Columbia County Youth Bureau


"Every Child, Every Day"

Youth Bureau Overview

The Columbia County Youth Bureau is responsible for the administration of the Youth Development Program (YDP) funding for various youth programs that promote positive youth development throughout Columbia County. These funds originate from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. The Columbia County Youth Bureau works to assist Columbia County agencies that provide a wide variety of services, supports and opportunities for youth up until the age of 21 throughout our community. Municipalities and not-for-profit organizations operating a youth program (501(c)3 certification ) that focus on youth development, are welcome to apply.

The Executive Director of Youth is guided by the Columbia County Youth Advisory Board which is made up of volunteer representatives from each of the municipalities in Columbia County. They meet quarterly to review activities and programs that the agencies offer and assist the Executive Director in the monitoring of funded agencies and programs.

Youth Bureau History

The Columbia County Youth Bureau was formed in December of 1980 to serve the community as a coordinating agency for youth programming as directed by the organizational guidelines set forth by the New York State Division for Youth, now known as the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). As a funding agency, the Youth Bureau channels financial assistance from the NYS OCFS into community programs. There is one basic funding category that the Youth Bureau is a recipient of: Youth Development Programming (YDP). Programs that fall within the YDP category are those that involve youth recreation and service programs sponsored by municipalities, and the county or community agencies. These programs may cover a wide range of services such as family support, park activities, counseling, drop in centers, mentoring, teen pregnancy prevention and education programs, counseling, and adjustment programs for youth involved in the Juvenile Justice system.

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