[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Southold 1-16-2007 by L.L. No. 1-2007. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the intent of the Town Board of the Town of Southold in enacting this chapter to promote the positive development of youth through establishing a Youth Bureau. The Youth Bureau will seek to promote and enhance the physical, mental and social well-being of youth in the Town of Southold. Through collaboration and partnerships with youth, parents, schools, libraries, faith-based institutions and agencies that serve youth, the Youth Bureau will foster proactive planning and coordination of services and programs to address the many needs of youth and their families.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall be given the meanings indicated herein:
- Any person under the age of 21.
- YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT
- Any organized activity (other than recreation) directed towards the positive development of youth that is under the auspices of the Town of Southold or any governmental subdivision or agency thereof.
There is hereby created the Youth Bureau of the Town of Southold that shall be comprised of a Youth Board (herein referred to as the "Board") and Director (hereinafter referred to as the "Director"). The Youth Bureau shall be a division within the Department of Human Services. As an administrative component within the Department, the Youth Bureau will develop a comprehensive needs assessment of local youth with a strategic plan to address those needs.
The Director shall be the principal officer and administrative head of the Youth Bureau. The Director will report directly to the Town Board. Initially, the position of Director will serve part-time in its capacity to organize efforts to promote positive youth development. The Special Projects Coordinator will assume responsibility as Youth Bureau Director.
Duties of Director. The Director shall be responsible for the administration of the Youth Bureau that will include: scheduling meetings, disseminating minutes, developing and updating the needs assessment and coordinating partnerships to address the needs of youth. The Director will be responsible for establishing a resource directory and providing "user-friendly" information regarding youth services and youth service projects on the Town's Web site. In addition, the Director will prepare the annual budget of the Youth Bureau and provide the Town Board with an annual report of activities associated with the Youth Bureau.
Composition. The Youth Board shall serve as an advisory body for the Youth Bureau and consist of no less than 13 members and no more than 28 members. Youth Board members will serve without compensation and will be appointed by the Town Board. The Youth Board shall reflect a balance between government and public representation and include a minimum of two youth. Lay citizens shall comprise at least 50% of the Youth Bureau, and membership shall reflect a demographic and geographic diversity within the Town. Lay citizens with a vested or pecuniary interest in youth services or recreation programs shall be ineligible to serve on the Youth Board.
Powers and duties.
The Board shall be an advisory body and shall cooperate with the Director to accomplish the following functions:
Facilitate cooperation and partnerships between human service providers, police, schools, faith-based institutions, service clubs, local employment programs, private agencies and recreational programs to better address the needs of youth.
Compilation and analysis of data and trends including demographics, incidences of youth crime and delinquency as well as any other factors that impede the positive development of youth.
Development of an ongoing comprehensive needs assessment to illustrate existing resources and the unmet needs of youth in the Town of Southold.
Research and analysis of grants from federal, state, County and private foundations that may assist to promote positive youth development.
Recommendation of educational programs and youth service projects to foster youth development.
Formulation and adoption of rules and bylaws governing the activities of the Youth Board.
The Youth Board shall meet a minimum of once a month.
Terms of appointment.
One-half of the total number of Youth Board members first appointed by the Town Board shall be appointed for a term of one year from the date of their appointments. The remaining half of the total number shall be appointed for a term of two years.
Successors to Youth Board positions shall be appointed for a term of two years after the expiration of their predecessors.
No member may continue to serve on the Youth Board beyond the expiration of his/her term unless reappointed by the Town Board.
Removal of Youth Board members.