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Youth Bureau Overview

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Mission Statement

To provide advocacy and support toward youth service goals and positive recreational development for the children and families of Chemung County.


The Chemung County Youth Bureau was created in 1977. Its main purpose is to research the needs of the county's youth and to plan, coordinate, foster and supplement the activities of public, private, and faith based agencies devoted to the welfare and protection of youth.  In the fall of 1993, the Chemung County Youth Bureau was merged with the County Recreation Department in an effort to streamline prevention and developmental services to youth and provide a more efficient mechanism of service delivery to youth and families in Chemung County.  Today, the Youth Bureau administers over one million dollars from Chemung County and the NYS Office of Children & Family Services to provide preventive and recreational services to the children and families of Chemung County.


Summer Cohesion a fee-based, six week, summer drop-in, recreational, educational, and cultural enrichment program. Summer Cohesion provides children, ages 4 through 12 with a safe, structured, fun, and rewarding summer. Sites are located throughout Chemung County and operates Monday - Friday.  At each site, children learn about water safety, nature, life skills and cultural enrichment - just to name a few.  Throughout the summer, traveling programs visit each site to provide special indoor and outdoor activities. Children also visit and tour area libraries, museums and businesses.  The program serves hundreds of youth each summer. To view up to date program information click HERE.

Super Saturday a free, supervised, recreational and enrichment program for youth in grades Kindergarten-Sixth who reside in the Elmira City School District. On Saturdays, the program begins with a free breakfast; the youth participate in two workshops for one six week session during the fall and winter.  To view up to date program information click HERE.

The Spot
  A free, drop-in, recreational program for middle school students that reside in the Elmira City School District.  This program typically operates once a week during the school calendar year, either Friday or Saturday night.  To view up to date program information click HERE.

     Summer:  A drop-in recreational program, free of charge to any Chemung County teen 12 to 15 years of age. The program operates for six weeks, Monday-Friday during the summer in designated parks. The program provides well-structured, fun, and enriching activities at the park such as, but not limited to: arts and crafts, board games, basketball, baseball, and kickball. Off-site activities include field trips to Spot N' Bowl, Spot N' Putt, and Spot N' Splashes; Movie Theater Take Over and a day at Darien Lake Amusement Park. Transportation is provided to all off-site activities. To view up to date program information click HERE.

Learn and Earn Program - Provides youth with an opportunity to strengthen their ability to become self-sufficient and responsible through a series of basic life and job skills training. The goal of the Learn and Earn Program is to enable youth to see themselves as respected, successful, contributing members of the community and workforce with strong goals for their future. The program serves income eligible youth ages 14-18 who are currently enrolled in high school. The program operates in four sessions throughout the school year. To view up to date program information click HERE.

Summer Youth Employment Program - In cooperation with the Chemung County Department of Social Services, the Chemung County Youth Bureau provides employment and training opportunities to TANF eligible Chemung County youth 14-20 years of age for approximately six weeks during the summer.  Eligible youth are provided an array of employment enhancement services to promote a positive employment experience.  Applications are available in April through mailings with Chemung County Department of Social Services, Middle and High School guidance offices and other community-based organizations.  For more information about Summer Youth Employment click HERE.

Juvenile Assigned Work Service (J.A.W.S.) is a collaborative program between the Chemung County Youth Bureau, Department of Social Services, Probation and Family Court designed to provide consequences to youth currently involved the Juvenile Justice System. A major focus of this program is to deter further involvement or out of home placement through supervised community service projects. For more information about J.A.W.S. click HERE.

Summer Employment Opportunities - The Summer Cohesion and Spot Programs employ and provide extensive recreation training to over 200 young adults each summer. Working for Summer Cohesion and Spot Programs provides valuable experience in the fields of recreation, education and human services.  For a Youth Bureau Employment Application click HERE.