Partnership for Children, Youth and Families

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About the Partnership

The Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families is a 501(c)3 organization    committed to promoting positive youth development at the local, county, regional, and state levels of New York. The Partnership works with the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus to provide mentoring and support for Youth Bureaus and their local partners.

How Can the Partnership Help

Partnership Board members have considerable experience in planning, implementing, evaluating, and coordinating youth development programs and systems. We are offering our time as mentors and consultants to support new and existing Youth Bureau staff. Our goal is to supplement, not replace, the technical assistance available to Youth Bureaus from other sources. We seek to promote peer support among youth service professionals so that our system can better serve the children, youth, and families of New York State.

How Does It Work

Partnership members are available to consult by phone or email with individual Youth Bureaus on the topics listed. In some cases, Partnership member(s) may be willing to attend a regional Association meeting to discuss a topic of shared interest. Since the time and expense of providing technical assistance may vary, the amount of time and type of contact will be negotiated upon a specific request for technical assistance.

Who do I contact to get started?

Contact us at OR contact one of the board members directly at the emails listed on the back cover OR call Nancy Zahler at 607-279-4792 to get started.

Board Members

Nancy Zahler | President |
Retired Director, Tompkins County Youth Services and Former Coordinator of CCHY, a Drug Free Coalition

Carol Chichester | Vice President |
Retired Director, Orange County Youth Bureau

Joanne Eddy | Secretary |
Director, Madison County Youth Bureau

John Trojanowsky |
Director, Town of Lancaster Youth Bureau

Dennis McLaughlin |
Retired Director, Town of Colonie Youth Bureau; Past President, Association of NYS Youth Bureaus

Colleen Monaghan |
Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County and Former Program Specialist & RHYA Coord., Orange County Youth Bureau

Nita Rae Hawkins |
Retired Coord. Livingston Co. Workforce Development & Youth Bureau

Joe Proietti |
Retired OCFS Office of Youth Development and Former Director, Niagara County Youth Bureau

Frank Williams |
Director, City of White Plains Youth Bureau