YOUTH CONFERENCE

October 24, 2015

Sponsored by the Charles L. Brieant Center

Where – St. Mark’s Parish Hall, 85 Main Street, Mount Kisco (a short walk from the train station)

When – 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Why – Raise awareness of Youth issues

The purpose of this conference was to discuss how to reduce juvenile crime and gun violence. This was an exciting conference, designed to afford students a platform from which to speak about these very important issues. Following the conference, the students’ comments were brought to the attention of leaders from the public and private sector.

In early 2016 we will plan a trip to Albany for a photo-op with the Governor and provide an opportunity for the students who have attended the conference, to meet with his staff.

Each student will receive a free gift. Lunch will be a scrumptious BBQ.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Guest Speakers in the morning:

  • Dennis Parker, Director of ACLU’s Racial Justice Program
  • Michael Borrelli, ADA and Branch Chief for Northern Westchester
  • Joaquim Brito, Westchester County Police

Afternoon Small Group Discussions:

  1. Causes of juvenile crime – Lindsay Mitchell
  2. Life after incarceration – Al Thompson & a person who has lived it.
  3. Education – Sarah Yergeau, Westchester Children’s Assoc.
  4. Community service -TBA

There is no charge for students. A BBQ will be provided for lunch and each attendee will receive a gift bag filled with gifts that are being provided by TD Bank and a very special donor.

 On Saturday, October 24th, 2015 the Charles L. Brieant Center will be holding a Youth Conference at St. Mark’s Parish Hall in Mt. Kisco. The purpose of the conference is to have students, grades 8 through 12, listen to the experiences of kids who were incarcerated and get their thoughts about the best way to reduce juvenile crime and gun violence. Following the conference the students’ recommendations will be presented to leaders from the public and private sector.  

There was no charge to attend for each registered student who participates. A nominal fee was required for each parent who attends. This money was used to provide educational training on prevention during the school year. A scrumptious BBQ was provided for lunch. Each conference recipient received a gift bag provided by TD Bank.

 We are grateful to The Reverend William Doubleday and the people of St. Mark’s Parish for donating the use of the parish hall and breakout rooms.

 CONFERENCE AGENDA

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Place: St. Mark’s Parish Hall in Mount Kisco, located at 85 Main Street, a short walk from the train station

 Guest Speakers in the morning:

  • Dennis Parker, Director of ACLU’s Racial Justice Program
  • Michael Borrelli, ADA and Branch Chief for Northern Westchester
  • Westchester County Police: Speaker TBA

 Afternoon Small Group Discussions:

  • Causes of juvenile crime
  • Life after incarceration
  • Education
  • Community service

 Each small group will be led by an expert in their field and the students will rotate through each small group.