Youth Bureau

Helpful Sources During COVID-19

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has been working with the New York State Education Department (SED) and the New York State Council on Children and Families (CCF) to promote ways to address the needs of children and families during this pandemic. The New York State Parent Portal can be accessed at https://www.nysparenting.org/ (Portal).

The Madison County Youth Bureau was planning to bring guest speaker, Brooks Gibbs, to our county in May 2020 to reach students regarding emotional health and resilience around the issue of bullying. Unfortunately, due to the unprecedented times, we have had to cancel those original plans. However, Gibbs’ desire to reach youth to help them build these essential skills has not stopped!

Gibbs has created a FREE Homeschool Assembly broadcast that you and your family can access! Want to give something meaningful for your kids to pass the time? Learning and growing along the way? Check out his FREE We’re all Home Educators now. Inside, you’ll have ON-DEMAND access to:

- 35-minute student presentation to a LIVE audience

- 35-minute parent presentation to a LIVE audience

- 10-part video series Conflict Resolution curriculum

- BONUS resources, activities and more

What is the Youth Bureau?

The mission of the Madison County Youth Bureau is to promote and encourage the development of a comprehensive system of services to meet the needs of Madison County’s young people.

The Madison County Youth Bureau is the department of County Government that administers New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) funds within Madison County, and assists with the coordination and development of programs and services for children and youth under the age of 21.

System Strengths

Strengths of the Youth Bureau system include:

  • Administers population-based funding provided by NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
  • Community Engagement
  • Equity (due to population based funding)
  • Flexibility (No cookie cutter prescriptions or mandates from the state)
  • Local decision making and design
  • Local Needs Assessment
  • Services for all youth
  • Youth Participation in Decision Making

Madison County Directory of Youth Services

Youth Board

The Madison County Youth Board helps guide the work of the Youth Bureau. This citizens advisory group is comprised of community, agency and youth representatives. Appointments to the Youth Board are made by the Madison County Board of Supervisors. The Youth Board meets monthly to set priorities, review funding applications, and offer guidance to the Youth Bureau. This important community involvement enhances the Youth Bureau’s ability to identify and help meet the on-going needs of the children and youth living in Madison County.Youth Bureau Logo 2018

Youth Bureau staff and Leadership Service Learning students worked together to create a new logo for the Youth Bureau.