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 2018 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 Dr. Joe Carbone and the entire Legislature Body honored nearly 100 recipients at our annual Youth Awards ceremony on June 13th at the MCC Auditorium. The Young Citizen of the Year and Willie W. Lightfoot Youth Advocate of the Year Awards were established by the Monroe County Legislature as one of the highest honors for youth and adult leadership, community service, advocacy and perseverance. The winners are dynamic Monroe County residents with the passion and drive to change the world, as well as identify and realize solutions to problems. They are committed to strengthening their communities and themselves. The awards pay tribute to outstanding citizens who have made a local contribution toward advocacy and action. An individual is eligible for consideration if he/she has exhibited outstanding leadership and performed extraordinary acts on behalf of others or whose achievements have greatly enhanced the quality of life for Monroe County, or has served as a role model for youth advocacy.

Zoo's Clues are Coming Back in July!

On Friday, July 13th, the County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and RMCYB will be hosting "Zoo's Clues" at the Seneca Park Zoo. This FREE intergenerational event is open to youth ages 7-12 and seniors (aged 60 and over) in Monroe County. Teams of youth and seniors will receive an event passport and work together to solve the clues while exploring Seneca Park Zoo. Availability is limited and registrations are due by July 6th. Please contact Casey Jensen at 753-6460 to register or ask any questions.

The 2018 Girls Sports Festival is at Frontier Field!

On Saturday, August 18th, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and the RMCYB will host the Monroe County Girls Sports Festival as it returns to Frontier Field for the half-day athletic event. This FREE event provides young women ages 6-12 to have the opportunity to try a variety of traditional, as well as up-and-coming, non-traditional sports. Festival participants will be able to choose four different sports to explore, ranging from traditional sports like volleyball, gymnastics and field hockey to non-traditional sports like ultimate frisbee, disc golf and fencing. Local teams and organizations will manage each of the sports - participants are welcome to select any four available sports, but are also encouraged to try a sport they have never experienced before. Monroe County Girls Sports Festival will be free for all attendees and will feature accessible and inclusive sports for individuals with disabilities. Monroe County and Visit Rochester are working with Rochester Accessible Adventures to ensure that any young athlete interested in attending the festival, regardless of ability, will be able to experience and compete in their favorite sports. Participants must register in advance. For registration details and a full list of sports, visit

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.

The RMCYB Participates in the 2018 NYS Youth Leadership Conference

On Monday, February 5th, the RMCYB delegation consisting of staff and students traveled to Albany to particpate with other youth from around NYS to discuss youth needs and issues. Participants attended discussions panels dealing with topics such as diversity, cyber-safety, poverty, and runaway homless funding and also had the opportunity to meet with NYS elected officials. The RMCYB Participates in the 2018 NYS Youth Leadership Conference

County Executive Dinolfo Recognizes January as National Mentoring Month

For the past 16 years, the month of January has been known as National Mentoring Month, and on Tuesday, January 23rd, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was joined by members of Monroe Mentors (Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Compeer, Inc., Hillside, IBERO, Urban League, and the Girl Scouts) to recognize it in 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 who are supported, encouraged, and inspired. Led by our Youth Bureau, Monroe Mentors is a collaboration of 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.

The 2017 Monroe County Holiday Toy Giveaway

On Sunday, December 10th, 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 3,500 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. 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 3,500 children who otherwise may not receive gifts this holiday season.

The 2017 Intergenerational Holiday Ball

On Thursday, 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 7th Annual Intergenerational Fall Clean Up

On Saturday, October 28th Monroe County hosted the 7th 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 celebrated 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 2018 event, please contact Christina Coury at




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