Celebration not Delayed

Ellis Dudley performing on the African drum at the campus Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, was not lost on the children at Elmcrest. This federal holiday commemorates the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to order freedom for the enslaved people of the state. This did not occur Read More »

High Tech

ECC Cottage 3 boys attending the Onondaga Library, Build Your Own Computer. Three of the boys from Cottage 3 are the proud producers of a new computer. For several weeks, they participated in a Build Your Own Computer program at Onondaga Free Library. The end-result was an Intel core 15-11400 CPU, a motherboard with wired Read More »

Honoring Leadership

Elmcrest youth, WCS, at the National Honor Society Induction. He was just another young man in residence at Elmcrest attending the campus school. But WCS showed a fierce dedication to excel academically. Given the opportunity to attend classes at Nottingham, he continued his climb to success in his studies while also demonstrating excellence in honesty, Read More »


Audrey and Leah donating snow pants and sleds to keep on hand for winter fun. That’s a big NO – at least for now. But next winter, the boys and girls at Elmcrest will be waiting for the white flakes to fall so they can use some new gifts. Recently, these two young women brought Read More »

Pages for Paws

Elmcrest youth reads to Chuck, the Service Dog, at Soule Library. Reading aloud can be overwhelming to a young child. On a recent Sunday, two of the small boys from EImcrest practiced their reading skills on a special listener, Chuck, the Service Dog. Soule Library encourages reluctant young readers to overcome their anxiety and boost Read More »

The Real Winners

3 boys

On a recent Saturday in October, the Syracuse University’s football team made a valiant showing against Wake Forest. The 40-37 final score was not in favor of the Orange. However three boys from Elmcrest walked away from the Dome with big smiles on their faces. Currently in residence at the boy’s Elmcrest cottage, none had Read More »

An EPIC Thank-you

What a thank-you party! The boys and girls in Elmcrest’s EPIC program hosted an appreciation celebration for their Youth Development Professionals and Student Advocates. These children in EPIC (Education, Preparation, Involvement, Community) have faced major life challenges. They are motivated by EPIC to explore educational and work-related interests and learn about possibilities that value work Read More »