At-Risk Youth Need A Positive First Chance

A Positive First ChanceToday in New York City there are tens of thousands of at-risk youth.  The majority of these youth live with only one parent who has less than a high school education.  Very high percentages of these youth live below the poverty line and face challenges caused by inferior elementary and high school educational opportunities, dangerous neighborhoods and other circumstances that threaten to lock them into a cycle of poverty, gang involvement, substance abuse and more. 

The Bowery Mission’s programs for children meet these challenges head-on with programming for ages 6 to 18, designed to unlock their full potential, transcend cycles of limited opportunity and develop youth into morally grounded, academically accomplished leaders.

While it will take years to accomplish, as a youth grows up participating in Mont Lawn age appropriate programs, we measure success based on five key outcomes: are connected with Christ, are connected to a caring adult, are involved with a positive peer group, are committed to graduating from high school, and have a plan for the future.

Mont Lawn Camp, situated on 200 beautiful acres in the Poconos, offers safe space outside the city where 1,100 children learn new things, connect to their Creator, and grow in faith and character during a one week camp experience.  With a camper/counselor ratio of 4:1, counselors have many opportunities to connect individually with kids. 

Mont Lawn City Camp is our "51-week follow-up" to camp. We want to help children continue the relationships they made at camp and find strong, positive role models. Mentoring and tutoring opportunities help to continue their success throughout the year.