The mission of the Oneida County Youth Bureau is to serve our youth. Below is a list of the initiatives that the Youth Bureau has developed and executed from 2009-2016. Over the course of those 8 years through these initiatives the Oneida County Youth Bureau has served over 26,210 youth within Oneida County.
- DWI Baseball Classic: 758 Youth Served (2012-2016)
A few rain drops did not dampen the opening ceremony for the 5th annual STOP DWI BASEBALL CLASSIC, which was played April 29th and 30th at Murnane field in Utica. All ten participating teams were on the field, as a moment of silence was held for 2013 Oneida HS Graduate Kane Buss, who was killed by a drunk driver, as he exited Destiny Mall, January 18, 2015. As always, the Classic ran in conjunction with the Oneida County STOP DWI’s Teen Traffic Safety Education Program that is presented to Oneida County High School students prior to the prom, senior ball and graduation season. The goal of the classic is to expand our mission of educating youth and our community on the dangers of making destructive decisions. The two day event was attended by 1,600 people, 7,400 through five classics. Those in attendance, along with the participating teams took advantage of the outstanding educational presentations by our educational partners: The NYS Police, the Oneida County Sheriff’s, DOT, Insight House, Center for Family Life and Recovery and the Oneida County Health Department.
- Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up: 2,896 Youth Served and 671 Senior Citizens Yards Cleaned (2009-2016)
The multiple award winning 8th Annual Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up, collaboration between the Oneida County Youth Bureau, theOneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care, Oneida County colleges, school districts and youth organizations had 535 youth volunteers deliver general yard clean-up services to 100 senior citizen locations county-wide.
- Sidewalk Art Contest: 7,321 Youth Served (2009-2016)
The 8th Annual Sidewalk Art Contest was held at Oneida County municipalities and youth serving agencies the week of July 4th 2016. Children in age specific categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18 had the opportunity to draw a positive image on a single sidewalk slab with chalk donated from Walmart and Target. This year 1,200 youth county-wide participated hoping to reach the finals that were held Thursday July 14th on the sidewalks that encompassed Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor on State Street in Utica. The finals competition had 80 youth compete. Medals were presented to the top three (3) finalists in each age category.
- Baseball Skills Clinic: *NEW INITIATIVE INTRODUCED 2016* 115 Youth Served (2016)
The Oneida County Youth Bureau completed their Inaugural Baseball Skills Clinic on Wednesday July 6th held at historic Murnane Field. The weather was perfect for the youth of Oneida County to participate and attend this FREE one day event. The Skills Clinic, presented by Accelerate Sports and the Utica Blue Sox players and staff, entertained 115 Oneida County youth that took advantage of an amazingly well run, organized and structured baseball learning experience for the kids.
- Youth Fun and Fitness Run: 275 Youth Served (2015-2016)
The 2016 Youth Fun & Fitness Run was completed on Wednesday August 6th at the MVCC Jorgensen Center. The Youth Fun & Fitness Run once again offered the youth of Oneida County a physical fitness component and an educational experience. Over 250 children and their families highlighted this annual event. Due to inclement weather this year we moved the race(s) to the indoor track in the MVCC Jorgensen Center. There were 121 children ages 4-13 that participated in their respective age specific race.
- Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up: 4,752 Youth Served and 1,539 Senior Citizens Yards Cleaned (2009-2016)
The multiple award winning 8th Annual Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up, collaboration between the Oneida County Youth Bureau, the Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care, Oneida County colleges, school districts and youth organizations had 850 youth volunteers deliver general yard clean-up services to 115 senior citizen locations county-wide.
Basketball Clinic: *NEW INITIATIVE INTRODUCED 2016* 155 Youth Served (2016)
The Oneida County Youth Bureau in partnership with the Utica College Men’s Basketball program collaborated on a FREE basketball clinic offered for youth ages 8-17 at the Clark Athletic Center. This first year endeavor between the two organizations reached 155 participants, both boys and girls, giving the kids a safe and enthusiastic environment to have fun and learn. The clinic was intended to teach youth about the fundamentals of basketball while interacting with other peers of various skill levels and backgrounds.
- Oneida County Children Care: 9,938 Youth Served / 18,475 Hours of Youth Community Service (2009-2016)
Oneida County Children Care, an Oneida County Youth Bureau initiative, recently completed its 8th successful year. The initiative, an initiative of civic engagement implemented in 2009, is collaboration between the Youth Bureau and 8 agencies the Youth Bureau funds that provide programming for youth. The intent of the project is to introduce our children to the invaluable lessons of community service through volunteerism. This year The Thea Bowman House, Utica Safe Schools, Cornell Cooperative Extension, The Neighborhood Center, Center for Family Life and Recovery, John Bosco House, Dodge Pratt and The Salvation Army of Utica all participated. In total there were 990 youth volunteers that gave 9,751 hours of volunteer service!