Youth Bureau

Mission, Vision & Values

Mission

The mission of the Suffolk County Youth Bureau is to successfully meet the needs of Suffolk County Youth, under the age of 21, by ensuring effective countywide planning, thoughtful development, and efficiency in the management of resources necessary to sustain the County’s youth service system.

Vision

The Youth Bureau is a leader with an active voice and the cornerstone for youth development inSuffolkCounty.

Our goals are:

  • To be an active network of Youth Agencies
  • To be dedicated to the principles of positive and effective youth development
  • To provide training and resources to ensure quality and core competencies for youth development.

Values

  • All youth, 21 years old or younger, will grow up in a healthy, substance abuse free environment.Youth will be productive members of society and crime-free.They will achieve high academic status and be physically/mentally fit.Youth will be culturally sound.
  • Every youth should be educated and able to meet the skills required to be a member in the 21st century workforce.
  • Services must be provided for all youth and must be based upon assessment of particular youth needs.
  • Decisions made based on the assessment of particular youth needs shall be decided and designed bySuffolkCounty.This is to avoidcookie cutter prescriptions mandated by the state.
  • Equity in funding ensures equal representation due to population-based funding.All agencies with diverse populations should receive equal funding.
  • Full community participation, as well as youth participation helps to ensure quality programming.
  • The safety of youth is the utmost concern of the Bureau.Youth should have safe, supervised places they can go to in times of need.
  • Agencies should be diverse and be able to provide a vast amount of services to youth.

 

Organization History and Profile

The Suffolk County Youth Bureau was established as a distinct entity within the Office of theCounty Executiveover a quarter century ago under the provisions of Local Law 28-1974.Since 1979, the Youth Bureau has operated in accordance with the State of New York Office of Children and Family Services Comprehensive Planning Agreement.This agreement significantly expands local participation in planning and augmenting youth services.

Essentially, the Youth Bureau staff conducts monitoring and evaluation of youth programs, research and planning, information and referral, and training and technical assistance for community based youth organizations.More than 180 youth programs are funded through the Bureau’s regular budget stream, as well as over 200 programs on a contingency funded basis.These programs serveSuffolk County’s youth under the age of 21.Currently there are 4,943,648 youth, under the age of 21, living inNew YorkState.

Maintaining this service delivery system is a mammoth undertaking given the fact thatSuffolkCountyhas the largest youth population inNew YorkState, outside ofNew York City.Approximately 387,700 persons under the age of 21 reside inSuffolkCounty.It should be noted that this number amounts to nearly 30% of the County’s total population.

The Youth Bureau, in coordination with other County departments, strives to protect the rights and welfare of the youth inSuffolkCounty.It also acts to ensure their physical, social and educational well being.It is the belief of the Youth Bureau that every child and family residing inSuffolkCountyis entitled to a system of services which provides support, nurturance, and an overall positive outlook on life.

The contract agencies of the Suffolk County Youth Bureau typically provide the following services: Crisis Intervention, Informal and Formal Counseling, Temporary Shelter, Recreational/Cultural Programs, Employment Programs, Information and Referral, Advocacy, Educational Programs, Youth Hotlines, and Runaway and Homeless Youth Services.

Goals of the Youth Bureau

Goal 1: To ensure the safety and well-being of the youth population inSuffolkCounty.

TheSuffolkCountyYouth Bureau will work collaboratively to:

  • Ensure that youth have programs and/or places available to them that provide a safe environment
  • Ensure that youth are encountering a positive experience as a result of attending these programs/places
  • Monitor staff at agencies to make certain that positive role models are responsible for the youth
  • Ensure that youth are leaving these programs better off than they were before they attended them
  • Ensure that all youth are receiving services, based upon an assessment of personal needs.

Goal 2: To research and plan accordingly to better the services offered to the youth ofSuffolkCounty.

TheSuffolkCountyYouth Bureau will work collaboratively to:

  • Collect and analyze statistical data from agencies to ensure that programs are running efficiently and effectively
  • Ensure all agencies are in compliance with their contracts
  • Monitor and evaluate agencies that can benefit the youth ofSuffolkCounty
  • Prepare county contracts and legislative grants
  • Research grants for certain programs/services.

Goal 3: To provide both information and referral for youth, or general public, inSuffolkCounty.

TheSuffolkCountyYouth Bureau will work collaboratively to:

  • Provide programs/services that can be utilized by the youth ofSuffolkCounty
  • Refer youth to places they can go to receive guidance in a safe environment
  • Provide information about agencies that appeals to the youth ofSuffolkCounty
  • Provide a Suffolk County Youth Bureau newsletter which informs the community of upcoming youth-related events
  • Provide a Suffolk County Youth Bureau website which informs the community in various areas (i.e. upcoming youth-related events, grant opportunities for agencies, a speaker’s bureau, links to community based organizations).

Goal 4: To provide training and technical assistance for Suffolk County Youth Bureau funded agencies/organizations.

TheSuffolkCountyYouth Bureau will work collaboratively to:

  • Offer training seminars to representatives ofSuffolkCountyyouth organizations to better the program/services rendered
  • Offer workshops to educate cooperating agencies on certain skills (i.e. grant writing, conflict resolution, crisis intervention, etc.)
  • Provide technical training to cooperating agencies (i.e. computer technical skills)
  • Provide agencies with the promise that the Suffolk County Youth Bureau is available when agencies need assistance or further education in certain areas.

Goal 5: To fund youth programs in Suffolk County.

TheSuffolkCountyYouth Bureau will work collaboratively to:

  • Assist agencies in accessing funding, as available
  • Ensure that funding is allotted to eligible agencies inSuffolkCounty
  • Ensure that funding is aiding in the production of better services for the youth ofSuffolkCounty
  • Ensure agencies are in compliance with contracts made with the Youth Bureau.

2014 Directory of Contract Agencies

Indices of Youth Needs in Suffolk County

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