CYFARChildren Youth and Families At Risk
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The current New York State CYFAR project, the Youth Voices project, involves two counties and is entering into its second year.
In Jefferson County, a rural area of northern New York, the CYFAR project takes the form of a Youth Voices theater group.
Something unique to the CYFAR and the Youth Voices projects is that the teenagers in both Erie and Jefferson counties are administering a mini-grants program.
Another important aspect of the CYFAR projects requires them to introduce or strengthen the use of technology at the local level.
New York State's last round of five-year CYFAR projects, which ran from 1994 to 1999 in eight counties, was called the Reducing Risks and Increasing Capacity project.
The CYFAR projects also must be formally evaluated, something not required of many similar programs.
CYFAR projects take many different forms in many different states, Goggin observes.
The CYFAR projects have been able to connect and enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship with the Assets Coming Together (ACT) for Youth Initiative, a New York State Department of Health program that funds 11 sites statewide.