City of Binghamton, New York

Youth Bureau

The Mentor NOW Program pairs volunteer mentors with students in the Binghamton City School District.  

Mentors spend an hour each week at their mentee's school participating in one-on-one activities with their mentee. The Mentor NOW program aims to promote academic advancement, improve attendance and support behavior enrichment by connecting students with mentors who boost self-esteem, improve social skills and support academic activties.

The Lee Barta Community Center is located at 108 Liberty St. on Binghamton’s North Side.  

Berkshire Life House

Berkshire Life House is program designed to keep youth under the age of 21 safe and offer possible alternatives, serves youths who are, or are at risk of becoming runaways or homeless.  The program provides a 24-hour, toll free crisis hotline, non-residential crisis counseling, and case management services.  For more information click here.

The 2012 "Summer Literacy Program" was a 6 week pilot program located at Horace Mann Elementary School.  The program was a collaboration between the City of Binghamton Youth Bureau, City Parks and Recreation Department, and Binghamton School District.  The literacy program was designed to retain/enhance literacy skills for summer fun participants, ages 5-10.

Youth & Community Engagement


The City of Binghamton offers a variety of programs that serve, support and engage Binghamton's youth. Working closely with non-profit partners and Binghamton schools, the City is committed to ensuring its young residents have the resources and support they need to grow and succeed. 


The following are the core values upon which the City of Binghamton Youth Success Initiative stands.

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