Mary Nelson's Youth Center

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Mary Nelson's Youth Day Foundation
2849 S Salina Street
Syracuse New York 13205

Phone: 315-422-2761

NAME: Mary A Nelson
ADDRESS: 2849 S Salina Street
Syracuse NY 13205
BORN: May 25, 1960
in Belle Glade, FL
MOTHER: Martha Brown
BORN: April 16, 1934
in Sanford, FL
FATHER: Mr. James Brown (deceased)
BORN: July 28, 1931
in Claxton, GA
SCHOOLING: Elementary/Middle School:
Webster Elementary
Junior High School:
Eastwood Junior High School
High School:
Corcoran High School
Member of Future Business Leaders Of America and Track Team
College Degree:
Associate Degree in Business Administration
HUSBAND: Robert Nelson
Married July 3, 1993
CHILDREN: Bolerianteria
Larry Jr.Michael
Kilara Moore
Eugene Gilbert

Jihad Moore
Ava and Lea Moore
Lanise Sullivan

LeiLani Escho

Cameron Williams

NIECES AND NEPHEWS Darina Brown (niece) James Rivera (nephew) James Brown (nephew) Jamesha Brown (niece) Jamea Brown (niece) Natasha Brison(niece) Bonyetta Kitts-Brison (niece)
BROTHERS AND SISTER James Brown Jr (brother) James Brison (brother) Sabrina Brown (sister)
EMPLOYMENT: State of New York
(Upstate Medical University)


Interdenominiational Ministerial Alliance of Syracuse Presents Rev. William A Mack Memorial Drum Major Award for Beloved Community

Charles Dozier Community Service Award

Eric Simmons "" Outstanding Citizens Award

NAAPID Community Support Award

Alliance Network  Clarence ** Junie ** Dunham Award

Post Standard Achievement Award.

YWCA Academy of Diversity Achievers Award

National Council of Negro Women Award

New York State Senate Women of Distinction

The Harriet Tubman Humanitarian Award

100 Black Men/ Community Service Award

Syracuse City School District/Educational Foundation Award

Peace Award

Brady Faith Center Award/Roman Catholic Diocese



My father, James H. Brown, Sr., was a migrant worker from Florida who, from 1965 to 1968, would bring my family to Auburn, NY to work. Our family would reside at a little camp outside of Auburn called King Ferry. There, my family would pack corn, pick strawberries, and pick green beans. In 1968, my father moved our family to Syracuse, NY. As a little girl, my father and mother taught me how to make a dollar. I come from a very close, strong family background. My siblings and I were shown a lot of love and had very supportive parents. My parents taught me values and responsibility at a very young age, and as I grew up, these values were instilled in me. I was able to raise my own children with the same values that my parents taught me. I thank my parents for making me the person I am today


I never thought our youth violence would hit so close to home, but I lost my nephew Darryl Patterson, to gun violence. I just wanted to do something to show our youth that we all care, and also let them know that education comes first. I noticed many of our youth did not have the proper supplies to go to school, so I decided that with our help, this is one thing the youth of our community would not have to worry about.


I created something that really means a lot to me. I want to let the youth of our community know we are committed to them and their peaceful education. In 2002, the first year the event was held we had in attendance 850 youths and their parents, Each and every year thereafter the event has grown in record numbers. In 2007, we had over 6000 youth and their families attend. At the BBQ, we give the youth school supplies which consists of backpacks, free computers, and toiletries. This event is well attended by are local and city politicians, and well as families far and wide. Giving the youth the supplies they need for school shows them our support, encouragement, and commitment to their success. My personal goal and objective is that all youth all over the world would have the same love and support, and that their city would host an event to show them that their EDUCATION is the alternative to violence.


To continue with my service work with our youth, and eventually make the Annual School Supply Give Away a calendar event for our YOUTH far and beyond.  My primary focus is to provide resources and services to our youth and their families.

I would like to extend an open invitation for others to start a program for their youth. If you are in need of advice in any way, I am willing to offer my help. You may contact me via email and/or by phone.

2016  "" FIGHT THE WAR ON POVERTY ""  Initiative to Parther with Other Agencies to Educate POVERTY IS POVERTY when you are not EDUCATED TO RESOURCES THAT IS THEIR FOR YOU TO SURVIVE. 

My Strengths are my Salvation and my Salvations gives me Strength

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can't control... Life's too short to be anything but HAPPY !!! "


Mayor Stephanie Miner
Syracuse, New York
Transition Team (EDUCATION)

Live Regis & Kelly
May 9th, 2008 
** Moms Dream Come True *

25th Congressional District Delegate for President Barack Obama

Oprahs Angel Network has Published the Youthday Barbeque Story

UCEA Conference
Keynote Closing Speaker

Rise Up! Youth Radio Talk Show

Opening of The Mary Nelson's Youth Center
Focusing on Educational/Health/

Leadership Class 2014

SUNY Upstate Mentor

Ms Oprah Winfrey visits The Mary Nelson's Youth Center September 29, 2014

Class of 2016 Upstate Medical University Leadership Academy