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

Mary Nelson started organizing the Back-to-School Barbeque 15 years ago as part of an effort to reduce violence in her neighborhood. Besides the school supplies, she treated children and their families to a barbeque which consisted of all condiments you would have for a barbeque. Mary stated that she woke up one morning and decided that she wanted to do something about the violence affecting children in the community. 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 2015, over 21,000 youths and their families attended our Annual Youth Day BBQ. The Youth Day BBQ attendance by our youths and their families is expected to increase in record numbers this year. We will be able to give away school supplies, backpacks and clothing to all youths who attend from grade levels Pre-K to College.

As you know, our youths look to us as role models I feel this support should start from the home. You may think they are not paying attention, but they do model our behavior. Therefore, my goal is to help our youth understand the importance of a good education.
How you can help:

Donate new or gently used backpacks,school supplies and books for children pre-K through college. Volunteer to help at the Back-to-School Barbeque.
Upcoming Events:

Event will be held on August 20th, 2016 from 11 am - 6 pm, with a parade for youths beginning at 11 am. Volunteers are needed as well as any school supplies and/or food donations.


Mary Nelson's Youth Day Foundation is a registered charity with the New York State Attorney General Office
Registration number 41-50-43
Donations are tax-deductible

Contact Info:
Mary Nelson Youth Center 2849 S Salina St. Syracuse New York 13205
Phone: 315-422-2761