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Family Safety Fair

May 31st, 2013 | in Our Blog | No Comments

Greetings Mentors, Mentees, Parents/Guardians, and Guests!
The New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Plant Power Vista is hosting a


Niagara Power Vista
5777 Lewiston Road (Route 104), Lewiston, NY 14092
Saturday, June 8th, 2013
from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

What can you look forward to?
Creating and practicing a fire escape plan
FREE Child ID cards
Experience the dangers of texting behind the wheel in a simulated experience
Learn about bike safety, car seats, K-9s, and more

Free event, free parking, and free trolley service between the Power Vista and Niagara Gorge Discovery Center.

Stay Healthy!

March 22nd, 2013 | in Our Blog | No Comments

Spring Is Here!

Although we have now officially welcomed Spring, cold and flu season isn’t quite over yet.  It is very important to keep yourself and your children healthy and to avoid infection.  Here are some helpful tips to remember:

1. Talk to the doctor.  Professional advice can help if you believe you or your children are at risk for contracting the flu.

2. Wash hands frequently.  Make sure your children keep their hands away from sensitive areas such as the mouth, nose, and eyes.

3. Eat a healthy diet.  Foods rich in vitamins and minerals can boost the immune response and help fight off illness.

4. Get a good night’s sleep.  Lack of sleep can inhibit the immune system.  Children need about 9 hours of sleep a night.

5. Keep the body hydrated.  Dehydration can often accompany illness.  Water is best.

6. Exercise regularly.  Exercise reduces stress and helps build the immune system.  Exercise should be aerobic, and year-round!

7. Seek help if your child is sick.  If symptoms get worse after a couple days of illness, be sure to seek medical care, as the flu may leave the body vulnerable to other illnesses.

Spring It On – Friday March 1st, 2013

February 28th, 2013 | in Our Blog | No Comments

Spring It On!

—– FRIDAY, MARCH 1st —–

Spring It On is a 24-hour, community-wide fundraising event that will run from 12:00 am until 11:59 pm.  Help nonprofits in our community by donating at any time on March 1st!

It’s all so easy – just visit on March 1, click DONATE NOW, enter some information, and spring something great on the nonprofits that make Niagara County a great place to be!

Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County does not charge dues or fees for services.  We depend on community support to help us serve in-risk children and youth.

A deterrence program, Youth Mentoring Services works to prevent youth from demonstrating delinquent behaviors and academic truancy.  In 2012, 100% of “Mentees” maintained school enrollment.

To quote Mentor Brother Dan, speaking about his Mentee Brother Nick, “It feels good to help him out and to be a good male role model in his life.”

Mentor Sister Shannon speaks about her Mentee Sister and says, “Leslie has grown into a mature, smart, beautiful and wonderful woman.  She has a great head on her shoulders and is very strong.  I look up to Leslie and who she has become, especially what she has been through.  I am so proud of her.  I look forward to a lifetime of friendship with her.”

It will only take a Mentee bit of your time to make a huge difference. Giving online is fast, simple, and secure.  Thank you for helping make Spring It On a success for Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County and our entire community!

Please support Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County through an online donation during this 24 hour period.  The Web address for our page is:

 —– SEE YOU MARCH 1st! —–

January is National Mentoring Month

January 15th, 2013 | in Our Blog | No Comments

Happy New Year!


President Obama has officially proclaimed National Mentoring Month for January!  National Mentoring Month is a national campaign to recruit volunteer mentors held each January to highlight the crucial role played by mentors in helping young people achieve their potential.  The campaign’s goals are to mobilize larger numbers of community volunteers to serve as mentors to young people and to promote awareness of the power of mentoring to enhance a young person’s prospects for leading a healthy and productive life.  We would like to celebrate all of our Mentors for their volunteer work, dedication, and compassion, and all of our donors and supporters for their contributions and for allowing us to continue to offer our programming to the youth in our community.  Thank you!



If you would like to offer a contribution or find out what you can do to ensure that our mentoring services and programs continue to be offered to our children, please click here.

Lockport Holiday Events

November 8th, 2012 | in Our Blog | No Comments

Beginning November 16th, the Winter Wonderland Project is coming to Market Street!  The Holiday Fair will be every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm, and Sundays from 4pm to 9pm, and also on Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving Day, and all of Christmas week.

Christmas on the Canal, Saturday November 24th and Sunday November 25th  is a free event featuring an authors and book fair at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church Street, from 11am to 3pm, a lighted parade beginning at Ida Fritz Park at 6pm, live holiday music and Christmas carols at the Palace Theatre from 7pm to 8pm, and a free showing of The Polar Express Christmas movie at the Palace Theatre at 8pm.  On Sunday there will even be an appearance by Santa Claus at the Day Road Park cottage at noon!


Light Up Lockport on Saturday, December 1st;
More info: Niagara Art Trail

Coats for Kids- Niagara Falls

November 8th, 2012 | in Our Blog | No Comments

Capitol Cleaners in Niagara Falls (1227 Main Street) will be giving away coats on Saturday, November 24th from 10am to 2pm to those in need.  Proper ID is required and parents must bring Benefit card and photo ID, and children must have Medicaid card, Birth Certificate, Social Security card, and Benefit card.  They will be giving away one coat per person.

Community Care Campaign

November 8th, 2012 | in Our Blog | No Comments

Thank you to all those who participate in the United Way of Greater Niagara Community Care Campaign.  Through the Community Care Campaign, United Way of Greater Niagara is able to provide and support more than 75 programs that represent hope to those who depend on them.  This year’s goal is $1.3 million and the money raised here stays here to help those from every neighborhood and walk of life.  Your support is very much appreciated!

Enjoy Nature This Fall

October 15th, 2012 | in Our Blog | No Comments

Exploring nature’s beauty is a great way to experience this colorful season and enjoy the outdoors before cold weather sets in. A walk in the woods, fields, or the park can give your Mentee a chance to witness the changing landscape up close.
You don’t need anything special for an afternoon outing–just jackets and snacks, or maybe some hot apple cider. Your Mentee might enjoy bringing along a notebook and crayons for recording observations and making leaf rubbings, and small paper bags for storing treasures found along the path. Once home, Mentees can use the special materials they collected for fun autumn crafts.

How to make Leaf Rubbings:
1. Collect fall leaves of all shapes and sizes as you explore nature.
2. On a piece of plain white paper, position leaves vein side up in any pattern you choose.
3. Lay another sheet of plain white paper over the top of the leaves.
4. Select the crayons that you would like to use to create your rubbing and peel off the paper wrappers.
5. Turn a crayon on its side and gently rub over the top sheet of paper.
6. The leaf images will magically appear on the paper! Experiment with different crayon colors and leaves.

Welcome New Caseworker

September 28th, 2012 | in Our Blog | No Comments

Hi! My name is Heather Cahill.  I have recently been hired as the new caseworker for Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County.  I will be responsible for cultivating new matches between Mentors and Mentees and providing professional supervision for existing one-to-one Mentor/Mentee Relationships.  I will also be responsible for match maintenance, assistance with Fund Development, and implementation of Agency policies and procedures.  As a short introductory, I grew up in Buffalo.  I am a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo.  I have my bachelors in Anthropology and Psychology.  I am very enthusiastic about the impact of this Program and I will work very hard to help each of our clients and volunteers to the best of my abilities. I look forward to meeting all of you soon!

Bison’s Tickets

June 29th, 2012 | in Events, Our Blog | No Comments

Looking for the perfect way to enjoy a summer evening with your Mentee?  Attend a Buffalo Bisons Baseball Game!  These events are always tons of fun.  YMS has received tickets from the Bisons Community Care Program for the following games:  Saturday June 30th, 7:05pm; Saturday July 21st, 7:05pm; and Saturday August 25th, 6:05pm.  All games are at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo.  If you’re interested in attending, please contact the office at 434-1855 by the Monday before the game so we can mail the tickets.  There are only 2  tickets per game!  We hope you’ll take us up on this fun offer!