Picente Announces Youth Services and
Violence Prevention Coalition
YDVPC Next Step in Community Involvement in Youth Development and Violence Prevention
County Executive Anthony J. Picente announced
today the creation of the Oneida County Youth Services and Violence
Coalition. The YDVPC will be created by the current Oneida County Youth
Services Council. The announcement was made today at the Annual State of
Oneida County Youth Services Council Annual Meeting.
The YDVPC will focus on prevention, intervention
and suppression efforts that will assist the Oneida County Youth
Services Council. Also, released at the annual meeting was the 2013
Oneida County Gang Reassessment Study.
Anthony J. Picente Jr. said "The creation of this
coalition is the next step in a community partnership success story
that aims to build on the accomplishments of the Oneida County Youth
Services Council. Through partnerships with Oneida County Sheriff Rob
Maciol, Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, the Oneida
County Departments of Probation and Social Services, Office of Mental
Health, Youth Bureau as well as Utica Safe Schools, local law
enforcement and others we will work to make Oneida County a safe place
to raise their families. "
Anne Lansing, Executive Director of Utica Safe
Schools and President of the Oneida County Youth Services Council said
"The updated assessment that is being provided today recognizes the
progress made in reducing youth violence and enhancing youth
development. The partnerships and programs that have been implemented as
a result of the last report show the difference that can be made to
help youth in our community. It also highlights the need for us to keep
our proactive approach, notice the changes that occur to challenge our
community and respond so that we provide the best environment for
positive youth development for our whole community"
The creation of programs since 2005 including the
Underground Café, Initial Response Team, Truancy Reduction Program and
the Arrest Diversion Program have shown to be successful in prevention,
intervention and suppression efforts in Utica and will look to be
expanded throughout the county. These programs are partnerships between
Non-Profits like Utica Safe Schools, School Districts, Oneida County
Government departments such as, Department of Social Services,
Probation, Mental Health, Youth Bureau and others as well as the Oneida
County Sheriff and Local Law Enforcement.
Lansing also added "The new Oneida County
Youth Services and Violence Prevention Coalition will be a partnership
of the area's community based organizations, school district
representatives, government agency staff and law enforcement officials
who will be coming together to develop the new programs, strategies and
tactics necessary to address the issues raised in the new assessment and
continue the progress made in our county in reducing youth violence and
increasing opportunities for positive youth development. The goal is to
keep kids off of the streets and in school, while providing them with
good opportunities so that we can promote a safe community for everyone.
Anthony J. Picente Jr. went on to say "We have
seen partnerships with local government, county government ,the state of
New York, School Districts and non-profit organizations like Utica Safe
Schools have success in developing our youth and preventing youth
violence. Now is the time to ramp up these efforts and that's what we
have announced here today ."
review the Oneida County Gang Assessment Report, or the 2013 Oneida
County Gang Assessment Overview, Please find the the documents featured on our home page.