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Schenectady County Youth Bureau

The purpose of the Schenectady County Youth Bureau is to enrich and empower youth ages 0-21 of Schenectady County through positive youth development.  By fostering collaboration between local organizations and assessing the needs of the community, the Youth Bureau promotes the mental and physical well-being of, not only at-risk youth, but the overall youth population as well.


In 2020, Schenectady County Connects was formed and merged the services of the Schenectady County Job Training Agency and Youth Bureau.  Schenectady County Connects provides universal access to the community to promote self-sustainability and economic growth through a skilled, quality workforce and partners with local agencies to ensure that tomorrow’s workforce has the supports and programming needed to thrive.


Youth Programming through Schenectady County Connects
  • Employment Skills Training
    • School District Initiatives: partnerships with County school districts to provide augmented career development training and develop post-graduation pathways toward sustainability
  • Work Experience and Internships
    • Summer Youth Employment Program - applications will be available in March 2022
    • WIOA Youth - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding and partnerships
    • Juvenile Justice Initiatives - creating community engagement and investment in at-risk youth while building foundational employment skills 
  • Independent Living Skills Development
    • Partnership with Children and Family Services to educate youth, particularly youth engaged in the foster care system, on the skills needed to live well independently
Youth Bureau Advisory Board Members
  • Shane Bargy, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady 
  • Brandy Bouldin, Director of Temporary Assistance, Adult Protective, and Homeless Services,             Schenectady County Department of Social Services
  • Elizabeth Bruce, Children's Behavioral Health Coordinator, Schenectady County Office of Community Services 
  • Rachel Conn, Executive Director, Hamilton Hill Arts Center
  • Ginni Egan, Executive Director, Young Parents United 
  • Timothy Ferrara, Deputy Director, Schenectady County Probation
  • Ashli Fragomeni, Executive Director, Girls Inc.
  • Jenny Hudman, Executive Director, Safe Inc. of Schenectady  
  • Andrew Katz, Campus Director, Schenectady Jewish Community Center 
  • Abbe Kovacik, Executive Director, Brightside Up 
  • Nicole Madlin, Manager of Intake Services, Northern Rivers 
  • Simone Miranda, Board Co-President, Working Group on Girls 
  • Lea Montalto-Rook, Executive Director, Big Brothers, Big Sisters 
  • Sarah Pechar, Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension 
  • Lauren Trunko, Director of Women & Family Services, YWCA