Broome County Youth Bureau Announces $190,000 in Youth Programming Grants


(BINGHAMTON, NY) Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, along with Director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services Liz Woidt and the Broome County Youth Bureau, announced today $190,000 in grant funding to youth programs in our community.

The grant recipients were approved by the Broome County Legislature in its December session.

“We are excited to support a variety of amazing youth programs in Broome County through the Youth Bureau,” said County Executive Jason Garnar. “From mentoring to sports to education, we want to impact youth in many areas of their lives.”

 “The Broome County Youth Bureau is delighted to obtain these funds from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. These funds will help Broome County continue the mission of the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus to promote the physical, emotional and social well-being of youth and families in Broome County,” said Director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services Liz Woidt. “The programs awarded empower youth of all ages in our community to learn, grow and develop into successful leaders of the future.”

This year, the Youth Bureau awarded $190,000 to programs throughout Broome County. The grant recipients are:

·         Community Schools BUS Bucks and Summer Zones - Research Foundation for SUNY at Binghamton: B.U.S. Bucks and Summer Zones are designed to help youth from disadvantaged backgrounds realize that goals can be achieved with planning, support, and hard work. These programs offer continued support to students during the school year and through the summer months.

·         Compeer Youth Mentoring - Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier: Serves youth under the age of 18, who are at risk from developing social, emotional and behavioral problems.

·         Connections Center - Catholic Charities of Broome County: School and community-based counseling and case management canter that provides comprehensive emotional health services for youth ages 8-21 years and their families.

·         Educational Programming for Children Affected by Domestic Violence - RISE NY: Provide shelter, advocacy, counseling, and community education to those affected by domestic violence. This program will also provide school-age children with homework assistance four days a week and encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s academic life.

·         Field Hockey, Girls Softball, Winter Skate, Youth Basketball - Town of Colesville: Provides various activities and camps for local youth to participate in that promote the importance of physical activity and teamwork.

·         Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County - 4H Youth Development Center at Finch Hollow: The 4-H Education Center at Finch Hollow has an established track record for delivering high quality, multi-disciplinary programs. CCE Educators provide hands-on STEM programming for youth, focused on learning about science, the environment and the world around them.

·         Grow Binghamton - VINES: Provides a six-week program which revolves around youth empowerment, civic engagement, and hands on learning about environmental systems with the Binghamton Urban Farm being a living lab for learning.  Youth participate in every aspect of food production from seed starting to distributing produce to Binghamton residents in need of access to fresh and affordable food.

·         Library Program - Town of Vestal: The Library Program is a 6-week supervised program where youth participants are given the opportunity to select a book to read alone or to be read by a counselor or older participant. The counselors also bring character education themed books to read aloud.  After the story a craft project or related activity is presented.

·         Waterman Program - Town of Vestal: Camps that provide the opportunity to learn about nature focusing on conservation education and environmental literacy. The four camps offered emphasize team building, skill improvement, and working together.

·         Playground Program of the Town of Vestal: Provides children with 6 weeks of supervised recreational activities at Vestal Parks where they are exposed to board games, sports equipment, crafts and special events.

·         Special Hockey Festival and Competition - Life is Washable Inc.: Two events that will help grow participation in special hockey in the Southern Tier and provide an accessible and integrative athletic experience for youth with and without disabilities.

·         Parks & Recreation Mini Grants - Broome County Parks: Broome County Parks, Recreation and Youth Services will release 5 mini grants that summer youth programs will have the ability to apply for.  Programming for the grant must take place in a Broome County Park.

·         Pathways Program - JC Central School District: The Pathways Program is a unique high school program that provides students of potential with a successful high school experience that will lead the way to college or a career in a small, personalized environment.

·         Safe Harbour - Crime Victims Assistance Center: Offers direct support for youth with a history of trauma, or RHY. The program offers comprehensive case management, counseling, personal care items/ clothing, financial support, legal and medical advocacy and community respite. The program also offers peer support and education groups.

·         Summer Fun - City of Binghamton Parks: Summer Fun is a summer program that provides a safe and structured recreation experience for children.  The program features organized sports, arts, crafts, swimming, games, and various educational experiences.

·         Summer in the Park - Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome: Provides a summer program for children at George F. Johnson Park that offers a variety of activities for youth, divided into age appropriate groups.  New this year is the SMART MOVES Opioid Addiction Prevention Program.

·         Teens Count Program - Family Planning of South Central NY: Provides at-risk middle school girls a two-week summer program that teaches life skills through hands-on activities that address self-esteem, body image, effective communication skills, healthy relationships, and puberty.

·         Young Women of Color Leadership Project - Broome Community College: The goal of YWCLP is to promote positive change for young women of color and inspire them to be law-abiding, contributing members of their communities by involving them in character education and leadership activities within a non-threatening, safe environment; and engaging them in dialogue meant to dispel stereotypes, offer positive interactions, and discourage unsafe behaviors.

·         Teen Transitional Living Program - Catholic Charities of Broome County: Provides a safe, structured, supportive housing program for runaway and homeless youth.


12/26/2018 - 10:13am