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Y-Cop of Mount Vernon Inc

aka Youth Community Outreach Program   |   Mount Vernon, NY   |  ycopmvny.org

Mission

Y-COP welcomes all youth and their families, regardless of race, culture, religion or socio-economic status. Y-COP introduces youth to programs and activities that emphasize, enhance and enrich their social skill development, educational, recreational and cultural awareness. Y-COP’s Board, staff and volunteers strongly believe that no person’s circumstances should determine their worth. Y-COP seeks to provide high quality, positive programs, led by a qualified, caring individuals in a safe and nurturing environment at an affordable rate for working parents. Y-COP seeks to provide opportunities to cultivate in youth the desire to be independent thinkers, make good decisions and to reach their full potential.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Mr. Henry Wilson

Financial Administrator

Zinobi Duncombe

Main address

227 E Lincoln Ave

Mount Vernon, NY 10552 USA

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EIN

13-3665501

NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

After School Program

Y-COP is licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and the Child Care Council of Westchester to operate a School Aged After School Program for youth, Monday through Friday, 3:00 - 6:30 p.m. All enrolled students are provided with transportation pick-up from school to the after school program site, homework help, tutoring, recreation, arts & crafts, STEM, nutritious meals and snacks, mentoring, guest speakers, dance, youth yoga and music classes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Y-COP Out-of-School Care Program, a subcomponent of After School, provides a full day of meals, recreation, educational enrichment and social skill development for youth, ages six to 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on days that parents must work but it is a scheduled day off during the school year. It is offered if more than ten youth are scheduled to participate. Students may go on field trips, watch movies, and participate in interactive discussions led by professionals in various fields including education, arts, law enforcement, the military, and more.

Please visit us at ycopmvny.org to learn more, or volunteer your time, talent, or treasures to Y-COP’s Out-of-School Care Program.

Population(s) Served

Youth, ages 5 to 13, enjoy activities such as horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, and fishing on a boat, to get out of the typical urban setting. The Summer Day Camp Program, regulated by the Westchester County Department of Health is held for six weeks from July to August, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Children participate in academic enrichment, including reading and math, as well as recreation, such as tennis and swim instruction and lessons. Weekly field trips include the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, the Bronx Zoo, and the Mount Vernon Public Library. Campers also participate in interactive discussions led by professionals in various fields including education, arts, law enforcement, the military, and more.

Parents pay a nominal registration fee. Sibling discounts are available. Westchester County Department of Social Services Subsidies are accepted. For families that can prove economic hardship, partial scholarships are available.

Population(s) Served

Offered every Saturday from October to May, Y-COP’s Youth Development Basketball Program is open to boys and girls, ages five to 15. Youth learn the fundamentals of basketball, including, passing and dribbling, as well as how to be a good team player and how to have a positive competitive spirit. Many youths in this program have tried out for, and earned spots, on AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) teams and on their respective school’s basketball teams on various levels including the famous Mount Vernon High School varsity team. Y-COP’s Youth Development Basketball Program is a participating member of the USA Basketball Association.

Youth Development Basketball is $25 per session.

Population(s) Served

Y-COP’s new Alternative Care and Learning Program is the answer to a parent’s most pressing concern. With schools closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the uncertainty of when in-person schooling will occur, the staff at Y-COP has managed to cultivate a system that meets the need of both parent and child.

With the cooperation and support of the First United Methodist Church, where the program operates daily, parents drop their children off at the Alternative Care and Learning Program Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to get ready for a full day of schoolwork. The program is designed to assist school-aged children with their virtual learning assignments, help them stay focused, and provide educational and technical assistance as they do their coursework. With a total of 15 students enrolled and at least six different schools to navigate, the staff, under the supervision of Team Leader, Amirah Roberts, go above and beyond to make sure the kids stay on task. Breakfast and lunch

Population(s) Served

Out of parents’ demand for their children to remain a part of Y-COP programs after aging out of After School and Summer Day Camp, the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program was created. Youth, ages 13 to 18, wishing to apply must write a well-thought-out essay that outlines solutions to issues in Mount Vernon and discuss it with a panel representative of the community.

The CITs help plan, prepare and participate in activities with their younger peers in After School and Summer Day Camp. They also help with setup, clean up, as well as shadow Head Counselors. When funding is available, stipends may be extended to CITs who successfully complete the program. Youth, of appropriate age, who successfully complete the CIT program are eligible to interview for a job as a Junior Counselor in the Summer Day Camp and After School programs as positions become available.

CITs also perform community service hours at area nursing homes, rehab centers, and assisted living facilities, as well as daycare

Population(s) Served

The Y-COP Girls Empowerment Group, a subcomponent of the After School Program, is offered to girls ages nine to 12. Girls learn about health and hygiene, build self-esteem and are provided with the tools necessary to be independent, demand respect and avoid negative influences.

The Girls Empowerment Group meets twice a week with Betsey Dorreliand and Officer Marilena Sophia of the Mount Vernon Police Department. As a law enforcement professional, “Officer Sophia” as she is affectionately called, and Betsey provide valuable lessons on how to stay out of trouble, how to resolve peer-to-peer conflict, and allows the girls to have positive interaction with the police and each other.

The Girls Empowerment Group spearheaded Y-COP’s first global outreach effort where they collected clothing, school supplies, and toiletries for a small village in the developing nation of Haiti.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Multiracial people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Multiracial people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Multiracial people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Multiracial people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Multiracial people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Multiracial people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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Y-Cop of Mount Vernon Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/04/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Bunch

Kim Wilson Owens

Retired Social Worker

Crystal Collins

Westchester County Government

John Witherspoon

Benchmark Education

Gregory L. Harris Senior

Jennifer Vodrazka

Blakely Tree Company

Roberta Apuzzo

Community Service Associates

Karen Ford

Retired DSS Case Supervisor

Yolanda Trotman

Special Education Teacher

Janice Duarte

Program Coord. , Procurement Services

Jacqueline Warner

Lawyer

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/4/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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Disability