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Runaway & Homeless Youth

  • Every day, an alarming number of youth community members leave home without parental permission or are forced to leave home. Frequently, they fall victim to sexual exploitation, poor health, and other dangers of street life. Mohawk Valley Community Action works with community-based programs to address the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. Through the Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, MVCAA aims to increase young people's safety and well-being and to help them build permanent connections with caring adults, with the goal of reuniting them with their families (as appropriate). Both male and female youth in crisis will receive emergency shelter care for up to 21 days. MVCAA will provide direct case management with referrals for counseling, and aftercare services. In addition, MVCAA will work to strengthen family relationships and, in the absence of family reunification, help youth find safe and appropriate alternative living arrangements through partnerships with local programs.


  • The goals and objectives of the Basic Center Program are to:
    1. Alleviate problems of runaway and homeless youth;
    2. Reunite youth with their families, if deemed safe, and encourage the resolution of intra-family problems through counseling and other services;
    3. Strengthen family relationships and encourage stable living conditions for youth; and
    4. Help youth decide on constructive courses of action.


Older Youth Training Program

  • MVCAA in partnership with the Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida Counties, offers Out-Of-School Youth Work Placement Services. Youth receive work readiness training and on-the-job training in facility maintenance and weatherization services. Work readiness training includes: financial literacy, resume writing, interviewing skills, and learning hands-on what will be expected of them in a work environment. Referrals are made to the program from the Workforce Investment Board.  Youth ages 18-24 may participate in the program.  For information, call 315-624-9930 x2275.


Summer Rec

  • We provide opportunities for low-income, inner-city youth to participate in fun, and educational, recreational camps during the summer months. Some of the camps include MVCC Reading Rangers, Fossil Fun, The Utica Zoo, MVCC Swim, Camp Nazareth, and much more.  Call for further details.


Developmental Services Offices (DSO) Programs

  • Service Access:
    • We assist families who may have children eligible for Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) services through the process of applying for eligibility and getting connected with ongoing services.
  • Recreation & Respite:
    • We offer children, teens, and young adults the opportunity to create lasting memories through social interactions during our activities and outings.
    • We offer parents, guardians, and families temporary relief from worrying about how they can ensure the child is living an enjoyable life. as well as teh needed downtime to rest and relax.


Community Day

  • An annual event for kids and families held in Utica.


Youth Bash

  • An annual event for kids and families held in Rome.
9882 River Road, Utica, NY 13502 Phone: (315) 624-9930 DonateDonate