Town changes definition of youth

During the Dec. 20 town board meeting, a public hearing was held to consider raising the age that the town’s Youth Bureau recognizes “youth,” from 18 to 24 years of age. The new Town Code amendment was unanimously adopted. Councilman Kevin LaValle, who spoke during the public hearing, explained that the change came at the request of the Town’s Youth Bureau counselors. The bureau has seen an increase of college-aged students who are older than 18 requesting to participate in the services provided. The mission of the Brookhaven Town Youth Bureau is to support and encourage the moral, physical, mental and social wellbeing of youth in Brookhaven Town. They do this by providing services, programs and counseling for young people up to 24 years of age, while also monitoring and providing oversight for several youth agencies and programs that receive funding through Brookhaven Town. To learn more, call 631-451-8011 or visit

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