The mission of the Division of Youth Services is to assure every youth a fair and equal opportunity to attain his/her full potential with services to strengthen family life and support families in the essential function of nurturing the youth’s overall development.
We administer NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) grant funding to promote positive youth development, increase youth developmental assets and decrease juvenile delinquency. We also advocate for youth empowerment opportunities in the community, increase public awareness of youth issues, and enhance community resources for children and youth through inter-agency collaborations.
Additionally, we provide free, confidential short- term supportive services for Dutchess County youth ages 4 to 21 years, who are dealing with personal, family, or school difficulties. We also provide workshops to community and youth groups on various topics such as diversity education, how to deal with anger, communication, relationships.
Division of Youth Services administers funds for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).
Appointments to the Youth Board and Coordinating Council are made by the County Executive and approved by the County Legislature
The Youth Council provides an opportunity to participate in leadership and positive development opportunities
We promote the 40 Developmental Assets as an essential part of strengthening families and supporting them in their role of nurturing their children