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Broome County Announces $180,000 In Funding For Youth Programs

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Funding to support youth programming in Broome County was announced at a press conference on Friday morning. $180,000 in grant money will be spread over 13 different organizations that provide programming and support services for youth in the community.

County Executive Jason Garnar made the announcement at the Children's Home, one of the funding recipients. The Children's Home will be using the money for their community garden, which teaches kids about agriculture and provides them healthy vegetables to eat. 

"Youth are so important in our community," says Garnar. 

The funding recipients were selected by the Broome County Youth Bureau. Garnar says the bureau is comprised of professionals who have experience working with youth and know what is needed in the community. The funding was approved by the Broome County Legislature in December.

The programs being funded range from recreational activities to trauma support to mentoring. Garnar says many of the programs run in the summer when area youth are out of school with little to do. He says this funding is important because it completes some holes in the budget that might not otherwise allow for summer programming to happen. 

"It provides that gap funding that they may need to actually do their program. You might see a program that we're giving $10,000 to, but the program might have cost $20,000 to run during the summer, but without the funding that we gave them, they might not have been able to do the whole program anyway," says Garnar, "So, part of the funding comes from leveraging funding from the agency to be able to have that program. So, yes, it is very important that we're able to do this. Especially in the summer time."

Below is a list of the programs receiving funding. 

  • Summer Playground - City of Binghamton Parks: A supervised recreational program in the parks for children ages Pre-K to 4th grade. 
  • Summer Zone - Binghamton University: Provides at-risk youth with a structured learning environment over the summer to prevent summer learning loss. 
  • Gateway/Connection Center - Catholic Charities of Broome County: Provides school and community based counseling and case management for youth ages 8 to 21 years old and their families.
  • Farm To Home - Children's Home: A community garden that teaches kids about agriculture while providing them with healthy food options.
  • Winter Skate, Youth Basketball, Softball, and Field Hockey - Town of Colesville
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County - 4H Youth Development Center at Finch Hollow: Provides hands-on STEM programming for youth. 
  • Safe Harbour - Crime Victims Assistance Center: Offers support, case management, and counseling to youth with a history of trauma.
  • Pathways Program - JC Central School District: A guidance program to lead high school students to college or a career.
  • Special Hockey Festival and Competition - Life is Washable Inc.: Two events that provide an accessible hockey experience to youth both with and without disabilities.
  • Compeer Youth Mentoring - Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier: A mentoring service for youth under the age of 18 who are at risk.
  • Library Program, Playground Program, and Waterman Conservation Education Center - Town of Vestal
  • Grow Binghamton - VINES: A six-week program at the Binghamton Urban Farm teaches kids about growing produce and civic engagement.
  • Teen Transitional Living Program - Catholic Charities of Broome County: A supportive housing program for runaway and homeless youth.