The Oneida County Youth Bureau is made up of a staff of dedicated people whose mission is to serve the youth of Oneida County. The Youth Bureau is a department of Oneida County created to provide access activities, programs and services to all youth under the age of 21. The Youth Bureau is responsible for planning, coordinating and supplementing the activities of public, private and religious agencies devoted to, in whole or in part, to the welfare and protection of youth.
Oneida County Children Care
Oneida County Children Care, an Oneida County Youth Bureau initiative, recently completed its thirteenth successful year. In 2023, this initiative of civic engagement was a collaboration between the Youth Bureau
and five agencies funded by the county to provide youth programing. The intent of the project is to introduce our children to the invaluable lessons of community service through volunteerism.
“The civic engagement, compassion and drive that is displayed by the youth of Oneida County never ceases to amaze me,” Picente said. “The lessons learned through programs like Oneida County Children Care show our young people the value of helping others and the benefit of community service. The opportunities our partner agencies give these volunteers helps lay the groundwork for our future.”
The county initiative partnered last year with ICAN, The Neighborhood Center, Safe Schools Mohawk Valley, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Thea Bowman House.
Youth volunteers performed community service that included providing first-time mothers with comfort bags, sending letters to our troops, peer-to-peer mentoring of refugees, assisting at Anita’s Stevens Swan Humane Society, helping senior citizens at Acacia Village, participating in the Sauquoit Valley Cancer Walk, donating school supplies, cleaning senior citizens’ yards, forming youth leadership groups and participating in holiday food drives.
“The Oneida County Children Care initiative began in 2009 with a goal of teaching our children the invaluable lessons of community service learned through volunteerism,” said Youth Bureau Director Kevin Green. “Our youth-serving agencies do incredible work on a daily basis with our children. Nothing — not tough economic times or the cutting of staff and hours of program operation — has stood in the way of their commitment to teach our youth the value of volunteerism and giving back to their communities. This Oneida County Children Care initiative once again proves that our children really do care.”
Now in its thirteenth year, the Oneida County Children Cares initiative has seen 17,070 youth dedicate 54,344 hours to community service.