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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

LOCKPORT— East Niagara is well represented on the recently announced Niagara County Youth Board slate of officers for 2015.

Chairing the Youth Board will be Richard Laskowski of Wilson. Gregg Tessmann of Barker will serve as vice chairman, and Dennis Stachera of Lockport will be the board’s secretary.

Youth Bureau Director Meghan Lutz also announced that the Youth Board is seeking funding applications from non-profit agencies that provide services for youth. The Board oversees the decision-making process for funding to those agencies.

The Youth Board is charged with examining local needs and determining the relevance of current youth programs, and advising Youth Bureau staff and county lawmakers on programming. Board members engage directly with county youth to develop programs, as well as work with existing agencies that provide youth services.

The chairman of the County Legislature’s Community Services Committee, Legislator Wm. Keith McNall, R-Lockport, expressed gratitude to the volunteers on the Youth Board.

“Our county’s youth are our future, and the members of our community who step up and make sure we are there for our youngest citizens are truly investing in our future,” McNall said. “The individuals who comprise the Youth Board take on an important role, and my colleagues and I are grateful to them for their leadership.”

Niagara County funds youth programs through various funding sources, including monies allocated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Much of this funding is then provided to non-profit agencies after review by the Youth Board.

Lutz said non-profit agencies interested in applying for funding may contact her at (716) 278-6872 for guidelines and application deadlines.

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