Youth Bureau


Contact Information


David Michael Barry, Jr.
Executive Director


Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau

Monroe Community Hospital
435 E. Henrietta Rd.
Room 1FE16
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: 585 753-6455
Fax: 585 753-6281

Since 1960, the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau has been a planning, funding, and coordinating agency which is dedicated to developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive system of services for youth in the Rochester and Monroe County community. We believe youth and their families deserve the best services possible.

To make this happen, we:

  • Help plan and coordinate services for youth
  • Assess youth needs to determine funding priorities
  • Promote partnerships with agencies and community providers for comprehensive services
  • Provide funding to youth service agencies
  • Monitor and evaluate Youth Bureau funded programs to ensure quality services
  • Coordinate Runaway and Homeless services for youth
  • Study/examine different segments of the youth services system and issues that affect youth
  • Advocate for legislation, systems change, and funding to improve/assist the youth services system
  • Create mentoring opportunities for youth to interact with seniors, professionals, and community leaders


We promote a positive future for all youth.


To create a community that supports a comprehensive range of opportunities for positive youth development.

Youth As Resources (YAR)

Youth As Resources seeks to empower and engage youth as partners with adults in creating positive community change and development. Youth and adult members govern the YAR board which provides mini grants to local youth in order to develop and carry out service projects that addresses a clear community need.

To find out more about YAR, please click here

The 2017 Legislative Youth Awards

For many years, the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau has worked with the Monroe County Legislature to identify and honor exceptional youth and adults who serve as youth advocates in our community. Once again, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Legislature President Anthony Daniele and the entire Legislature Body honored recipients at our annual Youth Awards ceremony on June 6th at the newly renovated MCC Auditorium. Over 130 youth and youth supporters were recognized for the efforts!

2017 Monroe County Intergenerational Fishing Day

On Friday, April 21st,youth, parents, grandparents and area seniors gathered once again to fish at Powder Mills Park for the Annual Monroe County Intergenerational Fishing Day. The Monroe County Fishing Advisory Board (MCFAB) once again provided fishing rods to the youth participating in this year’s Fishing Day. The NYS DEC provided lessons to all present on how to properly catch and release fish on the beautiful spring day and the RMCYB and OFA handed out awards to several participants. Thank you to all of our generous partners the Monroe County Fishing Advisory Board, the Reidman Foundation, the Monroe County Parks Department, the Monroe County Office for the Aging, and the NYS DEC.

The Monroe County Holiday Toy Giveaway

On Saturday, December 17th Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Gary Smith, Founder and Executive Director of the Pirate Toy Fund hosted a toy giveaway for children in need at the Blue Cross Arena. Over 3,000 children were invited to attend and receive a toy that was generously donated by Monroe County residents. “I’m proud to join the Pirate Toy Fund this holiday season so that children in our community can experience the joy of receiving a gift,” said Dinolfo. “Every day, I am so impressed by the spirit of County residents and their collective will to help each other. Once again, our community has demonstrated the strength of its generosity and the dedication of its charitable organizations. I want to thank Gary for his partnership in this toy fund and for his many years of bringing smiles to the faces of our young people.” Gary Smith, affectionately known in Monroe County as “Gary the Happy Pirate,” collects thousands of toys every year for the Pirate Toy Fund. Donated toys come primarily from generous County residents, and are then distributed to children in need. "This is a special event near and dear to me that I've been wanting to do for almost 10 years. With the help of the County and our sponsors, we've made it a reality. Hopefully this will become an annual holiday tradition bringing smiles to children for years to come," said Gary the Happy Pirate, Founder and Executive Director of the Pirate Toy Fund. The Pirate Toy Fund was founded in 1995 by local children’s entertainer “Gary the Happy Pirate.” It collects donated toys and distributes them to children suffering from illness, tragedy or children with special needs. Since its inception, the Pirate Toy Fund has distributed nearly 250,000 toys and continues to pursue new avenues to expand its mission. The Monroe County Department of Human Services (DHS) helped organize the toy giveaway, sending invitations to 3,000 children who otherwise may not receive gifts this holiday season.

The 2016 Intergenerational Holiday Ball

On Wednesday, December 14th County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo welcomed over 400 youth and seniors to the Annual Monroe County Intergenerational Holiday Ball. This fun event brings our community's older adults and high school seniors together for a fun night of good food, music, dancing, and learning about each other. The students arrived early and served as hosts, helping the guests find their tables, and then they enjoyed some food and new found friendships. All of the participants enjoyed their conversation and learning about where each other come from.

The 6th Annual Intergenerational Fall Clean Up

On Saturday, October 22nd Monroe County hosted the 6th Intergenerational Fall Clean Up. This annual event brings together youth from Monroe County's area high schools and colleges to rake and sweep the properties of seniors in our community who could use the extra help with their fall chores. The IGL Fall Clean Up is entering its 6th year, and once again our number of volunteers exceeded 300 youth which allowed us to help seniors in over 60 homes. Thank you to all who participated, and to sign up or learn more about our 2017 event, please contact Christina Coury at

The 2016 Monroe County Summer Reading Program

On July 18th, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo kicked-off the 2016 Summer Reading Program which runs through August 24th. This fun and engaging program encourages youth in our community to continue to read throughout the summer. To sign up for the 2016 Monroe County Summer Reading Program, and for complete details of the program, go to All participating youth who read and complete their challenges will receive the prize of a free pass to the Seneca Park Zoo. The participant who reads the most books in each reading level will be awarded a grand prize where up to four members of their families will join County Executive Dinolfo at a Rochester Red Wings game and they will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game!

The 2016 Legislative Youth Awards

For many years, the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau has worked with the Monroe County Legislature to identify and honor exceptional youth and adults who serve as youth advocates in our community. This year, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Legislature President Anthony Daniele and the entire Legislature Body honored 78 award recipients in four separate categories at our Youth Awards ceremony. Over 400 people came to the June 9th awards presentation at Monroe Community Hospital to celebrate and honor the Monroe County youth and youth advocates who excel at delivering positive opportunities and successes for our community's young people.

CHOICES Presents at 2016 MCC Leadership Conference

On Saturday, March 19th, students from the CHOICES initiative presented about the exciting new program at the Monroe Community College Leadership Conference which took place at the Damon City Campus in downtown Rochester. CHOICES is designed to help students develop skills for the transition from middle school to high school through peer leadership and assistance. Attendees from around Monroe County came to hear about the celebrated program which is a joint effort between Spencerport High School, Cosgrove Middle School and the Youth Bureau.

2016 Monroe County Intergenerational Fishing Day

On Saturday, May 21st, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo welcomed a large gathering of youth, parents, grandparents and area seniors to Powder Mills Park to participate in the 8th Annual Monroe County Intergenerational Fishing Day. This free event was made possible by the NYS DEC and the Monroe County Fishing Advisory Board (MCFAB) which once again provided fishing rods to the youth. Fishers from ages 3 - 95 came to the park to enjoy the good weather, good food, and good times at this yearly spring tradition.    

County Executive Dinolfo Recognizes National Mentoring Month

For the past 15 years, the month of January has been known as National Mentoring Month, and on Wednesday, January 27th, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was joined by members of Monroe Mentors (Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Compeer, Inc.; Hillside; IBERO; and the Girl Scouts) to recognize it Monroe County. This month is meant to serve as a reminder of the importance and positive impact mentoring has on our youth. Thanks to the dedicated mentors in our community, our local young people are supported, encouraged, and inspired. Led by our Youth Bureau, Monroe Mentors is a collaboration of 15 mentoring organizations who work to serve as a community-building resource and contribute to the positive development of Monroe County's youngest generation. They aim to educate, enlighten, and empower youth by providing opportunities that will create respectful, constructive and sustained relationships with fellow community members. Together, these organizations are able to provide great promise for a better future in Monroe County.  



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