Youth Bureau

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

Safe Harbour Program

safe harbour new imageThe Safe Harbour program offers supportive services to youth to age 21 who have been trafficked, exploited or are at risk through case management and prevention education. The Safe Harbour program also offers trainings to community agencies, medical facilities, schools and the general public to raise public awareness and education on exploitation and trafficking of youth for both sex and labor.

For more information or to make a referral, call (315) 366-2548 option 5, or ask to speak to a School and Youth Development Coordinator.

Click here for a referral form.


School Services Program

school kidsThis is a resource for those that work with youth, so that services can be offered and explored for youth and families that reside in Madison County.  The goal of this program is to combine school supports with additional services directed at the home, to create a better chance of addressing the comprehensive needs of the child. School and Youth Development Coordinators provide assistance such as: needs assessments, information, referrals to appropriate services, outreach and home visits, networking with community agencies as well as short term case management.

This program is available to all students and their families residing in Madison County. There is no charge to families for this service and intervention is available year-round.

For more information or to make a referral, call (315) 366-2548 option 5, or ask to speak to a School and Youth Development Coordinator.

Click here for a referral form.

Youth Council

Are you a Madison County youth who is in 10th, 11th or 12th Grade?  Do you want your voice to be heard?  Join the Youth Council.  

A Madison County Youth Council is being formed through a partnership among the Madison County Youth Bureau, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, and BRiDGES, Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc. 

The Madison County Youth Council will give youth across the county a platform to share, develop, and execute their ideas to create a healthier Madison County. 

Click the image below to apply or use the QR code.  

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Youth Bureau Logo 2018

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