The Broome County Legislature has approved grants to several youth programs and services throughout the country as we become more active with youth organizations.

According to a news release, Broome County Executive Director Jason Garnar, along with Director of Parks, Recreations and Youth Services Liz Woidt announced that $190,000 dollars in grant funding will be allocated to Youth programs in our community.

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In the release the County Executive said “We are again excited to support the many amazing youth programs in Broome County through the Youth Bureau,”

Director of Parks Liz Woidt said “Continuing to support our youth is now more important than ever with the impact we have seen from the COVID-19 pandemic,”

Some of the recipients include the Summer Playground City of Parks, a program that provides pre through 4th grade children daily activities, including sports, arts and crafts, games, and includes lunch.

The Studio Youth program at the Fenton Free library proving a safe environment for kids aged 10 to 14, and the Summer Zone Binghamton University which involved youth to address engagement and the unstructured time of at risk youth during the times they are out of school.

Also included in the grant funding is the Finch Hollow Nature Center, and Catholic Charities Gateway/Connection Center.

Woidt says “The Broome County Youth Bureau is excited to receive these funds from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services for 2021.

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