Pierce Hoyt – Deputy Commisioner

Our Mission: The Department for Youth will provide youth age birth- twenty-one with opportunities through positive leisure time activities and social intervention to grow and mature into responsible productive adults. We will strive to fund a range and variety of quality programs and services available to all youth.

Office of Children and Family Service Grant: Rensselaer County is allotted an amount that then gets distributed to Agencies and Municipals in the county that focus on Youth Development. Program are monitored to ensure the goals set, are being met.

Summer Food Program: The Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), administers the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) at the federal level, while the New York State Education Department (NYSED) administers the program at the state level. Locally, it is operated by sponsors who apply for and are approved to operate the program. The mission of the Summer Food Program is to insure that all children under the age of 18 receive healthy meals during summer vacation. To find a food site near you click on the link http://www.cn.nysed.gov/  or call 211.

Community Backpack Program: Rensselaer County Department for Youth in collaboration with Rensselaer County Probation and Mental Health, Troy Housing Authority as well as several not-for-profit agencies in Troy work together to provide the basic back-to-school supplies to the less fortunate children in our county.

Donations can be made during the month of July:

Ned Patterson Government Building (all offices can take the donation)
1600 7th Avenue
Troy, NY 12180 

Rensselaer Senior Center
50 Herrick Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144
(518) 463-2166

Schodack Senior Center
1800 East Schodack Road
Castleton, NY 12033
(518) 477-6581

Monetary donations can be sent to:

Rensselaer County Department for Youth
547 River Street, 2nd Floor
Troy, NY 12180

Annual Rensselaer County, County Executive Golf Tournament:  Thanks to the golf sponsors and the golfers who participate in the annual Par, Tee, Fore Coats Golf tournament, held in September. All proceeds go to purchase brand new winter coats for the underprivileged kids in Rensselaer County. We participate with schools, towns and villages as well as other not for profit agencies in the county.

The Holiday Basket Raffle Challenge / Toy Drive:  Each department has the opportunity to donate a creative basket to be raffled off, to help raise money for the underprivileged families in the county during the Christmas Season. All the proceeds go to purchase new toys for kids in our county. If you would like to make a donation of a new unwrapped toy there is a donation barrel in the County Office Building.

Donations can be made during the months of November and December:

Ned Patterson Government Building
Veterans Office
1600 7th Avenue, 4th Floor
Troy, NY 12180 

Bob De Meo’s Discount Wine
501 Campbell Ave
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 274-5678

Rensselaer Senior Center
50 Herrick Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144
(518) 463-2166

Schodack Senior Center
1800 East Schodack Road
Castleton, NY 12033
(518) 477-6581

Monetary donations can be sent to:

Rensselaer County Department for Youth
547 River Street, 2nd Floor
Troy, NY 12180

For questions concerning the Summer Youth Employment Program please call (518)270-2860