Youth Recreation/Youth Development Programs

The Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau is responsible for the administration of Youth Development Program (YDP) funding for various youth programs throughout Cattaraugus County. These funds originate from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Office of Youth Development. The funding is used to support programs for Cattaraugus County youth age 0-21 that provide services, opportunities and supports designed to improve our youth and community. Municipalities and not-for-profit organizations operating a youth program that focuses on youth development are welcome to apply.

Target areas of eligible programs include academic enrichment, career enrichment, mentoring, counseling, youth leadership and service, civic engagement, and summer or year-round recreation. Also, eligible programs include those whose purpose is to target specific youth groups and/or services including school dropouts, victims of child abuse or domestic violence, peer counseling, risk prevention, and more.

The application process will begin in April and funds are generally allocated to youth programs in May of each year.

If your municipality or not-for-profit organization operates a program designed towards youth and is interested in applying for funding or for more information, please contact the Youth Bureau's Accountant by filling out our Youth Programs Form, by phone at (716)938-9111 x2612 or by email.


During 2014, the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services helped fund the following programs:

Municipal Recreation Programs and Youth Bureaus

  • Town of Allegany Youth Recreation Program
  • Cattaraugus Area Youth Council (Village of Cattaraugus, Town of East Otto, Town of New Albion, Town of Otto)
  • Town of Ellicottville Youth Recreation Program
  • Village of Gowanda Youth Recreation Program
  • Town of Great Valley Youth Recreation Program
  • Village of Little Valley Youth Recreation Program (Village of Little Valley, Town of Little Valley, Town of Napoli)
  • Town of Machias Youth Recreation Program
  • City of Olean Youth Recreation Program
  • Village of Portville Youth Recreation Program
  • Town of Randolph Youth Recreation Program (Camp Weeden)
  • Town of Yorkshire Youth Recreation Program (Town of Yorkshire and Village of Delevan)
  • City of Olean Youth Bureau
  • City of Salamanca Youth Bureau

Youth Development Programs

  • Bona Buddies - St. Bonaventure University
  • Camp New Horizons - Mental Health Association in Cattaraugus County
  • Domestic Violence Children's Program - Cattaraugus Community Action Inc
  • Government for Youth - Cattaraugus/Allegany BOCES
  • Families First Counseling Services - Parent Education Program
  • Membership and Program Assistance - Olean Family YMCA
  • Runaway & Homeless Youth Program - Cattaraugus County
  • Rural Youth Counseling Program - Healthy Community Alliance Inc
  • Special Olympics Western Region - Special Olympics New York
  • STAR Program - City of Olean
  • Summer Program - City of Olean
  • Summer Youth At Risk Program - City of Olean
  • Supplemental Education Program - City of Olean
  • Youth Court - Cattaraugus County
  • Youth Education Program - Pfeiffer Nature Center
  • Youth Outreach - Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office

Juvenile Officer Programs

  • Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department Juvenile Officer
  • City of Olean Police Department Juvenile Officer
  • City of Salamanca Police Department Juvenile Officer


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