Back to School Initiaves


YCAP facilitates an annual Back to School Initiative. This program focuses on providing low-income children entering preschool through 6th grade, ages 4-11 with vouchers to purchase new clothing for the start of the school year.

Oak Street Community Garden

In an effort to promote food security, healthy eating, volunteerism, and civic engagement, YCAP works collaboratively with Greyston to provide a community garden. The Oak Street Garden was transformed from a vacant lot to an aesthetically enhanced garden, where fresh produce is grown. To date, there are 27 beds and 135 volunteers who maintain the garden.

Senior Center


YCAP’s Senior Center is designed to facilitate the social, emotional and physical well-being of independent seniors by providing access to community resources and activities that promote independence and wellness. The Senior Center is offered twice a week and provides breakfast items as well as a full lunch. YCAP partners with the YMCA of Yonkers to deliver the evidence-based program Enhance Fitness, which uses simple, easy to teach movements to motivate senior populations to be active throughout their lives.  

Workforce Development & Training



In collaboration with WestCOP, Yonkers Community Action Program, Inc. (YCAP) provides a Culinary Arts program for low-income adolescents and young adults residing in Yonkers. The Culinary Arts program is taught by a YCAP staff member who is a licensed chef and certified in ServSafe. This program incorporates ServSafe training to prepare clients for food handling positions within fast food and restaurant establishments. Each client graduates from the 6-week course as certified food handlers. The purpose of the certification course is to ensure that potential food service workers have an understanding of basic food safety principles.  





YCAP collaborates with a premier tutoring service, ABC Tutoring which provides academic enrichment services to prevent the “summer slide”. This program is designed to increase knowledge retention during the summer months. Participants are tutored in Math, English, and Science. ABC Tutoring, along with YCAP gathers applicable information about students and their learning styles to strategize the best approach for a successful learning experience.

Summer Leadership Training Project


YCAP continually adjusts its programming to meet identified community needs. Yonkers’ residents and community leaders indicated that youth development programs focusing on increasing emotional intelligence were top priorities because of the need for “soft” skills in the workplace. In 2017, YCAP piloted the Summer Leadership Training Project, modeling after the original researched-based program which began in Greenburgh, NY in 1969 by Dr. Robert F. Petrillo. Continue reading “Summer Leadership Training Project”

Evidence-Based Programming

YCAP delivers evidence-based programs (EBPS) to middle school and high school students throughout the City of Yonkers. Prevention research has produced substantial evidence that EBPS can change youth and families’ risk factors, lowering levels of youth problem behaviors. Currently, YCAP delivers the evidence-based program, Too Good for Violence which is designed to help students learn necessary skills to prevent violence. Delivered with fidelity, the TGFV program consists of 10 (45) minute lessons which can be delivered once or twice a week.

Emergency Food Pantry


YCAP is committed to aiding the community of Yonkers in food insecurity. This commitment extends beyond our traditional food pantry services. If a client is in need of food, YCAP will supply them with an emergency food bag from our pantry. An emergency food package consists of at least 7 days of nutritious food for an individual/family. We provide clients with an assortment of protein, carbohydrates, fresh or canned fruit, low-sodium canned or frozen vegetables, and beverages.

Pantry Site Specific Delivery

YCAP partners with City of Yonkers Municipal Housing to address the need of a food delivery service to low-income Yonkers residents, living in a specific senior housing. Similar to the Home Delivery service, clients are provided with food boxes on the last Wednesday of every month. These boxes are composed of 21 full meals (3 complete meals a day). Groceries provided are sensitive to restricted diets and includes healthy options such as low sugar and low sodium items, fresh produce, lean proteins and dry goods. The delivery is made to the onsite community room as opposed to door to door.

Pantry Home Delivery

This service is designed to aid low-income homebound seniors and physically disabled persons by delivering a food box, typically the last Thursday of each month. Clients are provided with groceries to compose at least 21 full meals (3 complete meals a day). Groceries provided are sensitive to restricted diets and includes healthy options such as low sugar and low sodium items, fresh produce, lean proteins and dry goods. The food boxes are prepped the day prior to delivery and is delivered by YCAP staff or volunteers.

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