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Empower. Educate. Enrich. Promoting Happy, Healthy Lifestyles for Ossining’s Youth
Community Partner Spotlight
The Ossining Youth Bureau seeks local business owners and companies to provide career and work readiness opportunities for Ossining youth. Be that business that introduces youth to new and dynamic experiences – You could spark the interest of a future entrepreneur! Collaborate with the Ossining Youth Bureau to introduce our youth to the world of WORKING and CAREERS.
Contact Michael Garcia, Youth Bureau Director. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ossining's Youth Advisory Board Application
The Mission of the Youth Bureau is to connect youth to positive services and programs that will help promote education, physical and emotional health, civic engagement, economic security, healthy choices, and a sense of belonging to the community.
The Youth Advisory Board’s (YAB) focus is to meet local youth needs through advocacy and recommendations on policies and plans to promote positive youth development.
Visit the Youth Bureau’s website to apply!
Drug Take Back Day
October 24, 2020 was National Drug Take Back Day. Ossining joined communities across the country to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of unused, expired, and otherwise unwanted drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Note that Ossining residents can safely dispose of medications anytime using Ossining’s MedReturn box, available 24/7 inside the police station door at 88 Spring Street.
Ossining's Summer Youth Leadership Program
Operated by the newly developing Ossining Youth Bureau, the first annual Summer Youth Leadership Program provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to develop and utilize leadership skills. The approach is youth-driven, adult-guided and included opportunities for teens to explore and share their ideas on racial equity.
Open Door Family Medical Center’s mission has remained consistent since 1972: to provide high-quality healthcare that’s affordable, accessible, and efficient to build healthier communities. From prevention and wellness programs to the treatment of diseases, Open Door sees our primary mission as keeping the people of Westchester and Putnam Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, visit www.opendoormedical.org.
Rising Above Boundaries
Confidence with persistence is a “game changer”, according to Jerald L Hoover, who partnered with Ossining’s RAB Program this past summer. The mentoring program is dedicated for fostering positive behavioral, academic and mental health outcomes in young people.
Ossining Communities That Care Supports Positive Youth Development & Substance Use Prevention
We Gather the Facts
Our Ossining Communities That Care Youth Survey assesses substance use in middle and high school students in Ossining. Our annual report includes a list of factors that may increase or decrease the likelihood of teen substance use so we know how to direct our efforts.Learn More
We Listen to the Experts
We’re not alone in this. National, state, and local agencies provide a wealth of information, experience, and support for community coalitions dedicated to prevention and health promotion—just like OCTC. We work with these organizations to bring tried and true approaches right here to Ossining to promote the prevention of substance abuse and create healthy, happy communities.Learn More
We All Work Together
Our community partners are stronger together. Through collaboration and partnership, we deliver a greater impact for our community to influence the future of Ossining and our own organizations. Every coalition partner matters in Ossining Communities That Care.Learn More
Ossining Communities That Care News
Ossining Communities That Care News
On behalf of the entire Ossining Communities That Care team, we’re excited to announce the launch of our brand new website! Our revamped online home was designed and developed by local award-winning marketing and web design agency, Hudson Fusion. Hudson Fusion has led the Westchester marketing and web design industry for over 20 years—since before
Westchester County Executive George Latimer and the Westchester County Youth Bureau are pleased to announce the establishment of the Ossining Youth Bureau and the reestablishment of the Port Chester and Yonkers Youth Bureaus. Read more
Open Door Family Medical Center has been awarded a five-year $1.5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance use in children and families in the Ossining School District. Read more
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If you’re seeing signs of substance abuse in your teen, a friend, or yourself and would like to speak to a professional, find a reputable, professional hotline or support system here.Helplines & Support