Mary Nelson’s Youth Center Opens June 1

“I will be opening our Youth Center on June 1st, with a Grand Opening celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. I will sometime in May, send out some official invitations, but for now I just wanted to share my great news for the weekend. I am so very excited, because last year I had a goal set for myself to open up a Center, and to also make the Youth Day BBQ, and Non for Profit 501c3, we have finally accomplished our Goal. I am looking for agencies to come in and provide programs and services to our Youths and their families. Love you all, and Thanks for believing in me. Please visit our website http://www.youthdaybarbecue.comand or email me at

Mary Nelson started organizing the Back-to-School Barbecue five 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 barbecue, which consisted of all condiments you would have for a barbecue. 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 2007, we had in attendance over 6000 youths and their families attend our Annual Youth Day BBQ.

The Youth Day BBQ attendance by our youths and their families have increased in record numbers we had well over 9000, to attend this years BBQ, we were able to give away school supplies, back packs and clothing to all youths who attended 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. Source:

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 Barbecue.

Upcoming Event:

Event will be held on August 15, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a parade for youths beginning at 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed as well as any school supplies and/or food donations

Contact Info: Mary Nelson, PO Box 238, Syracuse, NY 13205, 403 -0220