Youth

Department of Youth Job Openings
Mission

The Department for Youth will provide youth ages birth to 21 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.

Programs

New York State Office of Children & Family Services Resource Allocation Plan

OCFS provides funding to Rensselaer County for youth development programing through the Resource Allocation Plan to youth serving agencies that focus on Youth Development. All programs are monitored to ensure the goals set, are being met.

Summer Food Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a Child Nutrition Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In New York State, the State Education Department (SED) administers the program. The SFSP provides reimbursement for nutritious meals served to children in lower income areas at no cost when school is out.  Meals must be served in low-income communities where at least 50 percent of children are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals or in other locations where at least 50 percent of the children enrolled in a specific program are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. Children 18 years of age and younger are eligible to participate in the SFSP. Persons over 18 years old who are physically or mentally disabled and participating in a public or nonprofit private school program established for children with these disabilities may also participate in this program.

Rensselaer County has been a proud sponsor of this program since 1974 with several feeding locations throughout the County. The mission of the Summer Food Program is to ensure that all children under the age of 18 receive healthy meals during the ten (10) weeks of summer vacation. Each site is open and welcomes all youth regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, color, or disability. 

To find a food site near you, visit the New York State Education Department website or call 211.

If you would like to host a feeding site, please contact Debbie Fleming @ 518-266-7501 or dfleming@rensco.com for more information before the end of April.

Community Backpack Program

The Rensselaer County Community Backpack Program is a collaboration with the Department for Youth, Rensselaer County Probation and Mental Health, Troy Housing Authority, local Boys & Girls Clubs, Schools and Municipalities as well as several not-for-profit agencies throughout the County who work with disadvantaged youth, to provide the basic back-to-school supplies to disadvantaged children/families in our county.

This program has been operating since 2012, and runs strictly on donations from agencies, sponsors and Rensselaer County employees to ensure disadvantaged children in grades K-8 have the supplies needed to start the school year. 

Our goal is to ensure that every disadvantaged child have the basic tools available to them, beginning with the tools needed to succeed in the classroom, in the end they are both academically and psychologically prepared. 

2023 Feeding Locations in Rensselaer Co

Donations
Donations can be made during the month of July and August at the following:

  • County Office Building (Donation box is located in the Lobby of the 3rd Floor or in any department)
    1600 7th Avenue
    Troy, NY 12180 

Monetary Donations
Monetary donations can be sent to:

  • Rensselaer County Department for Youth
    Back to School Supplies
    599 Troy Road, Suite #402
    East Greenbush, NY 12061

Annual County Executive Golf Tournament


Coats for Kids Program

A charitable golf tournament in collaboration between the County Executive’s Office and the Department for Youth is held in September to raise money to purchase brand new winter coats for disadvantaged youth in Rensselaer County. The County partners with schools, towns and villages as well as not-for-profit agencies in the County that are currently working with this population.


The Holiday Raffle Basket Challenge / Toy Drive

During the month of December each department has the opportunity to create/donate a themed basket to the Department for Youth that will be on display for a week. During that week tickets will be sold and all baskets will be raffled on the last day. All the proceeds will be used to purchase new toys for underprivileged families (children birth – 14 years old) in the County during the Christmas Season. If you would like to donate a new unwrapped toy during the months of November and December see the list of locations below:


Monetary Donations

Monetary donations can be sent to:
Rensselaer County Department for Youth
Toy Program
599 Troy Road, Suite #402
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Donations 

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

Rensselaer County Buildings

Rensselaer County Office Building -Troy
1600 7th Avenue – 3rd Floor Lobby
Troy, NY  12180
Rensselaer County DSS
Bloomingrove Drive
Troy NY, 12180
Rensselaer County Court House
80 2nd Street
Troy, NY 12180
Rensselaer County Clerk’s Office
105 3rd Street
Troy, NY 12180
Van Rensselaer Manor
85 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180
Rensselaer County Office Building - East Greenbush
99 Troy Road (Rt4)
East Greenbush, NY 12061


      Rensselaer County Senior Centers


Rensselaer Senior Center
East and Herrick Streets
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Troy Senior Center
1520 Sixth Ave
Troy, NY 12180
Schodack Senior Center
1800 East Schodack Road
Castleton, NY 12033 


Local Businesses


CRAB Garrison Post 1954 -Veteran's Club
315 Liberty Street
Troy, NY 12180
Custom Cutters Hair Salon
10 Sheer Rd. 
Averill Park, NY 12018
Crossroads American Grille
43 Mall Way
West Sand Lake, NY 12196
North Greenbush Police Department
133 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180
La Luna Wellness Spa 
327 Hoosick Street
Troy, NY 12180

Sand Lake Merchant
2869 NY-43
Averill Park, NY 12018

Fifth Tier Baker
197 Main Ave 
Wynantskill, NY 12198



Popular List of Toys for Boys & Girls


Action Figures
Makeup & Hair Accessories
Avenger Super Hero's - AnythingMakeup Bags/Cases
Bluey (character) - Anything Makeup Brushes
CoComelon (character) - AnythingMakeup Pallets
Ninja Turtles - Anything Nail Polish 
Paw Patrol - Anything Cologne/Body Wash Sets - Boys & Girls
ROBLOX - Anything Hair Brushes & Wide Tooth Combs & Accessories
Minecraft - Anything Elastic Hair Ties
Super Mario Brothers - AnythingHair Tools - Blow Dryers, Curling Wands/Irons/Flat


Arts & Crafts
Trading Cards & Books
Gem Art Sets - Amazon or TEMUSports Trading Cards
Rainbow Loom Sets (bracelet making)Trading Card Plastic Inserts for Binders
String Art kitsPokémon Trading Cards
Drawing SuppliesChapter books for Young teens
Play Dough Sets 3 Ring Binder with Zipper Closure
Slime Kits 
Kinetic Sand
Art DIY (do it yourself) Kits
Craft Supplies (pop cycle sticks, pipe cleaners….)


Electronics
 Sports
Wireless EarbudsFootballs - Junior & Adult Sizes
Wireless SpeakerBasketballs - Junior & Adult Sizes
LED Strip Lights or LED Curtain LightsWinter Sleds and winter play
Ring Lights for phones Exercise sets - resistance bands, pull-up bars …..

Anything for outside play 


Pretend Play
Educational
Dress up clothesLearning games - ages 4 - 6
Kitchen food, dishes, makeup, …..Story books


Individual Play
STEM Learning Sets Creative Indi. play
Lego Sets Build your own Rockets
Beyblades - Spinning TopsCar/Truck Models Kits
Beyblade Bey stadium - Arena for the Spinning Tops Lego
Fidget/Sensory ToysScience Kits
Teck Deck - Finger Boards/BMX Bikes

Remote Control (RC)

Drones - Rechargeable if possible 

RC Cars - Rechargeable if possible


Miscellaneous
Drink Tumblers
Card Games for all ages
Throw Blanket - boy & girl
Baby Dolls, Barbie Dolls,  and Accessories (food, clothes)
Squishmallow - (Plush Toy)
Monster trucks, Matchbox cars, Dirt Bikes, 4-Wheelers
Board Games for all ages 


Summer Youth Employment Program

For questions concerning the Summer Youth Employment Program please call 518-270-2860.
The Summer Youth Employment is not part of the department for Youth