News Release


For More Information:

William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021,

August 9, 2001


Grants from County Will Assist Programs for Youth

Poughkeepsie. . . County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced the signing of several grants under the Youth Assets Program conducted by the Dutchess County Youth Bureau with the support of the Children’s Services Council.  Under the program, a total of $20,000 is available to local organizations that submit approved proposals.

The County Executive noted, “The variety and creativity of the selected programs offer a wide range of activities to youngsters of all ages and in all parts of the county.   Through community involvement, youth are guided in constructive use of their time and gain positive values, social and self-awareness.  Best of all, they have fun learning and are in a safe, healthy, disciplined environment.”

The grants will help fund various activities in the cities and towns of Dutchess County.  Among these are:




Others receiving grant dollars are Stanford Free Library, Martin Luther King Cultural Center (Beacon Skate Park Coalition), Rhinebeck Connections, Inc., Hudson River Housing, Youth Mission Outreach, New Hope Community Center, Mental Health Association, Stanford Recreation, Mill Street Loft and Camp Ramapo Anchorage. 

According to Executive Director of the Youth Bureau, Betsy Brockway, an exciting new initiative, KIDS FIRST FAIR, will be an added to the Youth Assets Program.  “The Girl Scouts of Dutchess County will coordinate this special event.  It will encompass 40 local not-for-profit agencies, each demonstrating one of the 40 developmental ‘building blocks of healthy development’ that help young people to remain healthy, caring and responsible citizens,” she said.  The Fair will be held in late fall at a central location and is geared toward families with children aged pre-school through teen.

County Executive Steinhaus added, “Our Youth Asset Program is an aspect of the Youth Bureau that allows us to reach out to the youth of the county through programs that hold their interest and, at the same time, instill a sense of responsibility to the community and their peers.  The KIDS FIRST FAIR concept is a way to deliver our message to a major percentage of county youth and demonstrate the diversity of the programs that are available.”

For more information about any of these organizations or programs, please contact the Dutchess County Youth Bureau at 845/486-3660.


2001 Press Releases