ALBANY – The Association of New York State Youth Bureaus named Kathleen Fenlon, Executive Director of the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, as the recipient of the Polly Sanders Award at the Association’s annual awards luncheon in Albany this fall.
The award is given annually to an administrator in the youth and human services field in New York State who has demonstrated creative “out of the box” thinking in the planning and delivery of services to youth and families. The individual must have strongly advocated for and utilized the Youth Bureau system in the delivery of services to youth and families.
Polly Sanders was a long time Youth Bureau Director from Chemung County who passed away several years ago. She was a strong advocate of utilizing the services and expertise of the Youth Bureau to meet the needs of youth, family services and comprehensive planning for Chemung County.
Fenlon has served as the Executive Director of the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau since 1988. Under her leadership, many services were developed to assist Oswego County’s youth, including programs that assist youth in achieving successful graduation, employment and citizenship. Fenlon is an active board member and Treasurer of the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus (ANYSYB), which represents youth bureaus and youth boards, not-for-profit youth service organizations and municipalities throughout New York State.
“Through Ms. Fenlon’s tireless commitment, the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus has been able to remain a leading voice on youth development issues across New York State,” said Jackie Negri, Executive Director, Association of New York State Youth Bureaus. “Kathy goes above and beyond to volunteer her time, vision and expertise of the youth development system, which has directly benefited millions of youth across not only in Oswego County, but across the State.”