In our effort to spotlight Unsung Heroes in the community, Black Westchester is proud to highlight Allison Lake, the Executive Director of the Westchester Children’s Association. Allison Lake has lead this organization since 2018. She’s been with the organization for over 20 years.
In our interview with Allison on the People Before Politics Radio Show, Sunday, September 20th (see video below), she discussed WCA’s work on solutions not suspensions, youth justice, child and youth homelessness and youth engagement.
Allison also discussed a recent State of Westchester 2020 Black Children & Youth Report done by the WCA (see report below).
Allison became Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) Executive Director in July 2018. She joined WCA in 1998 as the Program Coordinator for the Children’s Health Initiative. In 2008, she was promoted to Deputy Director, responsible for WCA’s programmatic initiatives, leading WCA’s advocacy partnerships and community mobilization efforts. Allison received her BA from Amherst College and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. She brings over 25 years of experience in non-profit and community work both in the US and West Africa, as a Peace Corps Volunteer. After working in banking for three years, she returned to her passion of community development. She has held management positions at the National Civic League and Associated Black Charities. Ms. Lake has worked in youth development with the City Volunteer Corps program in New York City and the YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester. Allison is a homegrown Westchesterite, lives in Greenburgh with her husband and has two young adult children.
For more than 105 years, Westchester Children’s Association has been working to ensure that every child is healthy, safe and ready for life’s challenges. With a focus on key issues that affect the most vulnerable young people in Westchester County, WCA identifies current needs by analyzing data, hearing directly from youth and families, and working closely with public and nonprofit service providers.