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State Youth Funding Streams

The Youth Development Delinquency Prevention (YDDP) program was established in New York State as collaborative effort between the State and localities. Under the current law, the State matches local efforts in youth development and delinquency prevention services on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to a specified limit determined by a per capita formula. For example, as of 2003 New York City received just over one-third of the state appropriation of $32.7 million and matches it with approximately $11 million in city tax levy funds. Thus, the City has a total of roughly $22 million per year for local YDDP programs.

Once New York City's most flexible youth program funding stream, supporting more than 850 programs and 340,000 young people per year, state YDDP funding currently solely supports the City's OST initiative.

Special Delinquency Prevention Program (SDPP): This funding stream enables local community organizations and youth bureaus to provide counseling, academic assistance, dropout prevention, and other services to youth in high-need areas.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA): This funding stream bolsters local efforts to reach and reconnect with youth who are at risk of becoming or who have already become homeless.