Youth Services and Advocacy
“When the lives and the rights of children are at stake, there must be no silent witnesses.”
The Youth Advocate Program (YAP) organizes the core of the many services that the Council supports including but not limited to the many educational and prevention programs in the schools and the community, after-school recreational activities, Homework Help, counseling, Safe Rides, Help-a-Child, and Food Pantry. The bulk of the programs are held at the James V. Harmon Community Center. Special programs and activities are hosted throughout the year and are announced by mail, email, flyers and/or WHoH-TV, Channel 75. Some of these activities are: movies, Pool Yap, Friday Night YAP, homework help, game tournaments, school vacation activities, field trips and more. All activities are supervised by Youth Advocate Staff. The Youth Advocate Program is partially funded through a grant from New York State OASAS (Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services) and the Village of Hastings.
The Youth Advocate Program also began the distribution of a newsletter in June 2013. This provides those who are subscribed (approx. 2000) to the village email server with information about teen drug use trends, drug information, signs and symptoms of use and parenting tips. You may subscribe to the newsletter here.
James V. Harmon Community Center
44 Main St. Hastings, NY 10706
Mon - Thurs 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Fri 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 7:00PM