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.


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JoAnn Reed

Director of Youth Services


Youth Advocate Office: 914-478-2471

Jo Ann's Direct Phone: 914-478-3400 X647



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

Marvin Gooden

Youth Advocate


Youth Advocate Office: 914-478-2471

Marvin's Direct Phone: 914-478-3400 X646



Recreational Activities

After-school, Seasonal, Special Programs

Every weekday after school, the youth of the Village are invited to come to the Community Center to partake in many recreational activities ranging from pool to foosball to cooking and exercise classes. or to just hang out with friends in a safe and supportive environment.

After school weekdays 3:00-7:00pm

Educational and Prevention Programs

Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Antibullying Educational Programs

The Youth Services Director and Youth Advocate conduct educational and prevention programs that address substance abuse,  making healthy choices, creating healthy relationships and making good life choices.

Coordinated in collaboration with Hastings School District

Homework Help

English as a Second Language and Daily Academic Help

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is conducted weekly at the Community Center.  Students of all grades whose primary language is not English are paired with a tutor (adult or older student). This program runs the entire school year and services 15 students as well as providing volunteer opportunities for approximately 10 high school students. Snacks are provided by the youth advocate program. The volunteers and students are coordinated by the youth advocate staff.


ESL offered weekly on Tuesday afternoons 

Daily Academic Homework Help by YAP Staff

Individual and Family Counseling

Counseling by Professional Staff

The Youth Advocate Program is available to needy individuals and families for individual and/or group counseling. Sometimes, people find themselves in difficult situations in which they need outside assistance to help solve acute problems. The Youth Services' professional staff members will attempt to provide an initial assessment and will recommend outside support services if necessary.

Available by appointment by contacting 914-478-2471.

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