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    Categories Vol. 9 2017

    Youth Shelter Program of Westchester provides mentoring and schooling to adolescent youth identified by a Westchester County judge to serve in this residential program as an alternative to incarceration in the county jail. Backyard Sports Cares has partnered with this Mt. Vernon-based program to provide a variety of recreational activities including basketball, yoga, and tennis lessons. The program’s goal is to provide the necessary support to these young men that will allow them to be contributing members to society upon their eventual return to their community. Christian Philemon, the program Executive Director, is grateful for the opportunity to have these sometimes forgotten youngsters receive a second chance to benefit from activities which will positively shape their attitudes towards competition and building social proficiencies through sports participation. Facility partners such as Hooperstown and Tennis Innovators of White Plains have opened their doors to Backyard Sports Cares to provide weekly programming. In addition, the shelter residents served as athletic mentors to special needs children at a New Rochelle afterschool club. The irony is not lost– teens in need of mentors, serving as mentors.