 funds the Youth Council Mentorship project, which links members of the Junior Youth Council (ages 10-14) with 10 young leaders (ages 14-18) who are active members of the Senior Youth Council and organizes activities for the mentors and mentees.

 

  • Social Stars is an after school program designed specifically for children between the ages of 5-12 who struggle with serious mental disorders.  FSW’s Junior Board mini-grant of $500 funds field trips for seven children in the Social Stars program to go to the Bronx Zoo and the Queens Hall of Science.   

“On behalf of these program leaders and the many youth who participate in them, we thank the Junior Board and their supporters for their generosity,” said Susan Wayne, President and CEO of FSW. “There is a significant need among the youth of Westchester for social and mental health services, and we are pleased to help meet that need with innovative and engaging programs.  These are meaningful 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 enable them to give the children a unique, special experience,” said Amy Kerrigan Cole, Co-Chair of the Junior Board.  “For a county with so much wealth, it is disturbing how many Westchester youth are living at or below the poverty line and suffering without the support of their community.  FSW helps fill that void with enriching programs – from gang prevention to mentoring services.  We are very grateful to all of our supporters, and we look forward to awarding more grants to FSW’s youth programs in 2012 and the years ahead.” 

 The Junior Board’s next fundraising event will be on Thursday, March 29th.  The Junior Board will host a wine tasting at Tarry Wine Merchants at 179 North Main Street in Port Chester, NY.  Tarry Wine Merchants, adjacent to Tarry Lodge, is Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s market that specializes in European wines with a strong focus on the wines of Italy.  All members of the Westchester Community are invited to attend.  Tickets for the event are $35 per person. Anyone interested in attending 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. With a focused outreach toward the younger population of Westchester County, 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.

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