Medina Journal-Register — BATAVIA — Each year, the Genesee & Orleans County Youth Bureaus administer Youth Development Program (YDP) funding made available to Genesee and Orleans Counties by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. In each county, the Youth Board reviews all proposals and submits funding recommendations to the County Legislature for final approval.
Funding is available to help programs that provide services, opportunities and supports designed to improve local youths and communities. Youths up to age 21 are among those who receive the services. Developed by the NY State Council on Children and Families, the Touchstones framework is organized in six Life Areas: Economic Security; Physical and Emotional Health; Education; Citizenship; Family; and Community. The goals and objectives are related to each other and call for comprehensive strategies to address any single aspect of children and family well-being.
The following organizations are eligible to apply for funding through the RFP: not-for-profits, community based organizations, faith based organizations and municipalities. Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations and Genesee and Orleans County municipalities that will operate to meet goals identified in the Touchstone Life Areas.
Applications are now available and can be obtained by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The due date for completed proposals is Dec. 30. For additional information, contact Jocelyn Sikorski, Youth Bureau Director, at 344-3960.