This past summer, Greenburgh Police Department’s Summer Youth Program helped pack 360 bags of nutritious food for Feeding Westchester’s child-feeding programs.
Led by Officer David Zenon, each and every camper dedicated three weeks in order to help out our neighbors in need. Together they’ve provided healthy and delicious meals for so many local children.
“It makes us feel great to give back to people less fortunate than us,” one of the campers said.
Watch the video below to see the program in action. This video’s voice over is by Bishop Wilbert Preston, of Christ Temple Greater International Church. He allowed the youth program to use his church as the packing location.
As the program’s lead counselor, Officer Zenon directs 30 kids through a variant of a police academy, providing them with real life experience and a sense of service to their community.
“Serving others is important because, as I tell the kids every day, the more they get to serve others, the more they get to learn about themselves,” says Officer Zenon. “They really don’t get to know what their true capacities are as individuals unless they’re giving it in service to other people.”
Adolescents in the Summer Youth Program are provided a chance to do community service, an understanding of the law and how police work, and experience working alongside real police officers in the public.
“It gives us the ability to connect with our community, and connect with our kids,” says Officer Zenon. “Our kids get to see a different side of policing. We are very proud to be able to do it.”