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County Legislators Face Tough Questions From Youth About Children's Issues

Published: Thursday, February 19, 2015 County legislators participating in a breakfast session on children and youth today at the White Plains YMCA were faced with some tough questions from two WJCS representatives. Lashanae Amaker, a White Plains High School senior and WJCS Margaret's Place program representative, questioned the high cost of bus transportation for children from low-income

WJCS Forms New Group for Young Couples with Autism or Developmental Disabilities

Published: Friday, February 13, 2015 WJCS has formed a new group focused on relationships for couples, ages 18 to 35, with autism spectrum disorders and/or developmental disabilities. Communication, disagreements, other friendships and sexual relations are among the topics the group will discuss, beginning in February. For more information about other WJCS programs for people with autism or

WJCS Forms Group to Teach Teens to Use Technology to Learn Living Skills

Published: Friday, February 13, 2015 WJCS has formed a new group that will use iPads, video and other technology tools to teach independent living skills to high-school students with autism spectrum disorders. A personal iPad is not required. The group starts in February and meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:15 PM. Click here to see the flyer or for more information, contact Carrie

B. Plattus' Bar Mitzvah Project Produces a Passel of Winter Boots

Published: Friday, February 13, 2015 Brian Plattus, son of WJCS Board Member Linda Plattus, could have picked any number of charitable projects for his bar mitzvah, but he ran a winter boot donation drive to benefit WJCS Kids’ Kloset and the many children in Westchester who could use a pair. Brian included a donation card appeal in his bar mitzvah invitation and friends and family

WJCS, J-Teen and Mosaic Team Up to Teach Bullying Prevention to Jewish Middle School Students

Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 WJCS is partnering with J-Teen Leadership and Mosaic of Westchester to present “Buddies Not Bullies,” a new peer-led bullying prevention program for middle school youth throughout Westchester. The program teaches middle school students strategies and skills to increase tolerance, respect and dignity for others, as a step toward reducing the high

WJCS Joins Forces With Feeding Our Neighbors

Published: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 WJCS has joined forces with Catholic Charities, UJA Federation of New York and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies in the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign to collect nutritious food items in the Westchester community. Anyone is welcome to donate the following items: Whole-grain cereal or oatmeal, pasta, canned vegetables (carrots, tomatoes or

WJCS Receives $52,500 in Grants From Westchester Community Foundation, The Dammann Fund to Expand Youth Services

Published: Thursday, January 22, 2015 WJCS has been awarded three grants totaling $52,500 from the Westchester Community Foundation and from the Dammann Fund to expand services for Jewish children, LGBTQ youth as well as pregnant and parenting teens. The grants enable WJCS Center Lane to expand services to northern Westchester; provide funds for school materials, healthcare and childcare needs

A. Siniscalchi to Head Children, Youth and Family Services

Published: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Amy Siniscalchi, LMSW, has been named assistant executive director of children, youth and family services. Siniscalchi was former chief program officer at My Sisters’ Place, responsible for overall management of the agency’s shelters, counseling and outreach/training programs. She has more than 17 years of experience in the domestic violence,