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University of Illinois Extension serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties

Main Office (LaSalle County)
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Room C223
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
Email: uie-blmp@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Bureau County)
850 Thompson St,
Becker Professional Suites,
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815-875-2878
FAX: 815-875-2870
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (LaSalle County)
1689 North 31st Road,
Suite 2
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Marshall-Putnam County)
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Bureau County Youth Development Coalition

Bureau County Youth Development Coalition

The purpose of the Bureau County Youth Development Coalition is to bring together interested and concerned individuals, groups, and agencies, to help develop and implement a plan to address issues that affect our county's youth. Our goal is to assist families, and to assist youth in becoming involved and caring members of our community.

The coalition values:

Sharing & integration; Learning; Creating model processes and products for other communities to use; A comprehensive approach; And will be prepared to act upon opportunities

Coalition Facts:

  • Bureau County Youth Development Coalition developed as a result of University of Illinois Extension - Bureau County's needs assessment process to determine the issues for youth in Bureau County. 100s of youth and adults were involved in this comprehensive needs assessment conducted from October 2000 - March 2001. Youth were included in all aspects of the needs assessment, including surveys, youth and adult focus groups, and key informant interviews. The coalition was an outcome of University of Illinois Extension's ongoing work in addressing youth issues.
  • The coalition brings everyone together and builds on strengths and combines resources of those involved. Members of the coalition identify gaps and work together to fill the gaps by developing a plan, and accessing new resources creating opportunities regarding youth issues.
  • University of Illinois Extension - Bureau County is convening the coalition meetings and Extension brought a resource-the Children, Youth, and Families At- Risk (CYFAR) program opportunity to help address issues. This is a 6 -year grant. The first 2 years are for the assessment and planning phase--deciding how to address the issues. The next 4 years are for program start-up and initial implementation and for locating additional resources for funding at the end of the 6 years to continue the services developed and put into place through the coalition's work.
  • The coalition has selected four main issues for a focus over the next six years. After-school programs, prevention/alternate youth activities, development of a youth center guided by youth/adults with activities geared for multiple age groups, and creating a network of support for parenting issues - resource and referral system/guide development (National Initiatives for Child Care).
  • The issues selected for the Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) grant will serve as model programs in that steps will be documented for future implementation by other communities, in Bureau County or elsewhere.
  • A purpose statement has been developed:
    • The purpose of the Bureau County Youth Development Coalition is to bring together interested and concerned individuals, groups, and agencies, to help develop and implement a plan to address issues that affect our county's youth. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for youth and their families, and to assist them in becoming involved and caring members of our society.
  • The coalition has a county-wide focus, considering ALL towns and rural areas in the county in its efforts. There are over 100 members of the coalition to date, representing the faith community, professionals from agencies, educators, school administrators, interested community members, and youth. Anyone who is interested in the coalition's efforts is encouraged to attend the monthly meeting at the University of Illinois - Bureau County office located at 850 Thompson Street, Princeton, IL in the Becker Professional Suites Building. The phone number is 815-875-2878. Please call to be placed on the mailing list or for more information. There is no cost to become involved.