Office of Children and Family Services

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Services

Youth Development

The Office of Youth Development (OYD) was created to design, coordinate and promote innovative strategies to advance youth development. These strategies will cut across all disciplines at the state and local levels. The goal is for all New York State youth to reach their full potential and become healthy, productive adults.

The Office of Youth Development supports and funds programs and initiatives that enable youth to build on their strengths. It supports programs that provide opportunities for youth to gain important life skills and core competencies, and that allow youth to have meaningful roles in their communities. Youth development initiatives benefit young people in their homes and neighborhoods, in schools, as well as in foster care and residential treatment.

YouthPartnership is key. The Office of Youth Development staff work collaboratively within OCFS and with other state agencies, youth bureaus, local governments, contract agencies, schools, public and private organizations, the faith-based community, and with young people and their families.

The Office of Youth Development is an active member of the Partners for Children Youth Development Team, a state-level public/private partnership focused on positive outcomes for New York State youth.

Regional Staff

Regional Youth Development Coordinators work with communities to plan and achieve positive youth development opportunities. In that role, they:

Administer Funding

  • Youth Development Programs
  • Runaway & Homeless Youth (RHYA) Programs

Support County Planning

  • Integrated County Planning

Provide Training and Technical Assistance directly and collaboratively with:

  • Association of New York State Youth Bureaus (ANYSYB)
  • Empire State Coalition
  • Community-based Organizations
  • Local Governments
  • Schools

The Office of Youth Development continues to further support the Youth Development policy of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. OYD contracted with the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality: A Joint Venture of the Forum for Youth Investment and High/Scope Educational Research Foundation to develop an assessment tool to gauge the features of positive youth developmental settings that is collected within our Quality Youth Development System. This was based on the 8 features of positive youth development settings that have been established by the National Research Council.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
NYS Office of Children & Family Services
Office of Youth Development
Capital View Office Park
North Building, Room 336
52 Washington Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Telephone Numbers:
(518) 474-4110

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