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Programs for At-Risk Children

Programs for At-Risk ChildrenThe Bowery Mission’s programs for children - Mont Lawn Camp and Mont Lawn City Camp - are changing the life direction of at-risk youth in New York City. 

Today 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. 

Mont Lawn Camp and Mont Lawn City Camp 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.

Our children’s programs depend on volunteers to serve as mentors who build relationships with at-risk youth to provide support and encouragement throughout the year.  Our ability to expand our youth programs is dependent upon commitments by adult volunteers.  Learn more about volunteering as a youth mentor.

We also depend on the generosity of donors who provide the financial support to make it possible for at-risk youth to attend camps and retreats where they have an opportunity to get outside of the city and learn and develop skills that will help them break free and escape the cycle of poverty to and unlock their full potential.  Your online gift today will pay lifelong dividends for youth that have the potential to become leaders in business, church and government. 

Mont Lawn Camp and Mont Lawn City Camp programs are designed to provide the right supports to a youth's development, at the right time, from age 6 to age 18. These supports cultivate in each youth a realization of their own intrinsic worth and purpose to God; opportunities to discover and employ their unique talents and gifts; and the right challenges to forge a strong character that can overcome adversity.

While it will take years to accomplish, as a youth grows up participating in our age appropriate childrens programs, our goal is that he or she will be a morally grounded, academically accomplished leader and follower of Jesus Christ. 

We measure success based on five key outcomes:

  1. Are connected with Christ.
  2. Are connected to a caring adult.
  3. Are involved with a positive peer group.
  4. Are committed to graduating from high school.
  5. Have a plan for the future.


Mont Lawn Camp – a summer experience for kids (ages 6-12)

Mont Lawn CampSituated on 200 beautiful acres in the Poconos, Mont Lawn Camp 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. 

In the off-season, Mont Lawn Retreat Center provides revenue to off-set the cost of summer camp.

Leadership Hill – leadership development for kids (ages 13-16)

Leadership HillLeadership Hill is an adventure-based leadership development experience that brings together 25-30 teenagers of the same gender to live in community for two-week sessions at Mont Lawn Camp.  Youth participate in activities at the camp as well as a trips and excursions outside of the camp. 

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program – peer leadership development (ages 16-17)

Developed for young men and women who seek to grow into mature and responsible peer leaders, the Counselor in Training program trains ten to twelve 16-17 year olds who have previously attended Mont Lawn Camp as future Mont Lawn Camp summer staff. 

Leadership Academy – adult mentoring for kids ages 12-18

Leadership Academy StudentStarted in 2005, Leadership Academy is a four-year program that links 3-4 teens with a volunteer adult mentor who helps them acquire the strong character assets necessary for success in college, career and community.  This year round program includes workshops, event and team-building activities. 

Help make a difference

The Bowery Mission’s children programs are helping at-risk youth in New York City break the cycle of poverty, transcend cycles of limited opportunity and develop into morally grounded, academically accomplished leaders of tomorrow. With distinct, age appropriate programs for children age 6-18, Mont Lawn Camp and Mont Lawn City Camp provide education, mentoring and leadership development opportunities.  Learn how you can serve as a volunteer and make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth. Your online gift today will make it possible for at-risk youth to attend camps and retreats.