50+ Faces – 50 Stories from our 50th Anniversary celebrants

Robert Tuck

Robert TuckI first became involved with the White Plains Youth Bureau when it was located on the corner of Lexington Avenue and Hamilton Avenue. I participated in a variety of neighborhood youth programs. I was involved with various job readiness programs; the Youth Bureau was a place where I always felt safe and I could always get information that would help me make good decisions. To date, I credit them with helping me create a solid foundation for my organizational skills, my work ethic, my educational accomplishments and my community values. The Youth Bureau instilled a sense of caring for needs and concerns of young people; in addition to the desire to help whenever and wherever possible.

My experiences with the Youth Bureau, working with staff and students in their afterschool programs created a desire in me to grow educationally. Education for me was an opportunity to improve myself and help others on a larger scale. I graduated from White Plains High School, Fordham University in the Bronx, Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, TX and 20 years later I graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY with a Masters Degree in General Education Grades 1-6 and a Masters Degree in Students With Disabilities Grades 1-6.

I am truly grateful to have grown from my youth bureau experiences and have learned from its great staff over the years. Presently I work as a teaching assistant in the White Plains City School District.

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