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Institute for Health and Wellness


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The Institute for Health and Wellness provides prevention services aimed at reducing and eliminating the risk factors that place at risk for illicit substance use and other risky behaviors. The programs are funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Westchester County Invest In Kids Funding, and other local and private grants.

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Enjoy the following video. It'a about from our 2018 ComicFest event.




memories of ComicCon 2017The White Plains Cares Coalition is a group of concerned citizens and wellness professionals who are actively involved in assessing the needs of its youth. The goal is to safeguard youth from various risk factors and 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.

The Coalitions host several community events during the calendar year and partners with stakeholders to provide education about issues and risk factors that affect overall health & wellness in the community. Among the initiatives spearheaded by the White Plains Cares Coalition are:

  1. Community Youth Court
  2. White Plains READS!
  3. Red Ribbon Week
  4. Safe Prescription Drug Disposal Initiative
  5. TheCon@WhitePlains    
  6. Anti-Bullying Community Education Initiative

For more information about the white Plains Cares Coalition please visit:

For more information about becoming a member of the Coalition, please call Helena Marescot 914-422-1379 or email us at

Community Coalitions:

Logos for Coalition for Living Wellness and WP Cares


Red Ribbon announcement opening

The Coalition for Living Wellness (CFLW) was formed to respond to the health and wellness needs of the White Plains community. The Coalition works to promote optimal health through a balance of the 8 dimensions of wellness – physical, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, financial, intellectual, and occupational wellness. Wellness Week is the first initiative launched under the auspices of this Coalition.

Wellness Week is a national initiative that takes place the 3rd week of September each year. The week in White Plains kicks off with the Wellness Family Festival that draws participation from a diverse audience across White Plains and Westchester County. Approximately 1200 people from a diverse background participate each year in this outdoor inter-active festival. The demographic breakup was approximately 25% Caucasian, 30% Hispanic, 20% African American, and 25% Asian. This initiative has successfully engaged more than 80 organizations to partner with the Coalition to implement this strategy aimed enhancing access to health & wellness services.

Living Wellness brochure coverDuring the week, the Coalition encourages and supports area organizations in their efforts to promote the 8 dimensions of wellness. The Coalition also publishes the ONLY BI-LINGUAL Health & Wellness magazine – LIVING WELLNESS – that is distributed free via hard copies and digital edition to people across the tri-state area.

>> Click on the link to view the electronic version of  2016 Living Wellness Magazine Flipbook

The Coalition for Living Wellness continues to reach out to new organizations each year to sustain the Wellness Week initiative. Some sponsors and partners have been: White Plains Hospital, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), NY State OASAS, Westchester County Dept. of Community Mental Health, Fidelis Care NY, Forme Urgent Care, White Plains Urgent Care, New York Presbyterian Hospital (Westchester), Fordham University, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, and many other organizations (See the Wellness Festival Sponsorship Guide for a full listing).

Besides being a great way to promote health & wellness, 100% of the proceeds raised from the festival and magazine ads are used to support the positive youth development programming at the Youth Bureau like the White Plains Community Youth Court.

For more information about the White Plains Wellness Week please visit the Wellness Week website at:


Free counseling is provided by licensed clinical social workers 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, 5pm - 8 pm

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


The Project Hope Learning Center provides after school programming for elementary youth residing in the Ferris Avenue corridor of White Plains. Prevention activities include prevention education, life skills development, cultural and arts enrichment, and health initiatives.
Fee: Free
Hours: Monday - Friday, 3pm - 6 pm

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


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 - 6 pm



The Healthy & Fit for Life program is a free program offered by the White Plains Youth Bureau aimed at helping youth incorporate health & wellness into their daily regimen. This strategy is a natural deterrent to negative and unhealthy behaviors.
The program offers Boxing, Martial Arts (Karate), and Personal Training, supported by Nutrition Education and Counseling as a comprehensive approach to total health.
Age group: 6 - 21 years of age
Requirements: Applications accepted on Monday – Saturday 10am – 8:00pm
Fee: Free
Hours: School year: Monday - Thursday, 4 - 8 pm, Fridays 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Saturdays 12 pm - 2 pm  

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


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

News on our events:

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

June 27, 2018 White Plains Community Youth Court orientation


June 27, 2018 Youth Court orientation

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