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320 West State/MLK Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607)-274-5310
Fax: (607)-274-5313
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Youth Services Board

Board Meetings
Board Member Roles
Current Members
Current Vacancies

The Youth Services Board is an advisory board to the Tompkins County Youth Services Department and the Tompkins County Legislature. Members are appointed by their respective municipalities and serve as representatives of their communities. Adult members are appointed for three-year terms renewable as determined by the appointing municipality. Youth members (ages 16-20) are appointed for two-year renewable terms.  All board members must be residents of Tompkins County and must complete the Tompkins County Advisory board application. 


Board Meetings

Begining in January of 2017, Youth Services Board meetings will occur on the fourth Monday of each month from 5:00-6:30pm. Meetings are typically held at the Human Services  Building located at 320 W. State/MLK Jr. Street, Ithaca NY. An annual retreat is held in February and the board does not typically meet in August.   Go to top of page


Board Member Roles

Board members are responsible for: 

  • developing multi-year plans that include goals linked to community priorities based on locally identified youth needs, gaps in services, and opportunities for coordination. 
  • reviewing grant proposals that address the needs, goals, and priorities contained within the departmental comprehensive plan. Each year the board members recommend how to allocate apporximately $1 million in state and county funding to local agencies and communities that plan and sponsor youth development programming throughout Tompkins County. 
  • supporting the work of the Youth Services Staff members as they gather, analyze and share data on youth needs; collaborate with others to develop a supportive services for youth; monitor funded programs; implement metrics to trace programmatic performance; provide training and technical assistance to nine community based youth commissions and agencies that serve young people; coordinate a wide variety of public and private services for children, youth and families. 
  • participating in their communities while learning about the youth needs of each of their appointed towns. 
  • serving as a liaision between the County Youth Services Board and their respective municipality, attending town and/or village board meetings as needed. 
  • advocating for youth from throughout Tompkins County. Go to top of page

Current Members 

Name Representing
Kathy Servoss - Chairperson Town and Villages of Dryden & Freeville
Barbara Sadovnic Town of Enfield 
Ronny Hardaway - Secretary Village of Lansing 
Anna Kelles Legislative Liasion
Pete Angie Town of Ulysses and Village of Trumansburg
Patty VandeBogart - Vice Chairperson At-Large 
Gabriel Carrillo At-Large
Bernice Yarosh At-Large

Current Vacancies

The Youth Services Board is currently looking for representatives from these municipalities:
 (1) Town of Caroline 
 (1)  Town of Danby
 (1)  Town and Village of Groton
 (1)  Town of Lansing
 (1)  City of Ithaca
 (2)  At-Large seats for youth from Tompkins County

If you are interested in applying for an appointment to the Youth Services Board, please contact Amie Hendrix, (607) 274-5310.

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