In support of positive youth development programs throughout the County, the Westchester County Youth Bureau has once again partnered with The Lower Hudson Valley My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (LHVMBK) to host the 2nd Annual Youth Leadership Summit. The theme for this years’ summit, is to Educate, Empower and Engage.


Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Westchester County Center

198 Central Avenue

White Plains, NY 10606

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Westchester County is proud to once again partner with the Lower Hudson Valley My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the Obama Foundation and other MBK communities around the State in celebrating the success our young people. There is clear justification for the need to support young males of color, as they too, are a part of Westchester’s fabric and deserve adequate supports and connections. This administration, through the Westchester County Youth Bureau, has worked diligently to improve equitable gains for the most vulnerable by offering the financial and technical support.”   

The Lower Hudson Valley My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, led by the Nepperhan Community Center, is a consortium of cities, local governmental bodies, local educational agencies and non-profit organizations that have accepted former President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community MBK Challenge.

Executive Director of the Westchester County Youth Bureau Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden said: “The collective engagement and impact of the 11 My Brother’s Keeper programs and affinity groups have afforded young males from diverse backgrounds with a plethora of supports, services, and opportunities. Now more than ever, it is critically important for local communities to take the necessary steps to close the opportunity gaps. We are excited to join the various School Superintendents, community stakeholders, and the Lower Hudson Valley My Brother’s Keeper Alliance in furthering their efforts to improve life outcomes of Westchester County’s boys and young men.”

The goal of the summit, where nearly 700 boys and young men of color are expected from Westchester County, is to promote promising practices and workshops that demonstrate effectiveness and offer boys and young men of color (BYMOC) tools to take an active role in their personal development and their future. The Summit will feature remarks from invited guest speakers; Bishop David Evans, Bethany Baptist Church of NJ; Former NBA Legend Allan Houston and Mr. Sherman Browne, CEO of AIMHigh International, LLC, elected officials, and a panel discussion, followed by educational workshops on the following topics:

  • Building Relationships
  • Elements of Manhood
  • Male Ego (Self Esteem)
  • Mental Wellness
  • Scholar Athlete
  • Social-Emotional
  • Social Injustice
  • Time Management

LHVMBK Alliance Chair Dr. Jim Bostic said: “We are all aware of the achievement gap that exists in part because of a lack of adequate resources available to many of our students of color who live in poorer neighborhoods as compared to those in more affluent neighborhoods. As a result, boys of color are more likely to be suspended, incarcerated, or living in temporary housing. Our Alliance has been focused on ensuring that these gaps are eradicated, which is keeping in the spirit of our former President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper movement.”

André G. Early, Commissioner - Department of Community Resources – Town of Greenburgh and co-chair of the summit said: “Our goal is to ensure that these young men know that someone cares about them and are committed to making an investment in their future”.

For additional sponsorship information, please contact:

  • André G. Early, MBK Summit Co-Chair at / 914.989.3607
  • Ernest L. McFadden, MBK Summit Co-Chair at / 914.995.6418