FORTY TWO YEARS OF LEADERSHIP * DEVELOPMENT * EMPOWERMENT
THE NASSAU COUNTY YOUTH BOARD
August 2007 marked Forty Two years of service to youth and families throughout Nassau County for the Youth Board and its network of Contract Agencies. The Youth Board was established to coordinate, fund and evaluate youth services in the County through youth development. Services offered include: guidance-oriented programs, recreation, tutoring, employment, HIV/teen pregnancy, runaway and homeless youth and counseling programs. Each not-for-profit Contract Agency has its own local, nonsalaried Board of Directors which is responsible for the agency’s policies and fiscal soundness. Approximately 45,000 youth are served on an annual basis by the Nassau County Youth Board and its Contract Agencies. It is estimated that double that number participate in special events.
Authorized by State and County law, the Youth Board expenditures for youth services in Nassau County are approximately eight million dollars annually, provided primarily by Nassau County and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Other funding sources include the Federal Government and certain County municipalities. While most people are familiar with the term “juvenile delinquency,” the phrase “youth development” is not as well known. As used here, youth development is the active process of creating conditions and fostering personal attributes that promote self-esteem. For the past ten years, young people under the age of 21 who have participated in leadership training have served as members of the Youth Board.
The importance of the County’s youth service system is demonstrated in many ways. Youth Board staff and Board members provide training, technical assistance and advocacy to youth development programs throughout the County. Through active planning and research, the Youth Board is knowledgeable about political, social and economic trends that impact upon youth and their families within the system. The Youth/Adult Participation Project (YAPP) recruits youth and adults from communities throughout Nassau County who volunteer their time and expertise to help determine priorities for youth services. This process enables young people to have a permanent voice in both the identification of needs and development of policies for programs that serve them, as well as a role in carrying out those programs through community service learning.
NASSAU COUNTY YOUTH BOARD MEMBERSHIP
KEITH M. LITTLE, Chairman
RONI E. BENSON
CARMEN J. PIÑEYRO
RABBI MARC A. GRUBER
CARINE Y. JOCELYN
Nassau County Youth Board Volunteers - ZACHARY WICHTER
JOEL WHITE - Department of Drug & Alcohol Addiction
JACK PHELAN - Nassau County Office of the District Attorney
FRANK DORF - Department of Probation
NANCY ANTONIUS - Department of Parks & Recreation
RODNEY McRAE - Nassau County Commission on Human Rights
JOHN ALLEN - Nassau County Police Department
KAREN R. GARBER - Department of Social Services
Leadership training increases young people’s knowledge of community institutions and prepares them to assume greater responsibilities in community life. Each agency receiving funds from the Nassau County Youth Board must incorporate the following priorities into their programs:
• Youth participation in the design and carrying out of programs;
• Special attention to the concerns of Limited English Speaking populations;
• Issues of concern regarding runaway and homeless youth:
• Teen Pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and STI’s Prevention;
• Youth Employment
• Violence Prevention/Intervention
In addition to the aforementioned, the network of Contract Agencies also provide, but are not limited to, the following:
Youth Leadership Programs
Substance Abuse Prevention
Leisure Time Activities
Juvenile Justice Services
Information and Referral Services, as well as the development of a three-year Comprehensive Plan, complete the Youth Board picture.