National Impact Community: Yonkers, NY

Nepperhan Community Center, Inc.


About the Applicant

Founded in 1938, the Nepperhan Community Center provides a safe, nurturing environment where the educational, social, spiritual, and emotional needs of children of all ages are addressed. The Community Center offers academic enrichment and cultural arts sessions; sports activities; and workshops focusing on building self-esteem, self confidence, conflict resolution, and team building.

About the Project

Using best practices for age-appropriate programming the Community Center will serve 250 boys and young men of color organized in groups by age and stages of development. The groups served include participants from the following Yonkers MBK programs: Rites of Passage, the College/Career Readiness, and the Manhood Training Program.

Programming will include group mentoring, case management, and wraparound support services. Each student will participate in two 90-minute group mentoring sessions per week, for 26 weeks each year. Group mentoring sessions will focus on providing participants with tools and skills to improve their social, emotional, educational, and financial well-being. One session each week will focus on violence prevention, equipping participants with conflict management, mediation, and problem solving tools and strategies. Weekly case management and wraparound services will be provided by three full-time case managers to track and support participant progress.

These sessions will be led by staff from SNUG/Cure Violence, a program of the Yonkers YMCA and a national model for reducing urban violence. Multiple evaluations have shown the Cure Violence model in Yonkers has significantly reduced shootings, violent confrontations, and homicides. In particular, Yonkers saw a 34-month stretch without a shooting or homicide.

Key Implementation Partners

  • Yonkers MBK
  • SNUG/Cure Violence – YMCA of Yonkers
  • Yonkers Public School System
  • City of Yonkers, Mayor’s Office