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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.

HISTORY

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 approximately 1.2 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.

DEPARTMENTAL PROGRAMS

Summer Cohesion is a fee-based, six week, summer drop-in, recreational, educational, and cultural enrichment program. Summer Cohesion provides children, ages 4-12 with a safe, structured, fun, and rewarding summer. The program is administered throughout countywide locations. Youth participate in daily activities such as arts and crafts, indoor/outdoor games, attend special performances, and travel to local libraries, parks, and museums. Summer Cohesion serves approximately 800 children each year.  To view up to date program information click HERE.

Super Saturday is a collaborative program between the County Youth Bureau, City of Elmira, Elmira City School District, Town of Elmira, and Town of Southport. Operated by the County Youth Bureau, Super Saturday, is a Saturday morning recreational, educational, and cultural enrichment program for Kindergarten through 6th grade youth who reside in the Elmira City School District.  To view up to date program information click HERE.

The Spot is a FREE, year-round, drop-in recreational program for teens 12-15 years of age. School SPOT is a collaborative program between the Chemung County Youth Bureau, City of Elmira, Elmira City School District, the Town of Elmira, and the Town of Southport for teens who reside within the Elmira City School District. Summer SPOT holds a series of special events available for all teens who reside within Chemung County.  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 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. 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. It is operated by the Chemung County Youth Bureau and is designed to provide consequences to Chemung County youth 7-17 years of age who are currently engaged or at risk of entering the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. The program's major goal is to deter further involvement in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems and help reduce the number of county JD/PINS placements.  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.