Join us on Feb. 24 for our 13th Annual Performing Arts Benefit: DANCE, follow my lead

Institute for Health and Wellness


Institute for Health and Wellness provides prevention services aimed at reducing and eliminating the risk of youth becoming involved with illicit substances and from getting involved in other risky behaviors.




Comic Con 2018 event

Sunday, Sept. 14 was the kickoff celebration for Wellness Week! See the video to see all that we were doing.



Youth Court 2017 attendees

White Plains Community Youth Court is a juvenile justice leadership program. The White Plains Community Youth Court was launched in 2013 as an alternative to incarceration program in order to divert first time youth offenders from the juvenile justice system.  The Youth Court is run in consultation with the Westchester County Department of Probation and the Family Courts. Cases are processed in Youth Court and a jury of youth peers hands down sanctions after a hearing. All court positions -- judge, jury, attorneys, and bailiff -- are filled by trained high school students. Sanctions range from community service to remedial classes and letters of apology.  The Program accepts youth 13-18 for Training. For more information please contact the Youth Court Coordinator at (914) 422-1378.

White Plains Youth Bureau Healthy & Fit for Life Program

Accepted into SAMHSA Service to Science Initiative
The White Plains Youth Bureau’s Healthy & Fit for Life Program has been selected to participate in a national research initiative for developing evidence based programs. The Healthy & Fit for Life program was selected from a number of organizations that applied from across the country to participate in the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, a prestigious and rigorous initiative.

The Healthy & Fit for Life program was invited to participate in this initiative based on the program and organization’s responsiveness to local needs, innovativeness in approach, incorporation of practical experience, and commitment to improving evaluation capacity. As part of this initiative, the Program Director and staff will work with SAMHSA consultants to research outcomes and develop a report for acceptance into the National Registry for Evidence Based Programs (NREBP). Once accepted into this Registry, the program will be made available to other organizations to replicate in their communities.

The Healthy & Fit for Life program is a free program offered by the White Plains Youth Bureau and funded by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Service (OASAS), Westchester County Youth Bureau’s Invest In Kids, the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Grant from the NY State Health Department & Planned Parenthood, Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, and the City of White Plains. The program serves youth ages 6 – 21 years with free classes in Karate, Boxing, personal training, nutrition education, and counseling support. The program is offered 6 days a week at the Youth Bureau.

Contact: Dr. Bhavana Pahwa at 914-422-1378 or


The White Plains Cares Coalition is a group of concerned citizens in White Plains who are actively involved in assessing the needs of its youth. The goal is to safeguard youth from the risk factors that would place them at risk for a variety of delinquent behaviors (primarily alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use) while simultaneously building protective factors in the community to safeguard them from such behaviors. The coalition brings together individuals from a variety of community groups - schools, parents, youth, local government, law enforcement, media, human services, business, medical/ hospitals, youth serving organizations, treatment agencies, and prevention agencies. The coalition meets once a month and operates through volunteer participation on subgroups and committees.


Free counseling provided by licensed counselors covering a full array of topics and issues. Parenting programs offered throughout the year for groups and individuals. Counseling services are provided for our Spanish speaking clients by our bi-lingual counselor.
Age Group: 6 - 21 years of age and families
Site: White Plains Youth Bureau
Fee: Free
Hours: Monday - Friday, 3 - 8 pm


The Ferris Avenue Learning Center provides after school programming for elementary youth residing in the Ferris Avenue area. Prevention activities include, cultural and arts enrichment, and health initiatives.
Fee: Free
Hours: Monday - Friday, 3 - 8 pm

FIT FOR LIFE: Boxing, Nutritional Counseling, Karate, Personal Training

The program offers Boxing, Martial Arts (Karate), Personal Training, and Nutrition Counseling as a comprehensive approach to total health.
Age group: 6 - 21 years of age
Requirements: Applications accepted on Monday and Wednesday  
Fee: Free
Hours: School year: Monday - Friday, 3 - 9 pm, Saturdays 1 pm - 9 pm


Community-wide initiative to promote reading and reading skills development. Great opportunity for High School students to earn required community service hours by volunteering as Literacy Coaches. Junior High students can volunteer with our Seuss Up program. Training provided by PACE University and the White Plains Library.

For more information or to register for a program or activity contact the White Plains Youth Bureau at 914-422-1378 or email us at