Latimer wants to restore youth programs

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WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced he is working with the county board of legislators to restore Invest in Kids funds previously cut from New Rochelle, Peekskill, White Plains and the WJCS Center Lane youth programs.
He noted the need to address the problems of the youth “is critical
(and) we are at fault if we don’t make those investments.”
The funding totals about $300,000 and will be distributed to the Youth Court Program in New Rochelle, the L.I.F.T. Program in Peekskill, WJCS Center Lane in Yonkers and the Step Up Boys, Clubman Higher Arms and Healthy and Fit for Life Programs in White Plains.
“These programs are necessary for young people to give them the opportunity to move up in our world and make a contribution in terms of their education and their abilities,” said Alfreda Williams, the vice chairwoman of the board of legislators. “Without these programs, our youth suffer.”
Youth Bureau Director Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden noted “We have seen a recent uptick in violence in New Rochelle, and this is not the time to cut the lifelines to these communities.”