PROFESSIONAL YOUTH BUREAU STAFF


Jody L. Rogers, Director Youth Bureau, Parks & Recreation

Working for Town of Cicero since 1987 and has been involved with the formation and administration of the CanTeen program since 2002. A member of the Youth Board and Friends of the CanTeen Board.

Toni’Lyn Brauchle, Youth Services Coordinator

Toni’Lyn Brauchle (Ms. Toni) Youth Services Coordinator, has been with the program since the summer of 1998.  She oversees the staff, operation and direction of the CanTeen.  She is the liaison with outside agencies, organizations and coordinate services.  She is also a member of the Friends of the CanTeen.


YOUTH BOARD

The Greater Cicero Community Connections for Youth Board is an advisory board comprised of members from the four municipalities and school district that our Youth Bureau covers in northern Onondaga County – Towns of Cicero, Clay, Salina and the Village of North Syracuse, and the North Syracuse Central School District. Meetings are held monthly with our goals set for the calendar year in fall of the previous year. The creation of a Youth Board is a mandatory requirement to become a Youth Bureau. Members are appointed to serve 3 year terms and a minimum of three (3) Youth are required to be represented on the Board as well. The Youth Board was created and began meeting in January and was officially established by Town Board resolution March 2002. It was originally named the Cicero Youth Board until the membership requested to change their name to the current day “Greater Cicero Community Youth Board” to better reflect the vast partnerships that were forged since its inception and their wide reaching service area. The new name was adopted September 2004.

Mission Statement:

To encourage youth to live safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives through positive relationships with adult role models in a safe, structured, environment and activities.

Vision:

  1. Nurture ongoing relationships with caring adults in their lives - parents, mentors, tutors, coaches, clergy, etc.;
  2. Create safe places with structured activities during non-school hours;
  3. Encourage youth to live safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives;
  4. Foster skills through effective education;
  5. Develop opportunities to give back through community service;
  6. Engage youth as active participants;
  7. Create opportunities to develop and improve positive peer relationships;
  8. Provide a framework for the realization of one’s full potential

 

CICERO YOUTH BUREAU
GOALS/OBJECTIVES/STRATEGIES
2012

Goal # 1: There will be continued effort to increase community awareness about the Cicero Youth Bureau, Youth Board and CanTeen.

Objective: Events and Activities geared to promote the Mission Statements of the Youth Board and CanTeen will occur throughout the year.

Strategy:

  1. Grand Opening of permanent home.
  2. Create and nurture partnerships with local service groups such as the CNS Optimists, Meals on Wheels, Senior Centers, Parks & Recreation Departments.
  3. Frequent pictures and articles submitted to the local media.
  4. Involvement in the Children’s Activity Areas that pairs teens with younger youth at local festivals encompassing all youth in the community.
  5. Creation of intergenerational programming opportunities with other Parks & Recreation Departments; Food Sense; music program.
Goal # 2: There will be a concerted effort to create Leadership opportunities for the youth in our community.

Objective: Designated activities combined with direct programming will offer learning and growth opportunities for leadership.  We will plan and implement activities, programs and service learning opportunities for leadership skill building.

Strategy:

  1. If funds available from Chemical People hold peer mentoring with incoming 8th graders at CanTeen.
  2. Teen Council to meet a minimum of once a month to continue the daily operational tasks of the CanTeen.
  3. CanTeen members to make formal presentations to all four municipal boards, school board at least once per year.
  4. Schedule meeting with Town Supervisor/Mayor, Senator, Assembly, local County Executive and legislators minimum once per year.

Goal # 3: There will be a continued effort to increase the community’s access to the resources available to youth and their families through satellite locations in the northern suburbs.

Objective: Human Service Agencies that are normally found in the metropolitan Syracuse area, will be easier to access and more "user friendly".

Strategy:

  1. NYS Department of Health – HIV testing and counseling sessions monthly.

  2. Prevention Network use resources to cover issues such as gambling, underage drinking and substance abuse.

  3. Onondaga County Probation with more youth focus.  (Site for youth to meet their Probation Officer within their own community.)
  4. Continue relationship with Salvation Army (runaway and homeless youth) and OnCare mental health services.

Goal # 4: A continued effort to educate the community and our funding agencies regarding issues that the youth feel are important including but not limited to: alcohol, tobacco, substance abuse, gang violence, pregnancy, etc.

Objective: Activities and dialogue among youth and adults (community members) including those outside our immediate area.

Strategy:

  1. Invite guest speakers to discuss issues of interest to youth and our community.
  2. Plan and implement two youth gatherings lock-ins, workshops, conferences, leadership opportunities – Camp Hollis, Adams Eden.
  3. Create and distribute surveys through CNS High School health classes Look for opportunities to program in activities to involve youth from other programs or the community in general (church, service organizations) to participate with our youth in projects, social activities and encourage dialogue between youth (SADD).

Goal # 5: A continued effort to raise awareness, through supporting or collaborating with other youth and family serving agencies/organization, of the positive youth development philosophy for the Cicero Youth Board members and CanTeen staff.

Objective: Provide a minimum of two training sessions during the year measured by Board minutes and staff records.

Strategy:

  1. Offer Youth Board members additional training on related topics pertinent to youth issues in our community-cyber bullying, social media, board effectiveness.
  2. Attend trainings, workshops or conferences and bring information back to Youth Board members.
  3. Review Needs Assessment throughout the year - 10 to 15 minutes each meeting to stay current with the Assessment.  

Goal # 6: Funding

Objective: Assist Friends of the CanTeen with finding and securing additional funding opportunities.

Strategy:

  1. Appoint members of Youth Board to Friends Board to keep Youth Board informed of funding situation.
  2. Use networking capabilities to actively search for funding opportunities-multi-year.

 

Contact Us:

Greater Cicero Community Youth Board
6046 Route 31
Cicero, NY 13039

 
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