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  1. County funds various programs to deter youth violence and gang development in Westchester.
  2. Michael Arterberry of Youth Voices Center, Inc. has brought the Power of Peace program to White Plains, Yonkers Port Chester, Mount Vernon, Peekskill and Ossining. This is a positive youth development project for middle and high school students to learn conflict resolution skills, leadership, community service and decision-making skills. The goal is to decrease their vulnerability to negative influences.
  3. Big Brother Big Sister is targeting youth in Mount Vernon. It will expand the mentoring relationships to provide a strategic gang prevention focus for these youth and their families.
  4. The City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau operates the Safe Haven After School and Summer Program,  serving children between the ages of 7 and 12, who participate in a variety of activities in a safe and  nurturing environment. This program fosters positive youth development through mentor/mentee  relationships, structured programs, field trips and special workshops.
  5. The City of Peekskill Youth Bureau provides a comprehensive Violence Prevention Training Academy for  65 city youth ages 11 to 15. Participants develop skills necessary to combat gang involvement and  resolve conflicts while improving their physical well-being and developing social competencies such as  inter-personal and cultural competence.
  6. The City of White Plains Youth Bureau Step Up! program addresses the needs of White Plains most at- risk African American and Hispanic male youth, ages 10 to 15. Step Up! reaches out to at-risk youth and  has a youth-police partnership. This program will be also operating in Mount Vernon.
  7. College Careers Fund of Westchester, Inc. operates the Step Forward Program, a remedial education  program for 75 Mount Vernon students, ages 16 to 21. The goal of the program is to improve the  quality  of life of for these youth and enable them to function positively in their community. An integral  part of  the program is the life skills training combined with educational opportunities and training for  the GED test.
  8. Family Service of Westchester Inc. operates the Westchester Junior Youth Council, a program for 30  middle school-aged youth engaging them in positive youth development work, critical thinking,  problem-solving and advocacy-related initiatives that affect a broader audience of middle school youth.
  9. The Jewish Council of Yonkers operates the Youth Literacy Program, a program serving almost 3,400  children, newborn to 18 years old.  This intergenerational program is a combination and expansion of  the SMART and OPEN BOOK youth literacy initiatives, which utilizes one-on-one mentoring across  Westchester County, in schools and public facilities, to help at-risk, underprivileged youth attain healthy  productive lives.
  10. The Nepperhan Community Center operates the Re-Entry/Transitions Program, which is a program that  serves 40 youths between the ages of 16 and 21.   This program is designed to address those issues that  have contributed to the target populations committing juvenile or criminal offenses, and provide  intensive support services to ensure that they will not regress.