WHO WE ARE
The White Plains Youth Bureau has touched thousands of young lives since the Mayor and Common Council made it a formal office of city government in 1970. The White Plains Youth Bureau has one mission: helping youth grow into successful adults. Today, the Youth Bureau works with over 2000 youth each day with 50 programs backed by our proud tradition of 45 years of service.
In 1970, Mayor Richard Hendey named Common Council Member Hal Masback Chair of the Youth Board, and the Youth Bureau as we know it officially began. The small, tentative organization originally housed in a crooked little building on North Lexington Avenue has become a dynamic, effective and respected force in our city and state providing services in every neighborhood and school building in White Plains.
45 years ago, the emphasis of The Youth Services Bureau, as it was then known, was a coffeehouse and jobs. Today, the Youth Bureau offers a full range of youth development programs and activities including: after school, employment, leadership and counseling, substance abuse prevention and community building. A variety of youth development programs prepare youth for academic and personal success, higher education, summer jobs, and career development. Youth Bureau programs – from chess to boxing to lacrosse – provide skills, fun, and character development. Art, dance, and music help youngsters discover new skills…and, of course, have more fun. Youth are exposed to science, business and technology in our computer labs, environmental programs, media labs and field trips to centers of commerce and learning. Mentoring programs, along with intergenerational activities for youth and seniors, strengthen everyone’s appreciation of time, life and community.
From one desk in a corner at city hall to a dynamic city agency, the Youth Bureau has grown and developed. Directors have come and gone, staff has grown and changed as well. But one thing has not changed – the Youth Bureau’s determination to represent, support and advocate for the young people of White Plains. The City of White Plains Youth Bureau remains today, as always, a place for every youth of White Plains.
YOUTH BUREAU STAFF
Frank Williams, Jr.
Frank Williams, Jr. has had a long and distinguished career in human services. He is currently the Director of the Youth Bureau and has been with the agency for 29 years. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Employment Services, for the Grand Street Settlement in New York City. In addition to providing leadership at the Youth Bureau, Mr. Williams sits on the Board of Directors of Good Council Academy, is a member of the Black Scholars Committee and a member of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He has received numerous awards for his community work.
Mr. Williams holds a degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi. He has a Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham University.
Bhavana Pahwa has worked with the Youth Bureau for the past 12 years and has more than 25 years experience as a social worker. Bhavana earned her Master’s in Social Work and PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington and also has a second Master’s Degree in Communications from Texas Tech University. Over the past 25 years Bhavana has worked with youth and families as well as with school districts and community based organizations. Bhavana has experience in program development, evaluation, and non-profit marketing/ PR.
Prior to being appointed as the Deputy Director, Bhavana has worked as a Program Director at the Youth Bureau and as a Intervention Specialist with the Arlington Independent School District in Texas.
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