Agencies We Fund

Catholic Charities
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Adolescent Parenting: This program offers a variety of pre-natal and post-natal services to pregnant and parenting teens, teen fathers and extended family members. It also offers clinical treatment and individual case management as needed. The weekly group combines an educational/life skills module with socialization.

For more information contact- DENISE CAVANAUGH (315) 724-2158 or

Center for Family Life & Recovery

Sexual Abuse Treatment Program: This program provides individual and family treatment of sexual abuse for those not eligible to participate through the Department of Social Services.

Juvenile Perpetrators: This program provides group and family treatment for youth implicated as perpetrators of sexual abuse.

Partners in Prevention: This program offers individual and family therapy from a family system approach to direct vulnerable youth towards completion of the Young Scholars program.

Compeer for Kids: This program offers recruitment and training of volunteers for mentoring friendships with children receiving mental health treatment.

For more information contact- CASSANDRA SHEETS  (315) 733-1709 or

Cornell Cooperative Extension

4-H Outreach: This youth development programming utilizes Intergenerational Master Gardener, 4-H Government Interns and Conservation Education Days to provide young people with role models and meaningful participation in community awareness and problem solving opportunities.

For more information contact- MARY BETH McEWEN (315) 736-3394 or

Dodge Pratt Art and Community Center

Tween and Teens Pick up Steam:  This program will provide strategic positive youth development by promoting a safe, healthy learning environment for which they will learn, express and find creativity within themselves.

For more information contact- JoAnn Ballard (315) 942-5133 or

Insight House

Rural School Prevention:  Provides student assistance programs and prevention services at Westmoreland and Whitesboro High School and Perry Junior High School in New Hartford.

For more information contact- Donna Vitagliano (315) 724-5168 -

Johnson Park Center

Children’s Center: This program provides a safe, drop-in place with after-school and summer recreation for children in the Cornhill area.  Many are from single parent, low income families.

For more information contact- REV. MARIA SCATES (315) 734-9608 or

Kids Oneida

Evelyn's House:  For young mothers and babies, provides life skills and parenting education for the expectant and teen mothers residing in the house.

For more information contact-  Steven Bulger (315) 792-9039 or

Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency

Runaway & Homeless Youth Program: This program provides crisis mediation for youth and families. It also offers crisis (short-term) shelter with OCFS certified Volunteer Interim Families as well as referrals and advocacy with the goal of reuniting families.

Teen Recreation Center: This program offers constructive leisure time activities 6 to 8PM , M-F and some Saturdays for high risk, inner city youth, mainly from minority families involved with the human service system.  Located at Martin Luther King School

For more information contact- AMY TURNER at (315) 624-9930 or

Neighborhood Center

Outreach and Prevention: This social group works year round at the Center. It offers home visits , referrals for counseling as needed; family programs and cultural celebrations.

Transitional Life Skills: This program offers case management and independent living services for homeless youth age16-20 to improve their ability to function in independent living situations.

Project Aim:  Provides opportunity to build self confidence, reduce negative social behaviors, increase employability and engage in community service projects

For more information contact- SANDRA SOROKA (315) 272-2600 or

Oneida County Probation

Initial Response Team: Probation Department, Rome City School District and BOCES partner to reduce PINS petitions, based on evidence of early identification of problematic behaviors and family conferencing.

For more information contact- DAVE TOMIDY (315) 798-5914 or

Oneida County Workforce Development

Probation Employment: This funding allocation is used exclusively for stipends to youth on probation who participate in meaningful private sector employment opportunities.

Jail To Community Transition: This program supports coordination to transition youth , who complete sentences at Oneida County Jail , into job training programs or unsubsidized employment.

For more information contact- DAVE MATHIS (315) 798-5908 or  

Peacemaker Program

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): This program recruits, screens, trains and supervises community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children living in foster care.

For more information contact- MARK LEUTHAUSER (315) 724-1718 or

Thea Bowman House

Kids with Promise This program offers registered participants in an after-school program a safe, learning oriented environment. It also includes an all day program for five weeks during the summer. The program is located in the St. Francis Desales Neighborhood Center in Utica and serves as an certified OCFS school age child care center.

For more information contact- JANE DOMINGUE (315) 797-0748 or
The Salvation Army (Rome)

The Salvation Army Youth Enrichment Services (saYes) -This program provides services to low income individuals of Rome, NY and the surrounding small towns that have no programs and services that are available to them.

For more information contact –  Captain Amanda Krueger (315) 336-4260 or

The Salvation Army (Utica)

Get Yourself Motivated (GYM)- This program will provide a safe structured environment while offering educational programing and social intervention.

For more information contact- Captain Michael Harrington (315) 724-8736 or

Town of New Hartford Senior Center

Summer Mentoring Program:   This program will help students with reading, math, reading comprehension, writing and printing. We bring the students one day to the New Hartford library to learn their programs and get library cards. Reading and math is one hour and then they play educational games such as chess, bingo and checkers. We have them use the microphone to call out numbers and this gives them confidence with their peers. They are learning as most have learning problems and need this extra support. This program had over 40 volunteers last year and we wish to have as many in the future. 

For more information contact:  Eileen Spellman (315) 724-8966 or

Upstate Cerebral Palsy (UCP)

The Root Farm: Program is home to the therapeutic horseback riding program, Studio Art and the Horticulture Center. The horseback riding program provides therapeutic benefits for individuals of all ages. Studio Art offers classes in painting, silk and clay creations. The Horticulture Center includes an educational greenhouse, gardens, maple syrup production, honey production, a chicken coop and so much more. The vision is to provide a sense of responsibility along with the new skills that will bring independence and self-worth to all participants.

For more information contact: Jeremy Earl (315) 520-7046 or

Utica Safe Schools/Healthy Students

Underground Cafe:  believing in the power of youth voice, endeavors to transform the experiences and perceptions of teens in Utica by creating venues for leadership , civic engagement and the arts.

For more information contact-   Anne Lansing (315) 792-2205 or


Adolescent Outreach: This program provides awareness and prevention education information about sexual assault and domestic/dating violence; reaches youth from pre-school to college to developmentally challenged.

New Horizons Life Skills Program: This program offers life skills instruction for residents to assist them in making a successful transition to independent living.

Sexual Violence Services: This program offers rape crisis and domestic violence services for victims and secondary victims. It includes a hotline as well as accompaniment and advocacy with hospitals , law enforcement and courts.

Sheltered Youth Project: This program offers a variety of services that a family may need after departure from Hall House Domestic Violence shelter. Those services include: crisis and short term counseling , age appropriate recreational activities; return to school of origin or re-enrollment in a new school , as well as follow-up and referrals.

For more information contact- DIANNE STANCATO (315) 732-2159