MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Youth Community Outreach Program (Y-COP) will host its inaugural pancake breakfast fundraiser in Mount Vernon next month.
Funds raised during the first-ever breakfast event will support summer camp scholarships for youth in the area. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 4 at First United Methodist Church.
This year, the Y-COP’s summer camp will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from July 8 through Aug. 23. The camp will include field trips to the library, local parks and sport instruction. Each week will introduce a new theme, including fitness, hygiene, the environment and nature.
Allen Ayers, the founder of Y-COP said that the organization hopes to provide affordable options for Mount Vernon residents.
“We seek to provide high quality programs led by experienced, caring individuals in a safe and nurturing environment at an affordable rate,” he said.
Campers will receive a bag of groceries each week from the Food Bank for Westchester’s Backpack Program, and lunch will be provided each day by the Mount Vernon School District.
“We do not believe a person’s financial circumstance should define their opportunities,” a youth advocate at Y-COP said. “This is why we are hosting a pancake breakfast to help children afford the privilege of attending camp without making it a financial burden for parents.”
Those interested in attending the pancake fundraiser can RSVP by emailing YCOP2012@gmail.com or calling 914-215-3063. Parents interested in registering children ages 6 to 12 for the summer camp should call the same number for details and prices.
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