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Oct. 1, 2010

Application Deadline is Nov. 12 -

State Grant Funds Are Earmarked for Youth Development Programs

Not for profit organizations have until Friday, Nov 12 to apply for grant funds through the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

"These state grant funds are allocated annually by the Youth Bureau Board of Directors to not-for-profit agencies," said Youth Bureau Director Kathleen Fenlon. "Youth Development Delinquency Prevention (YDDP) funds are intended to support services that provide opportunities for positive youth development and help youth attain the developmental assets needed to grow up to be competent, caring and healthy adults."

Examples of services provided by YDDP include recreation and cultural, information and referral, character education, after school programs, physical health, youth advocacy, basic life support, social and emotional health, family support, and youth leadership and empowerment.

Fenlon said that a separate amount of state funding is designated as Special Delinquency Prevention Funds (SDPP). The program supports services that are aimed at keeping youth from becoming involved in the juvenile justice system or being chronically dependent on the human services system.

"These funds are intended to provide positive youth development programs for youth from across Oswego County," said Fenlon. "The Youth Bureau Board of Directors will carefully consider each proposal to ensure that a large cross-section of youth are served from different age groups and geographic areas in the county."

New applicants must call the youth bureau at 315-349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451 and request an application package. New applicants are also encouraged to schedule an appointment with youth bureau staff prior to completing an application, in order to review the application requirements.

The YDDP and SDPP funding is from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, and programs supported by this funding cannot charge a fee for participation. For further information, those interested can contact Brian Chetney at the Youth Bureau at 315-349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451.

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