Keeping Communities Safe

Our mission: To keep our youth and families out of harm’s way and in turn, transform them into model citizens who display strong qualities of societal participation and leadership.

Our vision: Our youth/adults will be prepared to face the challenges that life has to offer.

Keeping Communities Safe is a Youth Mentoring Program/ Community Advocacy Agency all in one location designed to provide services and programs to our community and to those in the Westchester County area. We are not only here to support our youth, but our young adults as well who are at high risk or even have some involvement in the juvenile or criminal justice system and who need assistance in getting back on track toward healthy adulthood.

We want our youth/young adults to ultimately take responsibility for their actions. By teaching them the importance of work, we hope to instill a sense of power and a belief that they too can achieve whatever it is they desire, and to get on that path of independence!

Davida Gilchrest (Founder of KCS)

Davida Gilchrest      (Founder)

After a few weeks of attending the KCS program,  you will begin to feel, see, and experience positive changes in your life!

The teens that have attended The KCS Program have acquired respect for authority, learned to resist peer pressure, and became capable of confidently resolving everyday challenges. In our program, our youth learn to maintain high self-esteem while overcoming insecurities. And they internalize greater personal values, morals, and self-respect. They also gain the necessary skills to land the job or career they have always wanted to land!

The goal of the KCS Youth Mentoring Program is to make sure that our members move on successfully to the next stage of their lives!

“Words From Founder”

“I started KCS in 2007 because I wanted to make a difference in my community.  I had a passion to help our teens and families. I wanted to finally answer what I believe is my calling!   I didn’t always make the right decisions as a teenager so my dream was to give teens a safe place to go!   A place where they can take off their “jackets” vent, be motivated, and just be themselves.  Also; being a domestic violence survivor, I  wanted to help survivors, women, and those with low self-esteem build self-esteem and get on that path of independence. Growing up, I was a good student having that go-getter mentality, I just made bad choices.

I know what it is to be a product of your environment, but I also know what it is to persevere! I am not afraid of where I’ve come from because I know where I am going!

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