Criteria are based on a demonstrated commitment to volunteer service in the community and are as follows:

The Joseph A. Myers Service to Youth Award

Two young people will be selected to receive this award and a $1,000 check for his/her dedicated service.  This award is for volunteer community service, not for scholastic achievement or school related activities, clubs, etc.  Non-college bound youth that have given service are just as qualified to receive the award as college-bound youth.  The nominee must be able to corroborate two years of consistent service to one or more organizations or causes in Rockland County.

The Father F. Peter Malet Award

Nominations for this award are based on exceptional volunteer community service by an adult volunteer.  The recipient will be selected based on their dedicated work on behalf of children, youth and families of Rockland.

The Youth Forum Business Award

Nominations for this award are based on an active role in the promotion of children, youth and families in Rockland County.  The nominee must be a business in Rockland County that has supported the efforts of schools, not-for-profits and/or government departments.

The Dennis J. Fleming Award

One individual will be selected for this award for their long-term commitment and advocacy efforts on behalf of children and youth.

All awards will be presented at the 35th Annual Youth Forum and Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 14th, 2015.

Awards are made possible by private contributions from local businesses and individuals throughout Rockland County.


The Rockland County Youth Bureau supports a variety of contracted programs designed to provide quality comprehensive services to Rockland's children and youth. In addition, the County Youth Bureau coordinates all youth services in Rockland and serves as an information and referral center. Youth Bureau staff provides technical assistance to organizations and municipalities in the areas of:

  • Program development
  • Program management
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Financial planning
  • Accessing public and private funding

All services provided through the Youth Bureau are free of charge.

The Rockland County Youth Bureau, through New York State Office of Children and Family Services, allocates funding to agencies in Rockland working directly with children and youth.

Youth Development Funding (YDP)

Community-based organizations and local municipalities are eligible for this 50% reimbursable funding for recreation and delinquency prevention programs.  The agency or municipality must supply the match. For programs that directly work with youth.

Qualifying for Funds

To be eligible for Youth Bureau funding, an organization must be incorporated as a not-for-profit agency under the laws of the State of New York and have tax-exempt status in accordance with the IRS Code.

Organizations seeking Youth Bureau funding must respond to Request for Proposals (RFPs) issued by the Bureau. This is an open and competitive process.