Audio Description: The Interagency Coordinating Council on Youth held its annual public hearing on December 3rd at the Department of Youth and Community Development. The hearing allowed the public a civic opportunity to be heard on issues that are important to them such as access to mental health services and guidance counselors in schools.
The Interagency Coordinating Council on Youth (ICC) is a New York City Charter mandated entity that was created in 1989 to promote interagency collaboration on issues relevant to young people and to support youth and families by utilizing the City of New York’s multitude of government resources. This is accomplished through partnerships among city-based agencies that serve youth, community-based organizations and not-for-profit providers to eliminate duplication and where possible promote new initiatives and partnerships. The ICC primary membership is comprised of representatives of each of the city’s 20 youth serving agencies and is directed by the Commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development. The ICC meets quarterly; meetings are rotated among member agencies, holds at least one public hearing annually and produces an annual report on its activities.
ICC members include New York City agencies that fund or provide direct services to youth, as well as those that indirectly support youth services. Member agencies are committed to enhancing the quality of youth services through collaborative strategic planning and information sharing. The ICC also works to identify areas where duplication or fragmentation in services may be reduced to improve cost efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.
Work groups help to develop innovative and focused approaches to further advance programs for youth and families.