Youth Bureau Awards $132,000 to Youth Programs

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston, along with Director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services Art Garrison and the Broome County Youth Bureau announced it will be awarding $132,000 in grants to programs in our community.


“We do everything we can to provide opportunities to youth of all ages in our community,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “These grants will go a long way in providing after school programs, summer programs, mentoring programs, job programs and much more without adding to our local taxes.”


“The Youth Bureau is pleased to be able to obtain these funds from the State of New York Office of Children and Family Services for local programs,” says Director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services Art Garrison. “Each of these programs is aimed at making sure our local youth lead healthy, successful lives, whether it’s helping to provide exercise programs, programs to help kids in school or in finding a job.”


This year, the Youth Bureau gave out $131,959, to 17 programs throughout the County.  That’s about $13,500 more than last year.


The 17 programs included are:


·         Teen Transitional Living Program - Catholic Charities ($18,000): Provides supervised apartments and structured programs that teach self-sufficiency for the area’s homeless youth.


·         Gateway Center for Youth - Catholic Charities ($17,300): Provides free, short term counseling to youth who suffer from mental health or related behaviors.


·         LIFE House – Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth ($13,700):  Provides emergency services for runaway, homeless and at risk youth in Broome County.


·          Oasis After School Program - Family & Children’s Society ($7,000):  Provides local teens with high quality, structured after school and summer employment opportunities.


·         Haven After School Program ($10,000):  Offers drop-in programs for teens that address making healthy lifestyle choices.  


·         Summer Fun - Binghamton City Parks & Recreation ($9,700):  Summer Fun is a 6 week program that offers a variety of social, academic, and physical activities for elementary school age children in Binghamton.



·         Voices for Children, CASA - ACCORD ($7,050): Provide abused and neglected

            children in the Family Court System with opportunities to meet their physical,

            social, moral, and emotional needs.


·         Compeer Youth Mentoring - Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier ($8,850): Provide at risk youth in the area with a volunteer friend mentor to help improve the quality of their life.


·         Library Program - Town of Vestal ($1,750): The Library Program is a 6 week program that brings the library van to different town park locations and provides children with safe and happy environment to enhance their reading comprehension.


·         Waterman Program - Town of Vestal ($2,209): 4 days of environmental education where students can gain knowledge on conservation.


·         Playground Program of the Town of Vestal ($4,400): Provides children with 6 weeks of supervised recreational activities at different town parks.


·         Summer in the Park- Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome ($1,450): Provides a free summer program for the youth of the north side of Endicott that offers a variety of sports and recreational activities. 


·         High School Equivalency Prep - Family Enrichment Network ($7,000): Provides basic education and tutoring to prepare youth and adults for the TASC (High School Equivalency).


·         Softball and Field Hockey - Town of Colesville ($1,200): Provides an outlet for children ages 5-14 that promotes physical activity and social interaction.


·         PAL Center - Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network ($15,000): The Parents as Leaders Family Resource Center in Binghamton provides families with young children child development activities to help learn and improve their parenting skills.


·         Port Dickenson Community Association of the Town of Dickinson ($350): Provides a summer program for children that promotes optimum physical and emotional health.


·         Pathway Program of the Johnson City School District ($7,000): Offers students out-of-classroom learning experiences geared toward academic success as well as success in their careers.



The Broome County Legislature and the Office of Children and Family Services must approve the grants, which is expected to happen in the near future.



06/12/2014 - 3:43pm