; Cheryl Dinolfo, County Executive

Youth Bureau

Contact Information

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.

Family Fishing Fest is "fintastic!"

On April 13th, 2019 the Family Fishing Festival was held at Powder Mills Park where 650 people gathered to fish and enjoy the beautiful Powder Mills Park. Thanks to the Monroe County Fishing Advisory Board (MCFAB) and the NYS DEC, over 130 youth received a free fishing rod to enjoy not just at the event, but to keep as well!

Beat the Winter Blues!

This event was held on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 from 10am - 2pm at Radio Social, Rochester's newest Social Club. Located in the historic Stromberg-Carlson Building at 20 Carlson Road, 224 seniors and youth came together for a day of friendship, mentorship, and positive youth development. Our seniors had the opportunity to bowl, play skiball, giant jenga, billiards, corn hole and other games with our community's youth. A boxed lunch was also provided to all of our participants. So much fun was had, that we are planning another date later this year!

The 2018 Monroe County Holiday Toy Giveaway

On Sunday, December 16th, 2018, over 5,000 children were invited to attend and receive a toy that was generously donated by Monroe County residents. 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. 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 children who otherwise may not receive gifts this holiday season.

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 2018 Intergenerational Holiday Ball

On Wednesday, December 5th, 2018, over 350 youth and seniors were welcomed 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 2018 Intergenerational Fall Clean Up

On Saturday, October 27th, 2018, Monroe County hosted the 8th 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 celebrates its 8th anniversary this, and once again, we had a BIG number of volunteers to help seniors in nearly 40 homes. Thank you to all who participated, and making this year's clean-up the best yet.

The 2018 Girls Sports Festival

On Saturday, August 18th, 2018, the Monroe County Girls Sports Festival was held at Frontier Field. This FREE event provided young women ages 6-12 the opportunity to select four different sports from a variety of traditional, and up-and-coming, non-traditional sports which were coached by local teams and organizations. The Monroe County Girls Sports Festival was free for all attendees and featured accessible and inclusive sports for individuals with disabilities. Monroe County and Visit Rochester also worked with Rochester Accessible Adventures to ensure that any young athlete interested in attending the festival, regardless of ability, were able to experience and compete in their favorite sports.

Our thanks to the following organizations for leading our sports stations:

  • The Battery (Softball)
  • Finger Lakes Fury (Basketball)
  • Midtown Athletic Club (Tennis)
  • Breathe Yoga (Yoga and Opening/Closing Ceremonies)
  • the Girl Scouts (Archery)
  • Gymnastics Training Center (Gymnastics)
  • Relentless Hustle (Lacrosse)
  • Velocity Extreme Cheer (Cheerleading)
  • Master Kim's Taekwondo (Martial Arts/Taekondo)
  • Rochester City Recreation (Volleyball)
  • Empire United (Soccer)
  • Rochester Fencing Club (Fencing)
  • Youth Rugby Rochester (Rugby)

2018 Safe Harbour Summit

On Tuesday, August 7th, RMCYB Executive Director Mike Barry presented at the 2018 NYS OCFS Anti-Trafficking Summit where he detailed Monroe County's success with the program. Along with Safe Harbour partners from the Center for Youth, they shared Monroe County's successful efforts to find and help youth who have been victumized by sex trafficking. Hundreds of county reprentatives from all over New York State gathered in Syracuse to hear from the piloting counties of this program. Monroe County was one of 5 pilot counties, and has now been confirmed as a Safe Harbour Graduate Community and has received extended funding due to its success.

Zoo's Clues 2018

On Friday, July 13th, 2018, "Zoo's Clues" was held at the Seneca Park Zoo. This FREE intergenerational event was open to youth ages 7-12 and seniors (aged 60 and over) in Monroe County. Teams of youth and seniors received an event passport and map which required participants to solve 12 clues while exploring the Seneca Park Zoo for prizes. Participants also received free lunches sponsored by the Youth Bureau and Monroe County Office for the Aging.

CHOICES Celebrates its 4th Year!

The end of the 2017-18 school year marks the 4th anniversary of the collaboration between the RMCYB and Specncerport School District for the CHOICES initiative which helps students develop skills for the transition from middle school to high school through peer leadership and assistance. This celebrated program is a joint effort between Spencerport High School, Cosgrove Middle School and the Youth Bureau and is available to any other district in Monroe County to participate.



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