Current News & Recent Events

  • The ballroom at the Pierre Hotel was packed more tightly than ever this fall for the Leake & Watts 2015 Annual Awards Gala as more than 250 generous friends and supporters gathered to show their support for our work. 

  • In our fall / winter 2015 Newsletter, we explore how Leake & Watts meets the educational needs of the many diverse parents and children we support.

  • This fashion show extravaganza April 9 features youth from our Fashion Club wearing the latest designs and accessories from Banana Republic and other designers.  
  • “My kids are everything. Without them, I feel like I have nobody,” says 26-year old Priscilla Ramirez, a single mother of three. She dotes on 5-year-old Leilani,
    4-year-old Suki and little Yandel, who is just 18 months old. Seeing them together, you wouldn’t know that the family recently went through a difficult separation...
  • The "Let's Grow Together" Program is the first in the nation to promote bonds between police officers and youth through community activities.  See the article featured on

  • One of our favorite ways to kick off the spring season is by hosting Multicultural Day Open Houses at each of our early childhood programs.  This March, the Leake & Watts Ames Center and Head Start Programs were alive with color and excitement at their annual Multicultural Day Open Houses!

  • “I’ve really struggled with my relationships with some adults,” explains Christian, a fifteen-year-old from the Leake & Watts Residential Treatment Center.  “But it’s important to me to have somebody to give me support, because none of us can just do everything by ourselves."

  • Every Thursday night, a group of student volunteers from New York Medical College (NYMC) in Valhalla take a break from their studies and visit their neighbors, the teens at Leake & Watts Woodfield Cottage Secure Detention. Dedicated to giving back to others, the NYMC students understand...

  • Check out how music, dance, theater, painting and drawing are an important part of many of our programs!