Audio Description: On Wednesday, April 10th the Interagency Coordinating Council on Youth celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Department of Youth and Community Development. DYCD Commissioner & ICC Director Bill Chong convened the ICC’s Membership to recognize the ICC’s stature as one of the City of New York’s longest standing working bodies that brings together city-based agencies, providers and advocates for purposes of enhancing services for young people. Over the past 30 years the ICC has been effective in developing collaborations, trainings and events among its members to strengthen services for youth, families and communities. Attendees included NYC Council Member and Youth Services committee chair Debi Rose and the senior leadership of ICC member agencies. A slide show highlighting the history of the ICC was screened as well as the awarding of ICC ambassadorships to outstanding individuals that have embodied the ICC’s focus of working together on behalf of youth.
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.