Mayor's Office for Children, Youth & Families

Purpose

Mayor with kidsThe Mayor's Office for Children, Youth and Families, housed in the City of Charleston's Executive Department, exists to promote, support, and facilitate partnerships and programming within the community to provide citizens with the resources, supports, and access to services that they need to thrive and succeed.  The mission is achieved by fostering collaboration among community partners that are working meeting the salient needs of the community.

Function

MOCYF functions as a service enabler, not a service provider. MOCYF's role is to provide the infrastructure that supports service providers, identifies needs, helps create programs to meet those needs, and ensures long-term sustainability of services.

MOCYF oversees the Mayor's Office on Aging, the Division of Youth Programs, both of which partner with internal departments and external organizations to serve seniors and youth respectively.  MOCYF serves as intermediary project sponsor for AmeriCorps VISTA, through which AmeriCorps VISTA members serve with non-profits and public agencies to build capacity.  MOCYF is also a local affiliate of the international Youth Volunteer Corps organization.  

Major Events and Initiatives

First Day Festival

The First Day Festival is a celebration of education that brings families and children together the Sunday before school starts for a fun day of free activities, information on community and school-based services, and free school supplies.

Annual Youth Summit

The Youth Summit is planned and facilitated each year by high school students serving on the Mayor's Youth Commission.  Students meet with Mayor Tecklenburg to discuss the topics and issues that are relevant today, and plan a summit to engage their peers from Charleston County High Schools in discussions on those issues.  Youth interested in serving on the Mayor's Youth Commission can contact Jennifer Gorham at gorhamj@charleston-sc.gov.

Bank On Charleston Coalition

Through the Bank On Charleston Coalition, we seek to provide residents with access to safe affordable bank accounts and to financial literacy resources and services.  The mission of Bank On Charleston is to equip adults and youth with skills and knowledge to achieve their financial goals.  Bank On Charleston is part of the national Bank On Initiative led by the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund.  For more information, visit www.bankoncharleston.org.  Additional information on our partners is available here.