reports & resources

Use these resources to prepare for things like speaking engagements, community activism, or other kinds of research.


The resources come from the media, national organizations, and local partners in respect to our six indicators. 

WCA Report on Child & Youth Homelessness: 'Making the Invisible Visible'

Homelessness persists in Westchester county - even in places you may not expect it - and it affects children and youth disproportionately.  Westchester Children's Association published a landmark report in June 2019 entitled 'Making the Invisible Visible: Westchester's Hidden Homeless Children & Youth" that sheds light on the prevalence of this issues and highlights the policy changes that could lighten the burden for those experiencing homelessness.  Instead of being as visible out on the streets of Westchester, many children and families in our county are doubled up in shelters and temporary housing that is not safe or stable making it difficult to support children's needs. 

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@wca4kid#WCAChildHomelessness to see how you can get involved.



AUDIO & TRANSCRIPT: White Plains Listening Session, 2/5/2018

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ricca invited several school and community partners to the White Plains School District offices to have a conversation about how each participant aims to provide positive learning environments for White Plains children and families. Listen below as school-based professionals and community partners discuss what works and what needs improvement. #Suspensions #PositiveLearningEnvironments #CodeofConduct #WhitePlains #FrankWilliams #KarenBlumenthal







BLOG: Why I Am So Proud of Yonkers’ New & Improved Code of Conduct

WCA ally and GPS4Kids stakeholder, Karen Blumenthal of Student Advocacy, offered thoughts on the new Yonkers Code of Conduct in respect to the GPS4Kids goal. Read an excerpt below!


"On October 18, 2017, the Yonkers Board of Education adopted the new Code of Conduct. And while there is further editing work to be done, this Code reflects a critical shift. The old Code was a Punitive Discipline Guide. The new Code is a Conduct Guide that seeks to 1) Prevent problems by creating a positive climate, 2) Identify the roles of all key partners: students, parents, school staff 3) Address inappropriate behavior through restorative and solutions oriented responses"

#CodeofConduct #KarenBlumenthal #Yonkers #PositiveLearningEnvironments

READI Campaign

Through a grant  from The Westchester Bank, WCA has rolled out a public education campaign encouraging young people to develop the attitudes and attributes (soft skills) needed for success at work. WCA launched this public awareness campaign to coordinate with the county’s READI initiative, led by the Westchester Putnam Workforce Investment Board (WIB).


READI stands for the key workforce attributes that employers seek when hiring: Respect, Enthusiasm, Articulate, Dependable, and Initiative. Below is a clip from the 2018 READI New Rochelle launch.

#READI #DisconnectedYouth #NewRochelle







PROGRAM: YWCA: Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism, takes place annually during the last week in April,  is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. Questions? Email

#YWCA #RaceEquity #WhitePlains

PROGRAM: Peekskill Youth Bureau: Rising Tide Boat Building



The Rising Tide Boat Building Program runs after-school during the year and over the summer enabling youth and adults to build rowboats together, becoming an experience that builds self-esteem and self-confidence, while providing students with hands-on experiences incorporating math, technology, environmental sciences, ecology studies and team building skills (reinforcing many different subjects that the kids learn in school, and additionally instilling a sense of pride and self-worth).

#TuesdayMcDonald #Peekskill #Youth Bureau

REPORT: Can Restorative Practices Improve School Climate and Curb Suspensions?​

This is a December 2018 Report reviewing the Pittsburgh Public School system. Below is access to the PDF of the full report and a short summary from the RAND Corporation site:

"Across the country, school districts, their stakeholders, and policymakers have become increasingly concerned about suspensions, particularly about suspending students from elementary school and disproportionately suspending ethnic/racial minority students. Suspended students are less likely to graduate, possibly because they miss the instructional time they need to advance academically. Restorative practices have gained buy-in in the education community as a strategy to reduce suspension rates."

REPORT: First 1,000 Days: Nourishing America's Future

1,000 Days is the leading non-profit advocacy organization working in the U.S. and around the world to improve nutrition, particularly during the 1,000 day window between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday. We work to promote action and investment in nutrition in order to build a strong foundation for children, their families and their nations to thrive.

This report outlines the importance of nutrition during pregnancy for brain development, healthy growth, and establishing a strong immune system.

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