Who We Are

For nearly 50 years, the Nassau County Office of Youth Services and community-based non-for-profit agencies have provided an extensive network of youth and family services, aimed at improving the lives of Nassau County’s young people. But in 2012, the Nassau County Legislature cut 100 percent of funding for all youth services. That prompted a six-month fight for the restoration of funding. As a result, these organizations shifted to a more grassroots collaborative approach, in order to sustain an almost decimated youth and family services system. That movement to break down silos and develop strong partnerships led to the formation of Community Voices for Youth & Families, which has now grown to include Suffolk County agencies.

Mission

Community Voices for Youth and Families (CV4YF) is both a campaign and a growing network of people and organizations who believe the evidence about the value of youth services. So we are advocating for social change in the form of increased community awareness, civic engagement and support of resources, to ensure a robust investment in children, youth and families.

What We Do

We provide information about programs and policies that affect children and advocate for youth and families and the community based-organizations that serve them.

How We work

Our central focus is to design an innovative and educational campaign that will:

– Build and stimulate community support for youth and family services through partnerships, collaborations and people power;
– Design a network for capacity-building with youth, families and alliance partners, to exchange ideas and resources while building a fully responsive system of resources;
– Advocate for support for youth and families, to ensure that full investment in youth and family services maintained;
– Develop a dedicated, sustained funding stream for youth and family services for 2017 and beyond.

Steering Committee

Adelante
Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area
Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center
The City of Glen Cove Youth Bureau

Gateway Youth Outreach
Hicksville Boys and Girls Club
Littig House Community Center
Long Beach REACH
Long Island Advocacy Center
Long Island Crisis Center
Nassau County Coalition of Youth Services
Northport-East Northport YDA
STRONG Youth
Tri Community and Youth Agency
YES Community Counseling Center

 

 

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