For some youth, adolescence presents challenges beyond acne and high school crushes. Youth who become involved in the court system, either by spending time in juvenile detention facilities or by participating in risky behavior, require services unique to their situations.
The Children’s Aid Society coordinates several programs geared towards these adolescents’ emotional, educational and physical well-being. They include:
LINC Youth Justic Program Youth returning home from juvenile justice facilities often need assistance registering for school, gaining employment and finding community service opportunities. This program serves youth in the Bronx and Manhattan.
WORKLINC Job readiness skills are emphasized in this four-month internship supervised by a Children’s Aid mentor.
Functional Family Therapy As of 2013, FFT has been used to facilitate the return of youth housed in non-secure placement facilities to their families in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens.