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The SVS Motto

Believe, Belong, Become, Benefact

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Johnny’s Success Story

success story When Johnny was 14, he came to us from a very poor family. His mother was on drugs, and he was often left home alone. To survive, he borrowed food from his neighbors, but he often went to bed hungry. One day, Johnny’s mother left and never came back. After a few months, Johnny came home to an eviction notice and a padlock on his door. That’s when the city placed him with us.

— Johnny, SVS American Dream Graduate

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2013 Youth of the Year – Mamadou Dione

St. Vincent’s motto is “Believe, Belong, Become, Benefact.” I BELIEVE that I BELONG to this wonderful community and I will BECOME a BENEFACTOR and a steward of promise.

Mamadou Dione
St. Vincent’s did not just give me a roof over my head, food on the table, and clothes on my back. St. Vincent’s challenged me to dream out loud. And that’s what I did. I went on to earn my Associates’ degree in civil engineering at the New York City College of Technology. Today, I am attending the prestigious NYU Polytechnic Institute. I am studying to get my bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2015.

Read more of Mamadou’s story and see how your support makes the difference.

Watch Inspiring Video about SVS American Dream Program

Damien Little, the 2012 American Dream Program Youth of the Year interned with ION Media Networks for a year. Along with three other youth from the American Dream Program, Damien collaborated with the professionals at ION Media Networks to develop a sizzle reel for SVS. Watch the video above and learn more about SVS’s innovative American Dream Program.

In the Staff Spotlight


Ebony Coles “I love when I see the wheels start turning in a young person’s mind once they realize that there is no limit to what they can achieve with the right skills and a little bit of confidence. When they put their mind to something and succeed, they want to reach further to make it to the next level. Nothing makes me happier!”

When Ebony came to SVS in 2008, she had one goal in mind – to give SVS kids the skills and confidence they needed to land life-changing jobs that would allow them to successfully transition into productive and independent adults. This was no small task to be sure, but Ebony’s dedication has produced some remarkable results!

Read more about Ebony Coles and the SVS Job Readiness Program.