Mary Nelson’s Youth Center is a leading force in the greater Syracuse area – inspiring youth to embrace their true identity while unleashing their inner potential. Our programs help our youth shape their own values, while providing them with all the tools, resources and support they need in order to evolve into confident leaders tomorrow. We welcome you to learn more about how we make a difference in children’s lives.
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For many years, our signature event has connected people from the community and we invite you to join us as a volunteer or attend the next one on
August 20, 2022, 11 am til 6 pm!
Mary Nelson organized the first Back-to-School Barbeque 19 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 full-scale outdoor barbeque. Mary wanted to do something about the violence affecting children in the community. In 2002, the first year the event was held, there were 850 youths and their parents in attendance. Every year thereafter, the event has grown in record numbers. Every year our community is unified together to make sure our children were ready for the upcoming school year, we collected the backpacks and school supplies.
Our goals is to shape the way they live their lives and teach them the fundamentals of social responsibility, healthy living and cultural acceptance.