The Schoharie County Youth Bureau Mission & Goals 2013
Mission Statement, Goals, and Objectives forThe Schoharie County Youth BureauJuly 2011(Revised May 2012, May 2013)Youth not only represent future leaders, producers, and citizens, but they are an extremelyvaluable resource today.
3TABLE OF CONTENTSPage Number1. Introduction 42. Purpose of Re-evaluation Plan 43. What is positive youth development? 54. Why we Use the positive youth development model 55. Vision Of Schoharie County Youth Bureau 66. Mission statement 67. Who we are serving 68. Direction of the Schoharie County Youth Bureau 69. Core Principles of Youth Bureau Programs and Services 710. Goals and Objectives 8-1511. How we are currently meeting our goals (current programs) 1612. What we need to do to meet these goals (future programs) 1713. Committees and Boards 1714. Resources 17
4Introduction:The re-evaluation plan of the Youth Bureau’s mission, goals, and objectives isintended to be a road map for future Youth Bureau programs, services, supports,and organizational development. This will be the first step towards developing acomprehensive strategic plan. In the development of the Strategic Plan, we willbe recognizing the Youth Bureau’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities andthreats. In the process of creating our strategic plan, the Youth Bureau will beable to position themselves to fully appreciate some of the underlying challengesfacing our youth and react accordingly.This plan has been developed by the Director of the Schoharie County YouthBureau with much assistance from the Youth Bureau staff, The Youth Board Chairand the Youth Board, The Youth Board sub- committee (tasked with assisting inthis process), as well as many youth serving professionals from the community.PurposeThe purpose of this plan is to reflect on the mission, vision, and core operatingvalues of the Schoharie County Youth Bureau in order to meet the increasingdemand for quality youth programs and services, while facing ever decreasingfunding and resources. This document will serve as a tool to aid in the re-evaluation and reorganization of the Youth Bureau to better serve and advocatefor the youth of Schoharie County.In light of the recent and drastic reductions in the amount of state fundingthrough the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and the possibility oflosing control over this funding stream it has become very important for theYouth Bureau to utilize all available resources to ensure that we are able toremain an active and positive force in the county.
5What is Positive Youth Development?Before we can fully appreciate the importance and the value of the Schoharie CountyYouth Bureau, I feel it is important to understand the key principle behind everything that wedo here at the Youth Bureau. That key principle is the Positive Youth Development (PYD)model. PYD is a well established and evidence based approach that helps all youth develop andgrow into happy and productive adults. Through this process youth are given the opportunitiesand challenges that will promote and build upon their individual strengths, recognize theirweakness, and give them the skills and the belief in their skills to successfully navigate thechallenges of adolescents to arrive prepared for adulthood. Below I have a few examples of thedefinition of PYD and why it is an important tool in the development of our programs andservices.“...the ongoing growth process in which all youth are engaged in attempting to (1) meet theirbasic personal and social needs to be safe, feel cared for, be valued, be useful, and be spirituallygrounded, and (2) to build skills and competencies that allow them to function and contribute in theirdaily lives.”~Karen Pittman, 1993, Forum for Youth InvestmentPositive youth development is a process that prepares young people to meet the challenges ofadolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences,which help them to become socially, morally, emotionally, physically, and cognitively competent. Itaddresses the broader developmental needs of youth, in contrast to deficit-based models, which focussolely on youth problems~National Collaboration for Youth Members, 1998.Positive youth development strives to help young people develop the inner resources and skills theyneed to cope with pressures that might lead to unhealthy and antisocial behaviors. It aims to promoteand prevent, not to treat or remediate. Prevention of undesirable behaviors is one outcome of positiveyouth development, but there are others including the production of self-reliant, self confident adultswho can become responsible members of society.~Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, 1992.Why we use the Positive Youth Development modelResearch indicates that young people who are surrounded by a variety of opportunities forengagement encounter less risk and ultimately show evidence of higher rates of successful transitionsinto adulthood (Alberts, Chase, Naudeau, Phelps, & Lerner, 2006; Bandy & Moore, 2009; Eccles &Gootman, 2002; Roth & Brooks-Gunn, 2000; Pittman, Irby, & Ferber, 2001; Pittman, 1999; Lerner,2004).The absence of major problems is not sufficient to ensure a healthy future. Our economy and societywill benefit from having more young people arrive at adulthood with skills, interests, and habits tomake them productive members of society.(Center for Early Adolescence 2011)
6VisionThat Schoharie County is a safe, engaging place for all youth to grow,learn, and develop into happy, healthy, and productive adults.Mission StatementIt is the mission of the Schoharie County Youth Bureau to promote andadvocate for the empowerment and well being of the youth of SchoharieCounty by incorporating Positive Youth Development methods in ourdirect and supportive programs and services.Who we serveIt is our belief that all youth will benefit more in programs that are designed to incorporateyouth from different backgrounds which puts the primary focus on positive outcomes ratherthan deficit based programming that focus on negative behaviors. We will continue to provideprogramming that meets these criteria, but will remain flexible in order to provide services andprograms for specific at risk youth populations as needed.Direction of the Schoharie County Youth BureauWith a fresh perspective on our mission, goals and objectives, understanding what we do welland how we best serve our youth, and the financial outlook we will be operating under for thenext few years, the Schoharie County Youth Bureau will pursue the following strategic direction.1. The SCYB will review and deepen our existing direct programs and services toensure they are meeting the needs of all youth and the community in which theylive; while continuing to work within the current financial environment.2. The SCYB will continue to support and work in collaboration with the many agenciesand organizations serving our youth. While seeking out and providing support fornew collaborative efforts that address both at risk and preventative services.3. The SCYB will continue to work to identify gaps in youth services and take aleadership role in coordinating efforts to meet the needs by utilizing all availableassets in the community.4. The SCYB will continue to explore and develop new and innovative programs tomeet the ever changing needs of our youth and their community.5. The SCYB will continue to be a valuable resource for the many youth servingagencies by providing the youth they serve access to our direct programs, byconnecting them with the many valuable resources in the county, and by providingdirect programming for their clientele.
7Core Principles of Youth BureauPrograms and Services Youth voice The positive youth development model Experiential Learning Advocating for youth Collaborative efforts Skill Development Engaging Civic responsibility Social skill building Meaningful challenges and experiences Opportunities to gain a sense of belonging Support youth’s successful transition into adulthood Promote positive attributes Promote healthy lifestyles Prevent negative influences Utilize all possible resources and assets in our community (available for our youth)that offer positive experiences and supports Develop positive relationships between youth and caring adults Provide youth with the opportunity to have a say in their own development Provide leadership opportunities Provide opportunities to all youth regardless of their risk level or economical status. Provide a safe environment, both physically and emotionally, for our youth Challenge by choice Opportunities for youth to meet new people 40 Developmental Assets- Search Institute Youth are opportunities to be a kid HAVE FUN
8Youth Bureau Goals and ObjectivesGoal 1: Provide young people access to positive experiences through our directprogramming, our funded programs, and through our collaborative effortswith other youth serving agencies and resources.Programs: Youth As Leaders (YAL) Summer Adventure program Traveling Arts & Crafts Program Bike Derby April Adventures Family Programs OCFS Funded ProgramsObjective 1: Provide varied experiences that incorporate our mission statement.Objective 2: Provide challenging programs that will bring youth out of their comfort zones,where they will be able to grow and learn what their strengths are.Objectives 3: Continue to expand our services into all parts of the county, making our programsaccessible to the outlying communities.Objective 4: Work with other youth serving agencies and organizations to cross promoteprograms and services for youth.Intermediate Outcome: Youth have multiple opportunities to engage in youth programming and services. Increase youth participation in quality youth programs and servicesEnd Outcome: The more opportunities youth have to be engaged in positive experiences thegreater chance they will have to be successful.
9Goal 2: Maximize our direct contact with the youth we serve through continuousservices and opportunities through each program and throughout thatyouth’s childhood.Programs: Youth As Leaders Summer Adventure Program Traveling Arts & Crafts April Adventures Family Programs OCFS Funded Programs Service Learning Program (possible new program) Youth As Leaders mentoring Program (possible new program)Objective 1: Provide increasingly challenging programming that will keep youth engagedthroughout their childhood.Objective 2: Provide longer length programs that have youth meeting multiple timesthroughout program.Objective 3: Keep staff to youth ratios low to ensure maximum adult /youth contact andmeaningful interaction.Objective 4: Direct contact with youth will provide the Youth Bureau with a valuable insightto the issues youth face, so that we can better advocate on their behalf.Intermediate Outcome Youth have the opportunities to participate and have consistent contact withqualified youth development professionals.End Outcome The more contact time youth have with Youth Bureau programs and staff willincrease the likelihood that they will have a smoother transition into adulthood.
10Goal 3: Connect youth to their community through engaging and meaningful activities.Programs: Youth As Leaders Programo Leadership Trainingo Service Learning Opportunitieso Connecting youth from all parts of the county Summer Adventureo Service Projectso Connecting Youth from different parts of the county Youth Service Day Youth Conference (funding cut for 2011) April Adventure Summer Adventure Program Anti Bullying Programso Rachel’s Challengeo Point Break Service Learning Program(possible new program)Objective 1: Provide meaningful service projects that connect youth to various components oftheir community.Objective 2: Provide opportunities for youth to meet other youth from different towns andschools.Objective 3: Provide programs that connect youth to positive adult role models.Intermediate Outcome Youth begin to feel a part of their community and develop a sense of civicresponsibility.End Outcome The civic responsibility will carry over with them into adulthood. Youth becomeresponsible and productive adults that will take the lessons they learned andbecome active members in their communities.
11Goal 4: Strengthen our connection and impact in our school districts and their students.Programs: YAL After School Programso Helping Hands- Schoharieo Ryder/ Radez After School Program Fairs & Awareness Days Conservation Day Youth Conference (funding cut for 2011) Adventure Programs for Middleburgh School Outing Club Head Start Graduation Family Fun Day ACE program -Gilboa Conesville School (funding only)*Funding cut 2011 Anti Bullying Programso Rachel’s Challengeo Point Break Character Development Pilot Program Schoharie Elementary SchoolObjective 1: Provide our schools with additional resources for mutual benefits for both theschool and the community.Objective 2: To become a regular and consistent presence in our schools to increase ourconnection to the youth we serve.Objective 3: Students will be connected to additional Youth Bureau programs & services.Intermediate Outcomes Students will have increased opportunities to improve their success in school,both academically and socially. Schools will see a decrease in negative behaviors and an increase in positive ones.End Outcome Students will have had a more meaningful and connected school experiencewhich will aid in a smoother transition into adulthood.
12Goal 5: Strengthen our connection and collaborative efforts with other youth servingagencies and organizations (non school) in the county.Programs and Services: Adventure Programs for Family Support Project April Adventures- 4-H Legislative Interns- Cornell Cooperative Leadership Workshops- Fields of Grace Holiday Programs (Holiday Train & Toys For Tots Train) - SCCAP Referral opportunities to our direct programso Division of Social Services (DSS)o Family Support Projecto Berkshire Farmso Parsonso Mental Health Case managemento Northeast Parento Probationo SchoolsObjective 1: To work together to provide the youth of Schoharie County with the services theyneed for healthy development.Objective 2: Share information and resources to prevent overlapping services and to fill ingaps in services.Objective 3: Work effectively in economically tough times/ collaborate on grant projects.Objective 4: Co- develop and implement new programs and initiatives to meet the needand challenges of our youth identified through our collaborative efforts.Intermediate Outcomes Increased collaborative efforts between agencies and organizations.End Outcome Schoharie County youth serving agencies and organizations will continue to growand strengthen our efforts to provide the necessary resources for all youth todevelop into productive adults.
13Goal 6: Give youth a voice and a say in the decisions that will affect them.Programs and services: Youth Board members Youth As Leaders Advancing Youth Development Trainings Youth Forum and Legislative Day in AlbanyObjective 1: Provide youth with opportunities in our programs to have meaningful input thatis incorporated in to the programs they participate in.Objective 2: Provide youth with leadership skills so they can advocate for themselves.Objective 3: Continue to educate and train adults who serve or work with youth on theimportance giving youth a voice in matters that affect them directly.Objective 4: Utilize our youth’s voices as an invaluable resource to increase our understandingof effective prevention and intervention efforts.Intermediate Outcomes Increased youth connection and ownership to the programs and servicesavailable to them.End Outcome Youth will have a better understanding of working in partnership with others todevelop better solutions.
14Goal 7: Continue to strengthen and increase our role on youth serving committees &organizations.Committees and Organizations: Child At Risk Response Team (CARRT) Juvenile Justice Sub Committee Creating Healthy Places Partnership Friends of Mine Kill State Park Liberty Partnership Program Advisory Board Schoharie County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Board Human Resources Coordinating Council SUNY Cobleskill Student Engagement Advisory Board Suicide Prevention Task Force Creating Healthy Places Partnership Healthy Families New York Capital District Youth Bureau Association Association of New York Youth Bureaus Office of Youth Development- OCFS Schoharie County Community Action Program- Board of DirectorsObjective 1: Stay informed on the many issues and challenges facing our youth.Objective 2: Remain and build upon our relationships with others who are a part of the samecommittees. Offer Youth Bureau services for those who these committees are set up to serve.Objective 3: Collaborate on grant opportunities.Objective 4: Look for additional opportunities to participate on committees or boards that will bemutually beneficial for all parties involved.Outcomes Position the Youth Bureau to be a valuable resource for which others can utilize ourprograms, services, and experiences working directly with the youth in our county. Youth Bureau Programs will remain flexible and relevant to the current challenges facingour youth through the increased networking and information sharing.
15Goal 8: Incorporate and promote healthy lifestyle practices into our programs and services.Committees and Organizations: Creating Healthy Places Partnership Healthy Families New York Friends of Mine Kill State ParkObjective 1: When food and beverages are offered, provide healthy options for snacks, meals, andbeverages.Objective 2: Provide programs that promote physical activities. Especially those activities that can becarried into adulthood.Objective 3 Assist other organizations and agencies spread the healthy lifestyle message.Objective 4: Advocate for the importance of a healthy lifestyle in the positive development of ouryouth.Objective 5: Advocate and support community development that supports a healthy and activelifestyle.Immediate Outcome Youth will have increased access to healthier nutritional options and physical activity toincrease their overall health and well being.End Outcome Youth continue to increase their healthy lifestyle into adulthood.
16Youth Bureau Direct Programs1. Youth As Leaders2. Summer Adventure Program3. April Adventure4. Traveling A&C5. Family ProgramsYouth Bureau One Day Events 20111. Rachel’s Challenge (2010 only)2. Point Break (2010, 2012, 2013)3. Youth Conference (Not doing this 2011)4. Youth Leadership Forum (Part of YAL Program)5. Youth Service Day6. YAL Puppet Show (Part of YAL Program)7. Bike DerbyYouth Bureau Services for other agencies and organizations1. After school Program Cobleskill2. Adventure Trips - Family Support4. Helping Hands after school program- SCS5. Legislative InternsOne Day Programs and Event the Youth Bureau Participates inProgram Sponsor Type of Involvement1. Health & Wellness Day CRSD Informational2. Health & Wellness Day SCS Informational3. Awareness Day MSC Program4. Conservation Day SCSW Program5. Leadership Training Fields of Grace Program6. Community Fun Day Esperance Informational7. FAM Fund Run Fenimore Assets Informational8. Holiday Train SCAPP Staff Help9. Toys For Tots Train SCAPP Staff/ Program10. Health & Safety Fair Schoharie County Informational11. Meet & Greet Juvenile Justice Comm. Informational12. Family Fun Day SC Head Start Informational13. Schoharie river Days Schoharie River Center Programming14. Independent Living Class Berkshire Farms Programming
17Future Programs to be implemented to help meet Youth Bureau Goals1. Peer Mentoring2. Year Round Adventure Programming3. Service Learning Program4. Career Readiness Program5. After School Programming6. Educational Programming7. Character Development Program8. 21stCentury After School Leadership ProgramCommittees & Boards1. Schoharie County Youth Bureau Youth Board2. Liberty Partnership Program Board3. Schoharie County Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Inc. (SCCASA) Board4. Friends of Mine Kill State Park Board5. Juvenile Justice Committee6. Suicide Prevention Task Force7. Human Services Coordinating Council8. Capital District Youth Bureau Association9. Creating Healthy Places Partnership10. Schoharie County Department Head Association11. Schoharie County Community Action Program Board12. Child At Risk Response TeamAdditional Resources Association for New York State Youth Bureaus www.anysyb.net 40 Developmental Assets www.search-institute.org The National Resource Center for Youth Development http://www.nrcyd.ou.edu/ The Office of Youth Development (Department of OCFS) www.ocfs.state.ny.us New York State Touchstonehttp://www.ccf.state.ny.us/initiatives/TouchstonesHome.htm