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GEM Summer Academy Open For Applications In Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas spoke highly of the youth program.
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas spoke highly of the youth program. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Applications are being accepted for the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau’s GEM Summer Leadership Academy.

The program operates for five weeks from July 5 through Aug. 4.

The application deadline is Friday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a  location to be announced.

The GEM Summer Leadership Academy was created for girls in 7-8 grade to empower and cultivate their leadership skills in a safe, enriching environment. Youth will participate in Science, Technology, English, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) activities and enjoy character and asset building workshops, exciting field trips, and community service projects.

The program is free for all participants. If selected, participants can earn up to $350 this summer.

Funding is made possible through the Westchester County Youth Bureau.

Mayor Richard Thomas said, “Our Youth Bureau programming will provide young ladies with the skills needed to break barriers and succeed in life. The positivity highlighted by the Academy will send a positive message across the region that Mount Vernon is home to the next generation of leaders.”

“We have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of young ladies who are on the path to defining their positive identity. By focusing on building character and leadership skills, we are sending a message that Mount Vernon girls have the positive values and sense of purpose needed to succeed” stated DaMia Harris-Madden, executive director  of the Youth Bureau.

All applications are accessible via the city’s website and in the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau Office on the third-floor of city hall.

For further information contact the Keisha Kendley at the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau 914-665-2344.

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