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July 10, 2019 - The Westchester County Youth Bureau will host the second annual Invest In Kids Fest (Invest Fest) in collaboration with 22 youth serving agencies and PepsiCo on July 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale. This year’s theme, “Invest in You” compliments the recreational and fun-filled learning activities that will be offered to promote social, emotional, physical and educational well-being.

Invest Fest features 20 different “Invest Stations.” The stations offer a variety of interactive experiences to keep youth motivated and moving, ranging from Yoga, sack racing and hoola hooping to educational jeopardy, financial literacy and relationship building trivia. There will be live performances by Young at Arts Performing Arts School, and DJ I-slam.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “We just celebrated the 25th year of Invest in Kids programming. During my tenure as a County Legislator, we made sure to set aside funding to serve our children, youth and families through the Invest in Kids legislation. Now, as your County Executive, I am very pleased with the collective impact this program has had on our youth, and we will continue to celebrate the successes of the Invest in Kids movement.”

Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden, the Executive Director of the Westchester County Youth Bureau and the creator of the IIK Fest said: “This year’s theme, ‘Invest in You’ coincides with the positive youth development philosophy of creating safe, nurturing environments that encourage belongingness. Too often, geography and resources limit youths’ ability to network and learn from each other. With 22+ agencies volunteering their resources, youth will have the opportunity to network and experience camaraderie with their peers, while gaining exposure to existing youth services and natural supports in the County.”

Participating partnering agencies for 2019 Invest In Kids Fest include: 

  • The Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester

  • The Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle

  • White Plains Youth Bureau

  • STEER for Student Athletes

  • The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau

  • Junior Achievement

  • The Peekskill Youth Bureau

  • My Sister’s Place

  • Family Services of Westchester

  • Family Service Society of Yonkers

  • The Guidance Center of Westchester

  • The Hudson River Museum

  • New Rochelle Youth Bureau

  • Thomas H. Slater Center

  • Westchester Jewish Community Services

  • The YMCA of Yonkers

  • The YWCA of Yonkers

  • The YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester

  • Sister to Sister International

  • Student Advocacy

  • Westchester Children’s Association

  • The Harris Project

Agencies must have registered with the Youth Bureau in order to participate.  Please contact the Westchester County Youth Bureau at (914) 995-2745 for more information.