Youth Bureau News

The Putnam County Youth Board celebrated its “32nd Youth Awards Dinner” on April 7, 2017.

The Putnam County Youth Board celebrated its “32nd Youth Awards Dinner” on April 7, 2017. 

Once again we would like to congratulate all the winners and to thank everyone who participated in making this event such a success!

These special individuals have been recognized and commended for putting forth their valuable time and voluntary work efforts toward the community to improve the lives of others.  We thank you all!

 

2017 Youth Award Winners:

CAITLIN ANDERSEN
MAHOPAC HIGH SCHOOLJAMES CARMODY
CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL

JOSEPH DELLABATE
PUTNAM VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

MARY ESPOSITO
CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL

TAYLOR GANIS
MAHOPAC HIGH SCHOOL

AUSTIN GIACOMELLI
CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL

MEREDITH JENNINGS
CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL

SAMANTHA JOIA
MAHOPAC HIGH SCHOOL

PATRICK LAFONTAINE
CARMEL HIGH SCHOOLALESSANDRA LAROCCO

HALDANE HIGH SCHOOL

BEATRIZ LOPES
MAHOPAC HIGH SCHOOL

CAILA MCCAGHEY
PUTNAM VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

RUBY MCEWEN
HALDANE HIGH SCHOOL

EDMUND NORTHUP
JAMES I. O’NEIL HIGH SCHOOL

BETHANY ROLON
CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL

MOLLY ROSS
CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL

2017 Adult Award Winner:

PETER PRIOLO
Resident of Brewster

 

 

Teens~N~Kids Mentoring Program

 Putnam County Youth Court Celebrates “30” Years.

The Putnam County Youth Court is one of many successful programs run through the Putnam County Youth Bureau Department. Putnam County Youth Court is a unique and effective growing prevention and intervention program. It has been making a difference in the lives of young people throughout Putnam County since 1987.The Putnam County Youth Court Program utilizes the Youth Judge Model and thru this program, youth gain a better understanding of their rights, the rights of others and the importance of their role in the justice system. This past December, Youth Court inducted 32 new members into the program. Youth Court Volunteers are from every school district in Putnam County. Members learn about the importance of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and why we have laws.

They must complete a 10-week training program, attend a Carmel Court Observation, take a tour of the Sheriff Department and pass a Bar Exam.

This year we are excited to announce that all 32 new trainees successfully completed training and passed their Bar Exam.  This program would not be the success that is without the assistance from our experienced Youth Court members and our community expert speakers. These speakers are from the Probation Department, the Magistrates Association, the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff Department, our County and Town Judges, and the Bar Association. We are proud to say, over the last 30 years. Youth Court maintains over a 95% success rating, with a recidivism rate of less than 1%.

Youth Court members are making a difference!

 

My Experience at Putnam County Youth Bureau

For the past six weeks, I have had the amazing opportunity to intern at Putnam County Youth Bureau. Through the Putnam County PILOT Program high school, college and graduate school students are able to apply to intern with county departments to gain a hands-on experience in the field that they hope to one day work for. In the fall I will be starting my last year as a Social Work Master’s student at Fordham University. I wanted to spend my last summer as a student gaining experience before I graduate next May. The Youth Bureau was the perfect department for me to gain that experience. Over the past six weeks I have been able to attend the Putnam County Health Summit, Youth Program Directors Meetings, and multiple county coalition meetings that the Youth Bureau is a part of. I have also been involved in specific Youth Bureau programs, such as Youth Board, SIDNE, Youth Court and Adventure Camp. Youth Board is comprised of youth and adult members that live, attend school, or work in Putnam. The Board focuses on needs and programs for the youth in Putnam. SIDNE, is a simulated safe driving course that uses our Simulated Impaired Driving Experience go-cart, simulated distracted driving game Distract-A-Match, and a simulated field sobriety test. The Youth Bureau offers the course for upcoming high school seniors that will be driving to schools in the county. Youth Court, is a peer court for youth to gain court experience and community service, through a ten week judicial system training. Youth Court members hold hearings for first time defendants 7-16 years old who committed violations or misdemeanors in the county. Adventure Camp is a new program this summer that offers a free four day summer camp experience to youth ages 9-15 in the county at Camp Herrlich. One of my most successful experiences here has been the Teen Resource Guide that I had the opportunity to work on for the Reproductive Health Coalition through Planned Parenthood, which I was able to research and gather agencies that offer services to youth in Putnam County. My summer at the Youth Bureau has given me many opportunities that will help me with my career as a social worker, such as community outreach experience, education through trainings, and knowledge on resources and services available in the community.

Putnam County Youth Bureau is offering “FREE” Adventure Camp Program at Camp Herrlich. Slots are still available for kids, ages 9-15 years old.

Putnam County Youth Bureau is offering “FREE” Adventure Camp Program at Camp Herrlich.
Slots are still available for kids, ages 9-15 years old.
It is an opportunity for kids to build leadership skills through various activities, such as team building exercises and outdoor adventures.

Adventure Camp Flyer

Take a look at the CTC Summer Newsletter

Take a look at the CTC Summer Newsletter!

The Summer Newsletter 2016 

 

Communities That Care (CTC) is a five step comprehensive
prevention approach that provides research-based tools to help
communities identify and address risk and protective factors
associated with substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy,
school dropout and violence.

This approach was developed by researchers at the University of
Washington and is based on over 20 years of rigorous national research
from a variety of fields (sociology, psychology, education, public health,
criminology, medicine, and organizational development).

Click here to learn more!

The Putnam County Youth Bureau recognized the graduating high school seniors who volunteered in the Youth Court, Youth Board and the Teens N Kidz Mentoring program at the Putnam County Legislature meeting.

16 Senior Ceremony youth 16 Senior Ceremony staff 16 Senior Ceremony youth and staff

The Putnam County Youth Bureau celebrated the 31st Annual Youth Awards

The Putnam County Youth Bureau celebrated the 31st Annual Youth Award Dinner held on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Putnam County Golf Club. There were over 80 youth nominated for this award and the Youth Board selected 17 youth to receive the award for their outstanding volunteer service in Putnam County.  Also, honored at the dinner were Cliff & Judy Fitzgerald and Sue Stone as the Adult Award winners.