National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is coming to a close as we wind down celebrating the culture and contributions of Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a monthlong celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15. It was an opportunity for sharing and discussing history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present.

Babylon Village Youth Project

How awesome is this no-sew blanket. Made by youth participating in the Babylon Village Youth Project, they donated both pink and blue blankets recently to Hope For Youth. The blankets will be given to one of our residential programs. Thank you Babylon Village Youth Project!!

Kiwanis Club Support

Our community partner, Amityville Kiwanis Club, recently made a donation to Hope For Youth. Their continued support is greatly appreciated! Featured below is Dr. David Hegarty, HFY’s CEO, and Richard Licari, Treasurer of Amityville Kiwanis. Thank you Amityville Kiwanis!

The Holidays Will Be Here Soon

If interested in playing a role in our Hope For The Holidays drive, please contact or call 631-782-6574. Many opportunities are available for those wishing to bring cheer and good will to youth in our care. We’d love to have a conversation with you and see how you can help us make this holiday season even merrier, for our kids. Contact us now!

2021 Run For Hope is a Wrap

October 2nd arrived and it was a beautiful, sunny day. The Run was a success; A good turnout of runners/walkers with the weather cooperating and a team of volunteers working to ensure the event went smoothly. Thank you to Elite Feats, the timing company that worked the event and to donor Cynthia Chung for her large donation of balloons.

Shown below is our Executive Director, Dr. David Hegarty and Cornell Cooperative Extension – Suffolk County’s Excutive Director, Vanessa Lockel. Cornell Cooperative Extension is a valued community partner of Hope For Youth’s and we appreciacte their support of our 5K. A fun day was had by all!

Learn about foster care!

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Become A Foster Parent

Hundreds of youth across Long Island are in need of love and care. Be the one to make a difference in their lives! Become a foster parent. If you would like to learn more about fostering, please contact Tina at or call 631-813-9572

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A Donation of LOVE via Essentials for Youth!

Thank you to Maryann, Francine and their extended network for 100 backpacks and 100 duffle bags for youth in the HFY programs. Our youth are able to start the new school year with wonderful items that will inspire their education efforts!

Triage and Drop-In Center Donation

With pleasure, we share the news that we recently received a $12,500 donation from the Gladys & Mildred Tomiak Foundation. As you might know, Hope For Youth operates the only Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter of its kind in Suffolk County, NY. This program serves runaway youth and hiomeless youth, at risk of exploitation and violence, and often having experienced child abuse and neglect.

These funds are the initial donation that will support construction of a Triage and Drop-In Center at he Shelter. This will provide a aspace whre homeless youth may have a shower, get a meal, do laundry and receive crisis counseling but not necesarily be admitted to the formal shelter program. Often youth are not reayf to accept the structire that atteds adnission to emergency housing butcan be engaged in short-term outreach.

This support will be used to begin the work on our much anticipated Drop-In Center and we are so grateful. Thank you!!

Volunteers Needed

Hope For Youth’s Development Department is seeking volunteers to assist the department, here at our admin offices located in Amityville. Variety of tasks and projects to choose from. Please contact or call 631-782-6574 if interested, for more detail. Thank you!