Oneida County Youth Bureau

Agencies We Fund

Catholic Charities

Adolescent Parenting: This Child and Development Program offers a variety of pre-natal and post-natal services for at risk, pregnant, or parenting adolescents, and extended family members. It also offers Parent Educators, clinical treatment, and individual case management as needed. The goal of the program is to improve the parenting skills of those participants, improving the health of infants and strengthening their families.

For more information contact - Denise Cavanaugh (315) 724-2158 or

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Center for Family Life & Recovery

Sexual Abuse Treatment Program: Clinical staffs provide Specialized Sexual Abuse Treatment to youth and family for those not eligible to participate through the Department of Social Services (DSS) or who cannot afford to pay for services.

Juvenile Perpetrators: This program provides individual, group, and family therapy for youth implicated as perpetrators of sexual abuse (or engaged in other types of sexual behavior problems) who are at risk for involvement or re-involvement with the juvenile justice system.

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 offered through Proctor High School.

Compeer for Kids: This program offers recruitment and training of volunteers for mentoring friendships with youth (ages 5-18) receiving mental health treatment, have a parent/family member diagnosed with mental health services, and/or are receiving preventative services.

For more information contact - Cassandra Sheets (315) 733-1709 or

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Cornell Cooperation Extension

4-H Outreach: 4-H is an opportunity for boys and girls ages 5-19 to learn and develop life skills that may assist them in becoming responsible adults.  Projects are based on research and knowledge from Cornell University, and other land-grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  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

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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 youth will learn, develop a sense of self-importance, nurture community and civic responsibilities, while expressing and finding creativity within themselves through the arts.

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

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Johnson Park Center

JPC Youth Center:  This program provides the young people of Cornhill with opportunities for enrichment, life skills development, and positive recreation - all in a safe, nurturing environment where they can bond with caring, adult role models.  JPC also works as part of a larger system to keep the young people of Cornhill and neighbors safe.

For more information contact- Rev. Maria Scates (315) 734-9608 or

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Integrated Community Alternatives Network (ICAN)

Evelyn's House:  Evelyn's House offers a safe, nurturing home and supportive services for young mothers and their children.  The home and program is available to homeless woman ages 16-21 that are pregnant or parenting.  Evelyn's House offers services focused on empowerment, providing young mothers with the skills and networks they need to live independently.

KEY (Knowledge Empowers You):  KEY is an evidence-based, group intervention designed to help high risk youth recognize their strength, make informed decisions about important life areas and increase self-efficiency.  Program topics include, but are not limited to:  building self-confidence, development of healthy relationships, physical wellness (nutrition and exercise), making informed decisions to support mental and emotional health and overall coping skills.

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

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Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency

Runaway & Homeless Youth Program:  Through the Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, MVCAA aims to increase young people's safety and well-being by helping youth build permanent connections with caring adults.  MVCAA provides a 24 hour crisis hotline and services up to the age of 21.  The program assists youth in leaving the streets and moving to safe and appropriate alternative living arrangements through, either reunification with families (as appropriate) through mediation, counseling, emergency shelter and/or transitional housing.

For more information contact- Amy Turner at (315) 624-9930 or

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Neighborhood Center

Outreach and Prevention:  A neighborhood drop in program for at risk youth ages 6-18 that offers educational and recreational opportunities year round.  Children will learn and practice habits that help them to achieve optimal physical and emotional health and limit challenges involving health risk behaviors.

Transitional Life Skills:  Provides assistance to youth ages 16-21 who are living independently due to family conflict.  The program teaches the skills needed to maintain independence and find success in adulthood. The program offers case management, emergency assistance and independent living services for runaway, homeless or at risk of homelessness youth ages 16-21 with a focus on fostering independent living skills, continuing education and/or finding employment.

Project Aim:  Trained adult mentors offer youth opportunities to build their self-confidence, reduce negative social behaviors, increase connectedness to self, home and community, increase employability and provide community services.

For more information contact- Sandra Soroka (315) 272-2615 or

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Oneida County Probation

Initial Response Team:  The Oneida County 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.  The program also offers Mentoring and Crisis management.

For more information contact- Patrick Cady (315) 798-5914 or

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Oneida County Workforce Development

Green Corps:  The Oneida County Green Corps is a job training program that will provide a pathway into "green" careers for Oneida County Youth with barriers to employment.  The program will provide young adults with job training, support and hands-on work experience so they can independently pursue opportunities in the new "green" economy. 

For more information contact- Dave Mathis (315) 798-5908 or 

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Empowered Pathways

Child Custody Advocate Program (CCAP):  CCAP program serves youth caught in a contentious custody battle.  Cases with high level of parental (or caregiver) conflict are referred by the court and an Advocate is appointed.  The Advocate gathers information of the people, resources and environments available to the child through interviews and site visits.  In turn, the Advocate makes a recommendation to the court in a formal report regarding the best interest of the child.

For more information contact- Stephanie Eghigian at Peacemaker Program at Empowered Pathways at (315) 724-1718 or

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Thea Bowman House

Kids with Promise:  Kids with Promise program strives to serve school age children who are at high risk, but are not eligible for child care or other subsides.  Services include free after school and summer vacation programs.  The program offers tutoring, homework help, creative development, physical activity, free meals and on site counseling through the DOVE program.  This program strives to unlock children's full potential.

For more information contact- Jane Domingue (315) 797-0748 or
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The Salvation Army (Rome)

The Salvation Army Youth Enrichment Services (SAYES) - This program is offered to children ages 5-18 in the Rome area.  It affords them the opportunity to develop social skills, learn and cultivate life skills, learn to play music and will allow them to develop as individuals in turn improving their overall confidence and self-esteem.

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

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The Salvation Army (Utica)

Get Yourself Motivated (GYM)-  This program is a Youth Drop-In Center designed to support low income families by providing a safe environment for children between the ages of 5-13 in the Greater Utica Area.  It is a safe haven for children that have little or no supervision when parents are at work and are in need of positive structure and supervision.

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

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Upstate Cerebral Palsy (UCP)

School Break Day Camp:  School Break Day Camp is for children residing in Oneida County.  These camps will provide week long recreational experiences at the Root Farm Facility in Sauquoit, NY that will include equine, agricultural and challenge course activities.  This program benefits participants by increasing their independence, self-confidence and ability to work well within a group setting.

For more information contact:  Peter Blanchfield (315) 520-7046 or

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Safe Schools Mohawk Valley

Underground Cafe:  The Underground Cafe Teen Center aspires to transform the experiences and perceptions of teens in Utica by creating venues for leadership, civic engagement and creative expression. This program includes the following:  After School Program, School breaks and summer programming, Leadership and Resiliency Skills and Service learning projects.

Mentoring Through Basketball:  Mentoring Through Basketball program develops skills of at-risk young men and allows them to meet their physical, social, moral and emotional needs.  The game of basketball is used to teach core principals such as team work, self-discipline, commitment, resilience and accountability.

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

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Adolescent Outreach:  This program provides violence education in Oneida County to youth ages 4-17 through school and community presentations.  This program introduces age-appropriate discussions surrounding domestic and dating violence, sexual abuse, bullying and a positive nonviolent understanding of how to form and nurture healthy relationships.

Sheltered Youth Project:  The Sheltered Youth Project is conducted in the Hall House, the agency's Utica area, 16 bed emergency domestic violence shelter, Lucy's House, its six-bed Rome area domestic violence safe dwelling and Safe Horizons, a seven-unit transitional housing program.  This program provides refuge for individuals who are fleeing domestic/sexual violence and allows them to receive support, referrals and safety planning so they can begin to live a violence-free life.

For more information contact- Dianne Stancato (315) 732-2159

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Oneida County Partners