A NATURAL DO-GOODER IN GREENBURGH AND WESTCHESTER
Here are some words that best describe Tasha D. Young, MSW: hard-worker, tenacious, zealous, qualified, and compassionate. A driven natural do-gooder. A life spent in community service has earned her an invitation into many rooms and spaces.
Her commitment to service began right here in Greenburgh.
As a teenager in the village of Elmsford, she helped middle school aged girls work through confidence issues through dance. In Fairview she was a member of the legendary Martin Luther King Jr. young adult club and learned how to be a public servant/leader under the watchful eye of Greenburgh legends, James Robinson, Lucky Ferebee, Janice Rawlings, Phyllis Young, and Yolanda Robinson. As a young wife and mother, she worked at TDYCC (Theodore D. Young Community Center) as a program manager, where specifically in girls programming, she revamped and revitalized the Falcons cheerleaders into a competitive squad, brought competitive double dutch to the community center, and traveled with the team to competitions. Tasha also developed ‘Personal Touch’, a program for girls empowerment. The girls were taught cooking, fashion presentation, journaling, conflict resolution and general ‘I am’ affirmations and life applications. It was exhilarating.
A CHAMPION FOR THE MARGINALIZED
Feeding the needy is a priority for Ms. Young, "No One Should Go Hungry -- Ever" is her motto.
Tasha remained an advocate for her community by reaching out to the most marginalized through her years of volunteer outreach work through Union Baptist Church. This work was throughout the town and villages, notably initiating five years of food security to the seniors on Manhattan Avenue and a decade initiating programs for the resident youth at Children's Village at Dobbs Ferry.
Later as a social worker, grant writer, lobbyist, and now policy educator and policy maker, she secured grants for the hungry in Greenburgh, secured grants to assist participants in the Released and Redeemed Prison re-entry program, and worked to influence and create policies that benefit the people.
Tasha often laments and laughs at the serendipity of her lived experiences and how they prepared her for Day One leadership in the Town of Greenburgh. She has shaped her entire life to lead in Greenburgh.