Youth Bureau Mission: To serve youth and families through asset development and advocacy, prevention, and intervention programs that strengthen families and communities.
810 East Ferry Street
Buffalo, NY 14211
Welcome to the website of the Erie County Youth Bureau! The ECYB annually grants funding to community based organizations providing positive youth development programs throughout Erie County. Funded agencies are selected through a competitive “Request for Proposal” process. Agency's past performance, monitoring, and performance measures are also taken into consideration. In addition, the ECYB enables Local Youth Bureaus to be eligible for New York State aid to run youth service and recreation programs. Youth services are offered in the following funding categories:
- Youth Development Programs (YDP)
- Runaway & Homeless Youth Agencies (RHYA)
- Summer Primetime Programs
Each contracted agency/Local Youth Bureau is required to show performance measures. These measures provide data to display the quantitative and qualitative impact agencies are making in the lives of youth. In addition, all programs funded by the ECYB are monitored annually to ensure youth are receiving the highest level of quality programming available. These (usually) unannounced onsite monitoring visits are completed by the Program Planning Coordinator, the Director of the ECYB, and/or members of the Erie County Youth Board. Together these measures ensure the ECYB operates similarly to a highly functioning foundation.
The ECYB is also responsible for developing a Five Year Comprehensive Plan to identify youth needs throughout the county. That plan is then used to guide the ECYB in supporting agencies that provide programming to meet those needs identified in the Five Year Comprehensive Plan.
The ECYB has a volunteer advisory board that includes youth and adult community members. The members assist with reviewing, scoring and making allocation recommendations for grant proposals submitted in response to Requests for Proposals from the ECYB. The Board members also assist with onsite monitoring of funded agencies and researching additional funding sources.
The Erie County Youth Bureau (ECYB) falls under the leadership of the Department of Social Services and its offices are housed at the Youth Services Center located at 810 East Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY 14211.
Examples of programs funded by the ECYB are afterschool programs, mentoring programs, literacy programs, technology instruction programs, leadership programs, job readiness training programs, counseling programs, mentoring programs, and more.
Help is available to prepare foster youth to prepare for, apply to, and receive financial aid for college. Visit the Youth in Care Corner website at www.youthincare.org/ OR visit the Higher Education Services Corporation Go College NY website at www.gocollegeny.org/
Should you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Erie County Youth Bureau, please do not hesitate to contact the ECYB staff at any time.