The WPYB celebrates those who have made the White Plains Youth Bureau what it is today.
Each month, please meet new 45th Anniversary Honoree(s):
December Honoree: Evelyn Nicole Boykin
- Graduated White Plains High School class of 2001. Participated in Cross Country – Track.
- Standout runner in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track; specialist in 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
- As an eighth grader, Nicole went to National Outdoor Scholastic meet as part of a 4x800 relay team that set a WPHS record.
- Won 12 of 14 cross country races as a freshman.
- Despite being hampered by a stress fracture in her sophomore year, was still named All County in both indoor and outdoor track.
- As a junior, finished 11th in New York State cross country championship, 14th at Nationals. She won the New York City Marathon for high school girls in November 1999; captured the New York Roadrunners Club High School Grand Prix Series award.
- Overall, Nicole won multiple League, County and Section 1 Championships. Set school records of 15:13 at 2.5, 18:11 at 3.1 miles.
- Two-Time Journal News “Runner of the Year.”
- Named a Con Ed Scholar Athlete.
- New York State Federation Cross Country Champion in 2000 with a Section I record time of 18:22, third fastest ever at Bowdoin Park. Was fifth in the Footlocker Northeast Regionals.
- Undefeated Section I cross country season as a senior, winning all 12 of her races.
- Has earned a Doctorate Degree in Psychology.
- Inducted in first WPHS Athletics Hall of Fame Class – November 2015
November Honoree: Margaret "Patti" Indelicato
Patti has left an indelible mark on the City of White Plains and the White Plains Youth Bureau. She has been coordinator of the Youth Bureau's Growing White Plains Project, serving in this position for 5 years. The mission of the project is to grow and provide fresh produce to the needy and to teach gardening practices to youth, teens and adults in White Plains. Patti initiated the Harvest Day Festival, Fall and Spring Cleanup and Harvest Days at the garden sites at New York Hospital and at the Bethel Baptist Church Garden. She developed her passion for gardening at ther grandfather's garden, classes at the New York Botanical Garden in gardening and landscape design and at White Plains Recreation and Parks, 1981 - 1993 where she was employed as Recreation Supervisor II and was responsible for the community garden program.
Patti also worked at Pawling Recreation and Parks for 1 year and at Peekskill Recreation and Parks for 3 years. While at White Plains, Patti, alongside other White Plains staff, set up the community gardens at Baldwin Farms,, designing a 10' fence going around over 60 garden beds. She also represented the Commissioner of Recreation and Parks at the Youth Bureau's monthly meeting; reflecting on that she felt the Youth Bureau's activities played to her Social Work training. Margaret is relocating to Arizona and will be greatly missed. Patti is married and is the mother to four children.
October Honoree: Dr. Bindu Mathew
Dr. Bindu Mathew is a board certified Family Medicine Physician, who has been in private practice since 2006. She attended the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, and completed her Family Medicine internship and residency at the University of Buffalo in New York. She worked at Greenburgh Health Center for five years before going into private practice with North Star Medical Group, P.C. She has been the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold, MD Resident Teaching Award and Service Awards, 2nd and 3rd Year Residency.
Dr. Mathew’s area of expertise is providing excellent inpatient care and transitioning patients back to the home setting. She also sees patients in local nursing home and rehabilitation facilities. While serving on the Mayor’s Youth Council in high school, Bindu credits the learning opportunities, skills and experiences she acquired as helping to pave the way for future success.
September Honoree: Personal Trainer, Maurice Johnson
I started with the White Plains Youth Bureau back when I was in 5th grade. I was a participant in various programs plus I hung out at the teen lounge for many years as well. I got into the Great Potential Program once I entered middle school and stayed there all the way up until I graduated high school in 2000. During those years through being able to travel with the Great Potential program and seeing a little of what’s out there in the world, I began to grow curious as to what else was out there for me to see and experience. It was this same curiosity that propelled me forward into my career as a fitness professional and just forward in life.
I never thought about how the involvement in the various programs such as Great Potential and even the summer work programs would translate into reality. Through being able to harness a work ethic by doing manual labor during my time in the Greening Project, to working with kids in the camp counselor program, I’ve learned patience, tenacity and grit in some cases. All of which comes in handy as a coach/trainer. Being in these programs has left me with a goal to somehow be successful enough so that I could return one day to help another person find that thing inside them that can be cultivated into future greatness.
Currently I am a personal trainer/group fitness instructor by profession but through some of the lessons I’ve learned going way back to my time at the Youth Bureau I can honestly say that I’ve become a bit more than that. To date I have competed in bodybuilding, power lifting and now OCR’s (Obstacle Course Races). I am certified to do nutrition coaching as well as train people and groups for the Reebok Spartan Race, which is the top organization for OCR. I have mentored other fitness professionals and I have created my own group fitness program called, Superhuman: The Class, which has quite a large following. I am also transitioning into life coaching and public speaking as well.
In closing, my time spent at the White Plains Youth Bureau has and will always stay with me. The lessons learned and the experiences I had are as relevant in my life today as they were back then and because of this and a few other reasons I will always push forward!
August Honorees - White Plains' Finest
Liz Barksdale – is a member of the Patrol Division. Officer Barksdale was a police dispatcher before becoming a police officer. Officer Barksdale has been known to take that extra step when handling incidents.
As a youth growing up in White Plains there were limited activities we could do. The best place to go was the White Plains Youth Bureau. It was a safe place equipped with a staff that always planned things to keep us busy. A few years later while attending Manhattanville College, I decided to use the summer break and work with the Youth Bureau. I took the position of Assistant Director of the Entrepreneurship Program for At Risk Youth. This program developed, implemented, and executed all the need foundations of discipline, money responsibilities and a savings program for the youth participating. I figured this was my turn to return the favor for all those amazing memories and childhood experiences. Taking part and working with the White Plains Youth Bureau was beyond fulfilling. The Youth Bureau always had a purpose mainly geared towards enriching the youth of the community. I, as a child, attended the Youth Bureau and appreciated the staff that on a daily basis went above and beyond job titles. Now, as a police officer, I look back at those memories and I know how important childhood experiences are in a person’s life, if you start with the right foundations the results are limitless.
Christina Brown – a member of the Patrol Division. Christina just completed an assignment in which she successfully recruited members of the diverse White Plains community to take the upcoming police entrance exam.
As a teen growing up in White Plains I've had the privilege of being a part of many programs offered by the White Plains Youth Bureau. My first experience with the Youth Bureau was when I was enrolled in the after school program at George Washington Elementary School. After transitioning from elementary school to middle school I spent many afternoons at the teen lounge finishing up homework and socializing with staff members and friends. Aside from spending time in the teen lounge, the Youth Bureau allowed me to participate in other programs such as the Chess club, computer training classes, babysitting training, boxing classes, etc. Under the direction of Sheila Foley, I was asked to be a part of the Youth Bureau's mentoring program during my first year of High School. I willingly took on the responsibility of guiding a 6th grader in a positive direction. I later met Patricia Staffiero and participated in the Youth Employment Services (YES) program. The YES program gave me insight on how to properly write resumes, go on job interviews and dress appropriately. To this day, I take what I've learned from the YES program and apply it to my everyday life. My last job through the YES program introduced me to the legal field. I obtained a part time clerical position at Jackson & Lewis LLP and I realized from there that I wanted to study Criminal Justice.
In 2005 I graduated from White Plains High School. Later that summer I began my college studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. As a full time college student I knew I needed a part time job to make a few ends meet. I immediately thought of Martin Rudow and Byron Smalls, Supervisors of the After School program. In the fall of 2005 I became a junior counselor at Church St Elementary School and held that position for two years. Although I was in pursuit of a career in law enforcement, working with children helped prepare me for youth encounters as a Police Officer. I give much credit to the White Plains Youth Bureau for providing me with the tools and resources that have contributed to my profession. I feel honored and grateful to be a part of the Youth Bureau family and knowing I have their continued support.
Police Officer Michael Cheeks - has been a School Resource Officer assigned to the Middle and High Schools since 2013. Officer Cheeks is also a veteran of the United States Marines.
I've been a police officer with the White Plains Police Department for fifteen years and have had the pleasure to serve the community. The City of White Plains is a great place to live. With my experience as a police officer, I have interacted with youth in the community. I saw a void with today's young men who are challenged by numerous obstacles that could put them in a bad situation. I felt I could offer something to a young person. I was raised in a single parent household but have always had someone such as a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, or family friend to look out for me. I've always had a support system beyond just my parents during my childhood and fortunately I listened enough and had help along the way. Everyone is not fortunate to have that and with all the challenges of growing up today, I knew that just complaining and being disappointed with some of the actions of today's youth does not help.
I've been a member of the White Plains Youth Bureau’s Mentor program and matched with the same youth for the past five years. The experience is worthwhile especially because I know that he looks forward to having time together whether it is let him vent, watch him in his football game, play basketball, or just be a friend to him. It makes a difference. Of course, when you've been with a child that long, the relationship you have with that child goes beyond the mentor / mentee aspect. He's a friend. My mentee is a talented athlete who I've envisioned could be doing great things in life. I emphasized to him that, ' it's not about how you start, it's about how you finish.' He can write his own story. Even through his growing pains, I know that with support he will find his niche in life and become an asset to society. I'm excited for him and I feel good about my experience of giving back.
John FitzSimmons – was recently assignment to the Neighborhood Conditions Unit. This unit is a very proactive assignment. Members have to identify areas of the City that maybe developing crime patterns and respond to deter further escalation of criminal activity.
My family has always lived and worked in White Plains. I attended George Washington Elementary School from first to fifth grade. Because both my Mom and Dad worked long hours, my sister and I needed someone to watch us until they finished their workday. I was lucky that my Mom knew about the Youth Bureau After - School Program from her job with the Police Department Youth Unit. I was able to get my homework done, get some outdoor play time in and try my hand at some arts and crafts during my time in the after school program.
My sister who also attended the program actually worked at the After School Program at GW while she was in college. My family considers itself fortunate to have had a place my sister and I could go to be safe, socialize and get some homework help at a very affordable cost.
Edward Gordon – a member of the Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit. ESU requires officers to be EMTs and to participate in frequent training to enhance the special skills needed for this very specialized unit.
My experiences with the White Plains Youth Bureau have always been memorable. I knew the WPYB as the Teen Center when I was growing up. It was a great, safe place to go after school to hang out, shoot pool, and play Ping-Pong for push ups and sodas. If you needed help with your homework there was always someone there to help you. The WPYB was where I got my first paying job. I was 14 years old painting the walls of the new relocated Youth Bureau, and the back wall at Kittrell Park. I was then offered a job as a camp counselor at the Bits & Pieces summer camp, and worked at the after school programs. I remember going on some great trips, such as to Great Adventures, Yankee games, Adventure camping at the YMCA camp in Connecticut and weeklong camping trips in South Salem. I met a lot of great people while working there as well. I wouldn't trade my time at the Youth Bureau for anything.
Matthew Johnson – is a member of the department’s Patrol Division. Officer Johnson works steady midnights and is known to be a very proactive officer with great self- initiative.
Growing up on South Kensico, the Youth Bureau and Teen Center was my second home. I literally could walk across the street and be a part of a great outlet for young kids growing up in White Plains. The many activities kept me busy as well as inspired me to be involved with my own community.
I can never forget Shelia Foley because she never forgot me when it came time for a trip to Madison Square Garden or the Museum. The staff always encourage us to be involved in community at an early age, whether volunteering in another country or working for the city. With that said I'm grateful for all the life experiences I learned and glad I been giving the opportunity to give back to the City of White Plains.
Patrick Tighe – was recently selected to be a member of the Department’s Data Management Unit and works with the various technology used by the Department every day, including body cameras, license plate readers and in car video.
My name is Patrick Tighe, I have had the pleasure to live and work in White Plains for most of my life. The Mayor’s Youth Bureau was in its infancy when I was at Mamaroneck Av elementary school. I was at MAS from first to fourth grade. During first grade I was, what was called, a "latch key kid”, meaning I walked home from school and stayed at home by myself until my Mom came home. My father worked two jobs and mother would come home at 5:30 pm. One day in early fall, I came home with a flier about the after school program offered through the Youth Bureau. It was perfect solution for my family. The program was perfectly tailored for working families like mine. I would go to my school cafeteria after school ended until my mom picked me up. While I was at the after school program I was getting my homework done every day with an adult to assist if I needed help. We had a snack then we would play outside or inside depending on the weather. It worked so well for my family that when my sisters attended Mamaroneck Avenue School they used the after school program too.
Sgt. Howard Tribble has been a police officer in the City of White Plains since 1986. He plans on retiring at the end of August 2015. Sgt. Tribble is probably the best known and most respected member of the department by both the community and department members. He was a Youth Officer for many years and was the first School Resource Officer in the City of White Plains. His compassion and empathy has been invaluable to the Department in being able to maintain trust in the community.
Howard started volunteering for the White Plains Youth Bureau in the early 90"s. He served as a mentor for several young men who lived in the Coachmen Family Center and Winbrook Housing Complex. Howard also co-founded a program called "Project Opportunity Give Back" with the help of Director Frank Williams. This program was developed to have police officers work with youths in the community. The program was geared to teach young people life skills while providing positive activities with police officers.
July Honorees -- White Plains Firefighters
Before David Baylock's career began with the White Plains Fire Department, as a teen David worked in the Youth Bureau's Neighborhood Services Department as a youth worker helping to coordinate the Teen Center at the White Plains YMCA. The Teen Center was a focal point where teens enjoyed recreation, fun and dance. We salute David for achieving his career goal.
Growing up the Youth Bureau provided me and my peers a safe place to play and learn. I spent many evenings channeling my energy playing basketball and doing homework at your after school programs. These experiences and the hard work of the teachers taught teamwork, discipline and gave me an avenue to channel my energy in a productive manor. The Youth Bureau had a positive impact on my life and I am very grateful for all your help.
Lt. Steven Glover started volunteering for the Youth Bureau in the early 90’s. He started as a mentor to a homeless elementary school boy. After that young man moved away from White Plains, Steve became a mentor to a high school student. After mentoring that student for a period of time, he became a mentor to a second grader when he was 7 and he is now 25 years old. This young man lived with his mother and sister and was in need of a male role model. Steve stepped up to the plate and filled that role. Now his mentee is more like a son to him than a mentee. Once his third mentee graduated from high school, Steve took on yet another mentee. While he has been a mentor, he has also helped to connect his fellow fire fighters to the Youth Bureau’s Thanksgiving Food Drive and Christmas Toy Drive. As a result, some of his co-workers, along with the White Plains Fire Fighter’s Union and the Westchester Vulcan Society, contribute financially to the food drive and some fire fighters adopt families for Christmas and provide children with their Christmas wishes.
As a long time residence of White Plains NY, I've had the privilege to participate and become part of the many programs and organizations our city has to offer. Programs that gave me the tools, skills, and information needed to make better choices not only as a young man, but an ever growing adult.
The White Plains Youth Bureau always have been the foundation of resources, guidance and pillar of strength for me. I've learned at a very young age that all situations faced by children wasn't always going to be equal, but the opportunity to develop my potential was no different than any other young man or woman around me. I made it my business to seek the guidance I needed. Any information I didn't have access to at home, I received at the youth Bureau. I didn't have the parental structure of both parents at home, so what I lacked as a young man, I learned in the role models that came before me through the Youth Bureau.
In particular, Frank Williams, along with the support of his staff and peers always remained present in my life despite any changes or unfamiliar obstacles. In 2003 I became a White Plains Fire Fighter working with many profound individuals.
Still today, 2015 I call upon the same support staff I've had since a youth and the concern and care never changes. I've been lucky to have the Youth Bureau available to me, and smart enough to utilize it. White Plains Youth Bureau is much more then a program for helping youth. It has given life skills to families.Opportunities to single mothers or fathers and for the better part, it has given hope to families that may never be in a position to have this village needed to raise children. This hope sometimes is all we have.
Probationary Fire Fighter Hassan Washington became a Youth Bureau participant when he was in the sixth grade twenty years ago. He started out in a program called Youth United and Striving to Achieve. He would help the group raise money by redeeming aluminum cans. The money was then used to donate to other causes or for activities for the group. From there Hassan joined our Great Potential program and worked in a variety of Youth Employment work sites including our Entrepreneur Program, Greening Project, the Crowne Plaza, and Pace Law School. He also worked for us in our Bits ‘N Pieces summer camp while he was attending Queens College. He was a recipient of the Firefighter Warren Ogburn Scholarship when he graduated high school. He continues to be involved with the Youth Bureau and for over a year has served as a mentor to the young minority males in our Young MENtoring Group.
The Youth Bureau acknowledges the support of the White Plains Fire Department in general and Firemen Walter Melendez*, Lt. Tony Abate*+ and Lt. Kevin Heffernan*+ in particular for their support with our annual Holiday Toy Drive and Thanksgiving Food programs.
*No biographies available. +No pictures available.
June Honoree -- Troy Newbey
My name is Troy Newbey, and I’m a 1994 alumni of White Plains High School. My experience as a young man going through the White Plains School system was shaped and fostered by the White Plains Youth Bureau's many programs such as Neighborhood Services, Reach for Success and Project Forward. Without the support of Frank Williams and his dedicated staff, I really don’t know what my future may have looked like. I grew up in the inner city of White Plains, where my socioeconomic situation didn’t afford me as many opportunities as my peers. Understanding my situation and seeing my mother work hard to provide for me and my siblings, allowed me to gain a greater perspective on life. It allowed me to gravitate to the White Plains Youth Bureau and what they were offering, that being to gain success educationally, socially, financially and emotionally through my high school tenure.
After my graduation in 1994, I initially started my college tenure at New Paltz University. Frank Williams, that guiding light in my life, drove me to my summer program in New Paltz, before my first year as freshman. I earned my Bachelors of Science in 2000 at Mercy College with a focus on criminal justice and a minor in Psychology. During this time I was also able to obtain employment at Andrus Children Center in Yonkers, NY, in the residential cottages, as a Milieu Therapist, working with children between the ages of 6-15.
In 2004, I earned my Master’s Degree in Childhood Education/Students with Disabilities. I was placed in a teaching assistant position at The Behavioral Center at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. November 2006, I was afforded the opportunity to interview for a teaching position as a first grade teacher at Parker Elementary School, in Mt Vernon, NY. I was the candidate selected for the position, and that started my career in the public sector. June 2008, I earned my Master’s in school Building Leadership, as I was motivated by my success in taking on some administrative duties as a teacher at Parker Elementary School. For the 2012-2013 school year I was selected for an administrative position, Dean of Students, at Thornton High School in Mt. Vernon, NY. My hard work as a Dean paid off and I was promoted to an assistant principal position a year and a half later, split between Holmes and Williams Elementary School.
To date I continue to provide leadership for teachers at Graham School in building pedagogy and fostering academic and social excellence with the students I serve. I am passionate and dedicated to my profession. My long term goal is to become a principal, while holding a doctorate’s degree.
May Honoree -- Ella Guarin
Ella Guarin is a school counselor at White Plains Middle School - Highlands Campus. She was born in Cali, Colombia and traveled to the United States at the age of 8 to be reunited with her parents. She was raised in White Plains, and had the privilege of going through the White Plains School District from third grade until her 12th grade graduation. Ella continued her education and received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Manhattanville College and a Master’s degree from The College of New Rochelle in school counseling.
Ella shared that being part of the White Plains community has given her another opportunity in life. As a high school student, The White Plains Youth Bureau, served as a safe place for her. With their guidance and dedication, Ella was able to learn that working with students was what she wanted to do. Since the year 1998, she has been giving back to the community that witnessed her growth. She has worked with our parents and students at the White Plains Youth Bureau, Westchester Hispanic Coalition, El Centro Hispano, the Coachmen, White Plains High School, and Eastview Middle School. She has also collaborated with local colleges, such as PACE University, Manhattanville College, Westchester Community College, The College of Westchester and Berkeley College to inspire and encourage our students to continue their education. Now that she is a counselor at the Highlands, she will continue to serve our students and help them achieve success in school.
Ella would like to thank Ray, Byron, Catherine, Sheila, Mr. Williams and Mrs. Clay for inspiring her and encouraging her. She received invaluable support and she now wants to pay if forward.
April Honoree -- Abdul Tubman
Abdul Tubman was born in Monrovia, Liberia. He is the great grandson of President William Tubman the 19th president of Liberia who held the position from 1944 until 1971. Abdul is also the 4th great nephew of Harriet Tubman the slave turned abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War.
Abdul moved to the United States when he was 4 years old and grew up in White Plains, NY. He went through the White Plains public school system until graduating from White Plains High School where he was captain of the cross country and both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams. Abdul participated in the Youth Bureau’s Youth Employment programs and credits the YES program for helping him develop an interest in business.
After graduating high school, He went on to obtain a business degree in innovation and entrepreneurship as well as minor in project management at Clarkson University. He is currently employed by Arenson Office Furnishings as a Project Administrator. Abdul is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and hopes to work with third world countries in the future to improve climate, water and conservation.
March Honoree --Maurice Dobson
Maurice Dobson, a product of the White Plains public school system, graduated from White Plains High School in 1991. During his high school years, he became involved with the White Plains Youth Bureau ultimately serving on the White Plains Youth Council as President and on the Mayor's Youth Board.
Following high school, Maurice attended college at Harvard University where he concentrated his studies in Government. The Youth Bureau played an early role in supporting Maurice's interest in pursuing a legal career by providing him with his first legal internship, during the summer after his freshman year, in the White Plains Law Department via the Youth Bureau's Youth Employment Service. After graduating from Harvard in 1995, Maurice attended the University of Texas School of Law and graduated in 1998.
In 1998, Maurice returned to his New York roots and has practiced law in New York City for his entire legal career. He worked for the City of New York's Department of Parks & Recreation from September 1998 to March of 2004, serving as an Assistant Counsel and then as Deputy Counsel for Capital Projects. From March 2004 to present, he has worked for the City of New York's Department of Housing Preservation and Development, serving first as an Associate General Counsel and, since July 2005, as a Deputy General Counsel.
The Youth Bureau was among the first places where Maurice learned to cultivate the values of leadership and commitment to community, values that have been a fundamental part of his career and life. He is thankful for the dedicated staff of the Youth Bureau who played a significant role in nurturing him at a very pivotal time in his life. Maurice and his wife, Sheryl, reside in Staten Island, New York.
February Honoree -- Kimberly Mandragona Arco
Kim was born in White Plains and attended Valhalla School District. In 1991 (at the age of 15) I received my first job through the White Plains Youth Bureau working as a junior counselor at the After School Program. It was during this time that I realized I had a love for working with children.
I attended Mercy College studying education and in 1999 got a job in the Valhalla School District where I still currently work as a Teacher Assistant. In 2000, the Youth Bureau promoted me to Site Director of the Post Road After a School Program. This job became my passion for many years putting my heart and soul into this position and along the way developed so many wonderful relationships with children, parents and staff. It has been the most rewarding experience of my life. For the last 15 years, I have also worked in various positions at the Bits 'N Pieces Summer Camp where I currently teach Technology and make a documentary of the children's experience there every summer. Throughout the 23 years of employment with the Youth Bureau I'm proud to say I've worked so hard to be a positive role model for children.
As I look back at my time at there, I am so thankful for the many special relationships I have formed. I have such a special place in my heart for all the people there who have given me so many great opportunities, mentored and guided me into adulthood. For that I am forever grateful and I am proud to be part of the Youth Bureau family.
January Honoree -- Judith Watson, RN, BSN, MPH
Judith Watson was born in Jamaica, West Indies on May 18, 1968. She migrated to White Plains, NY in 1975 where she joined her parents and many other relatives.
She was appointed as Executive Director in 2002, and is presently in her 19th year of employment at GHC which is a satellite site of the MTVNHC, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center that provides quality comprehensive preventative primary health care services to over 31,000 patients with over 96,000 annual patient visits.
Judith takes great pride and comfort in working for an organization which provides quality health care services daily to many of whom would otherwise go without. She thoroughly enjoys the gratification that she experiences daily.
Judith credits the White Plains Youth Bureau for the strong foundation which she established during her formative years. Education, Financial Management, Socialization, Travel, and dealing with the many monumental issues which arise during adolescence were all seamlessly and strategically weaved into the various programs and activities offered. Equally important was participation in the youth employment program which set the direction for life and provided her with the necessary tools, all of which have served her well along the way. -