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Youth and Young Adults: Social and Educational

Amsterdam, NY Youth & Young AdultsThe youth of Amsterdam are the future leaders, business persons and residents that will help shape the future of Amsterdam. The City, School District and many private and public organizations are committed to providing opportunities to young people of all ages in areas of sports, leadership/mentoring, and education.

We encourage all of our young citizens to take advantage of the opportunities available to them, and ask that all members of the community help support these programs by volunteering and being active in young peoples lives.

Social Groups:

Amsterdam Community Dollars for Scholars

Amsterdam Community Dollars for Scholars scholarships will be awarded to qualifying Amsterdam students enrolled in post-secondary education or training for the 2008-2009 academic year.

The Sam Picciocca Memorial Scholarship Fund will award two $1,000 scholarships to Amsterdam students students enrolled in a trade or technical training program after High School graduation for the 2008-2009 academic year.

  • Contact: Jackie Marciniack, Board President
  • Phone: (518) 770-7505

Centro Civico

Kids joustingCentro Civico of Amsterdam is a Latino not-for-profit organization in Montgomery County with the capacity to administer funds, deliver vital services, housing initiatives and community economic development to the Latino Community.

The mission of Centro Civico, a Latino organization with the ability to generate unique services for all cultures, is to educate the community and act as a vehicle for self sufficiency and growth.

  • Address: 143 East Main St.
  • Phone:(518) 842-3762

Cub Scouts

Scouting serves young men and women in every part of the country through more than 300 local council service centers. Each council helps chartered organizations in its geographic area to effectively use the Scouting program and to expand the use of the program to other community groups.

Mohawks Game - National Anthem with childern

DeMolay of New York

DeMolay of New York is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. Basing its approach on timeless principles and practical, hands-on experience, DeMolay opens doors for young men aged 12 to 21 by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills so vitally needed in society today.


DeMolay of New York combines this serious mission with a fun approach that builds important bonds of friendship among members in more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.

Girl Scouts of America

Girls Scouts is a wonderful program for girls ranging in ages from Kindergarten thru 12th grade. The Girl Scouts program covers all kinds of topics from sports, technology, and camping, to science and math and just about anything in between.

Most troops are located in Churches, civic organizations buildings or schools. Most troops meet weekly. The 202 Service unit covers Amsterdam,Tribes Hill,Hagaman, Fonda, Fultonville, Fort Johnson areas.

We are looking for adults and girls to start more troops in this service unit. If anyone is interested please contact:

Learn and Serve America

Learn and Serve is a service-learning program. The two components of the program are a primary/middle school Reading Buddies program and a senior recreational program called Generation Gaps Gone. This program is funded by the Greater Amsterdam School District through the New York State Education Program.

Medical Explorers

The St. Mary's Medical Explorer Post group was founded in 1995 and is comprised of area high school students who are interested in learning more about healthcare and healthcare related careers. The students meet once per month at the hospital and are provided with informative speakers, tours of various departments and hands on demonstrations. In addition to the monthly meetings the group actively participates in community service projects and initiatives throughout the year. At the end of each explorer post year, the group enjoys an overnight trip to an amusement park.

New members are welcome to join at any time during the explorer post year which runs concurrently with the school calendar. If you know of a high school student who is interested in learning more about the Medical Explorer Post group please contact Jackie Marciniak, Public Relations Coordinator at St. Mary's Hospital and Post Leader.

Police Explorers

Amsterdam Police OfficersThe Amsterdam Police Explorers meet every Monday night from 6pm-8pm at the Amsterdam Police Department. Anyone between the ages of 14 and 21 with good moral conduct and an interest in law enforcement is encouraged to attend. The Explorers do role playing and scenarios. They help out with community events, do fundraiser's (car washes), help with security at football games and hold the annual haunted house at Vern's. The Explorer post was started by Chief Brownell. The Explorers recently went to Connecticut to compete at Station's day against other Explorers throughout the north east. The Explorers took home three 1st place awards. If an explorer is age 16 or over and has good attendance to meetings they may be eligible for the ride-a-long program, in which they can ride with a Police Officer.

Schoharie River Center

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to educational and cultural programming about the Schoharie Creek and the communities which make up the Schoharie River Valley. Formed in 1999, it is a membership organization which sponsors and operates Environmental Study Team (EST) programs in Amsterdam, Burtonsville, Schenectady and Conesville, NY. Located in Burtonsville, NY, The Schoharie River Center is also active in a variety of community, historical and cultural programs and activities.

Sea Cadets

The Naval Sea Cadet and League Cadet Corps are for American youth ages 10-17 who have a desire to learn about the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. Sea Cadets are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with the Sea Cadet Corps insignia. The objectives of the Sea Cadet program are to introduce youth to naval life, to develop in them a sense of pride, patriotism, courage, and self-reliance, and to maintain an environment free of drugs and gangs. The MAHAN Division is also proud to host a Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) Training Ship, the "Training Ship Louis D. Liskin". The training ship is for young Americans ages 10-13 and drills alongside the MAHAN Division.

Our cadets are instructed by both Sea Cadet Officers, active duty military and senior cadets through classroom and applied instruction in subjects such as basic seamanship, military drill, and leadership. Our unit also participates in Sea Cadet regional weekend competitions where units compete with each other to test their seamanship and military skills.

The Spanish HIV/AIDS Hotline

This is a statewide hotline that serves Spanish speaking residents with HIV/AIDS information and referrals to medical institutions, service providers and HIV testing locations in New York State. It also disseminates HIV/AIDS materials to callers and service providers upon request. The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute funds this program.

  • Hotline Number: 1-800-233-7432

YCIP - Youth Construction Initiative Program

The Youth Construction Initiative Program is an on-the-job-training experience for non-college bound students. It is designed to afford 11th and 12th graders, especially minorities, females and economically disadvantaged an opportunity to explore careers in heavy highway construction.

Learn and Earn:

  • Monthly Stipends
  • Safety Equipment
  • Tools
  • Driver Education Training
  • 10-Hour Certificate OSHA Safety Training
  • Resume Writing and Interview Skills
  • First Aid and CPR Training
  • Paid Summer Internships

Other Services: Translation services from Spanish to English and English to Spanish, oral and written.

  • Contact: Vivian Rambo
  • Phone: (518) 843-6197


Zonta is a women’s social group in Montgomery County with more than 33,000 members worldwide. In Montgomery County, Zonta has raised and donated more than $60,000 to the Amsterdam Memorial Foundation in an effort to provide mammogram's to uninsured, help local efforts to stamp out Domestic Violence, provide support to women returning to the workforce as well as supporting seniors by sponsoring social events at the Sanford Women’s Home.

Kids with Amsterdam Fireman

Educational Groups:

Information about school clubs, sports and groups are available through the Greater Amsterdam School District

For more informaton please contact the school at (518) 843-4932, or visit their web site at


  • Majorette Band Flag Instructor
  • Key Club
  • Football/Basketball Cheerleader
  • Choral Club for Drama Musicals
  • Orchestra Club for Drama Musicals
  • Marching Band Assistant
  • Marching Band
  • Drill Writing
  • Jazz Band
  • Drama Club
  • Multi Cultural Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Yearbook
  • Ski Club
  • Technology Club
  • Newspaper
  • Student Government
  • Peer Leadership
  • Mediation
  • Rotary Interact
  • Freshmen Class
  • Sophomore Class
  • Junior Class
  • Senior Class
  • Mock Trial
  • Wrestling Cheerleader
  • Master Minds
  • Math League/ GEMS
  • Operation Smile

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