Administrative Core Unit (ACU) Overview

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Youth Service Bureaus...
  • Are the lead local prevention agencies in Connecticut. Prevention is an active process of creating the community conditions that promote the well being of young people.
  • Mobilize their communities to encourage citizens, institutions, service organizations, and decision-makers to plan programs and strategies that foster positive youth and family development.
  • Provide ongoing assessment of youth concerns/issues and coordinate communities to maximize the use of their resources to meet youth needs.
  • Offer opportunities for youth involvement in community policy decisions affecting their development.

Five Areas of Function:

Community Involvement

  • Volunteering Recruitment
  • Running Meetings
  • Statewide Networking
  • Regional Networking
  • Gaining Entry into Systems
  • Community Organization and Outreach
  • Board and Task Force Involvement
  • Empowering Community Organizations
  • Youth Advisory Board

Resource Development

  • Networking
  • Providing Information
  • Fundraising
  • Program Development
  • Knowledge of Foundations
  • Provide Technical Assistance
  • Provide Consulting to Other Groups
  • State Funding
  • Professional Development
  • State and National Awareness

Research and Assessment

  • Needs Identification & Assessment
  • Program Evaluation – Existing and New
  • Grant Writing
  • Program Selection
  • Library/Resource File
  • Statistical Analysis
  • College/University Interface
  • Program Development


  • Voice for Youth and Youth Issues
  • Media Relations
  • Speaking at Public Hearings
  • Contacts with Local & States Officials
  • State Funding
  • Letter Writing
  • Endorsing/Creating Legislation
  • Networking
  • Proactive Trend Awareness of Youth Issues
  • Increase Community Awareness of Youth Needs

Management and Administration

  • Staff Recruitment and Supervision
  • Staff Evaluation and Development
  • Filing Regulations and Implementation
  • Monitoring of Subcontractors
  • Maintenance of Organizational Structure
  • Financial Management – Budgets, Grants, etc.
  • Casework and Clinical Supervision
  • Staff Morale and Burn-out Prevention
  • Management and Information Services (MIS)
  • Board Management
  • Marketing
  • Facility Management
  • Policy Development
  • Decision Making
  • State Funding
  • Legal, Insurance & Tax Issues