Youth Development Program Funds
The following programs and agencies were awarded Youth Development Program funding by the Madison County Youth Board to provide services, opportunities and supports for children and youth in Madison County in 2017.
Operated by the Community Action Partnership for Madison County. This program is for youth ages 8 through 15 that are in need of a positive adult role model. The program matches youth with an adult volunteer mentor who meets weekly with the youth. The goal is to help the youth develop positive social skills, self-esteem and trust through their one-on-one interaction with their adult mentor. Participation in program sponsored activities also helps promote community leadership, vocational direction, and educational enhancement. For more information call 315-697-3588, extension 11.
Operated by Catholic Charities Oneida/Madison Counties. This program offers case management to Madison County youth who are engaged in risky behaviors such as substance use, teenage pregnancy, truancy or other issues affecting physical or emotional well-being.
Case management seeks to link youth and families with community resources to reduce negative outcomes and assist in dealing with difficulties that impact functioning in school or at home in order to reduce potential placement, DSS involvement or separation from the family unit. For more information call 315-363-5274.
Operated by the Village of Hamilton. This program provides Red Cross certified swim lessons to the children in and around the municipality, including the towns of Eaton, Hamilton, Madison and beyond. The program offers instruction in water safety, basic swimming strokes, and the skills necessary for life-long health and fitness. The program helps young people develop social skills and self-confidence in a safe and nurturing setting. For more information call 315-824-1111.
Operated by the Town of Sullivan Parks and Recreation Department. The Recreation Department hosts a playground program every summer for close to 300 area children ages 5 to 12. Youth between the ages of 16 and 21 are hired to plan and coordinate activities, communicate with parents and keep participants safe and supervised. Funding will serve to provide job and life skills to youth entering the workforce that they will take with them to their next adventures and jobs. For more information call 315-687-3471.
Operated by the Haven at Skanda. Summer at Skanda is a four week farm program that teaches young people to care for Skanda’s rescued and endangered animals while building self-esteem, teamwork skills, appreciation for diversity, healthy lifestyle habits and civic engagement. This program will serve young people ages 7 to 17 who ordinarily lack summer enrichment opportunities. For more information call 315-815-5056.
Operated by the Town of Lenox. This program will provide the opportunity for youth Skate Park employees to learn good employability skills such as: time management, cash handling/math, responsibility, leadership, conflict resolution and taking instructions from supervisors and others, so that the youth will be ready to navigate to the world beyond school, particularly on the job. For more information call 315-697-8106.