Youth Bureau

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau was established by Oswego County resolution number 147 in 1974, consolidating the new county department with the Oswego City Youth Bureau that had been in existence since 1963. It is supported, in part, with state aid from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. The focus of the Youth Bureau system in NYS is to provide positive youth development opportunities for all youth, as well as early prevention services for youth at risk of becoming involved in delinquent behavior. The Youth Bureau also oversees Oswego County Parks & Recreation.

The NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Oswego City, Oswego County, State University College at Oswego, Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation, USDA Summer Feeding, federal AmeriCorps, US Tennis Association, program sponsors, and fees, fund the Youth Bureau and Parks & Recreation services.  The Youth Bureau also applies for other grants as they become available. Two staff are employees of the City of Oswego, the rest are county employees.

The Youth Bureau directly provides several youth development programs, including Leadership Oswego County Youth program, County Youth Advisory Council, Circle of Security Parenting Classes (New for 2019), AmeriCorps program, Youth Court, Little Free Libraries, Lego Club, and Springboard Mural Project.  The Youth Bureau Executive Director is the chair of the Workforce Development Board of Oswego County Youth Committee. The Youth Bureau also coordinates services for runaway and homeless youth in Oswego County.  The Youth Bureau Executive Director serves as the Runaway and Homeless Coordinator for Oswego County.   

The Youth Bureau Board of Directors allocates funds from NYSOCFS to community agencies for youth development initiatives and recreation programs. 

The Parks and Recreation division of the Youth Bureau is responsible for operation of Camp Hollis, a residential camp in the Town of Oswego; Camp Zerbe, a nature park in the Town of Williamstown; and Independence Trail, a nature trail adjacent to Independence Station in the Town of Scriba.  The division also enhances local municipal recreation summer programs, including drop-in programs in the parks in Fulton and Oswego, and provides children's performers (Traveling Arts in the Parks) and a county-wide beginning tennis program.

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Questions about the Youth Bureau? 
Oswego City-County Youth Bureau/Parks and Recreation
70 Bunner St. 
Oswego, NY 13126 
315-349-3451