Every young person, regardless of their circumstances or history, has tremendous potential to achieve great things. Family Services' Youth Development Programs help young people achieve their full potential by helping them harness their inherent strengths and abilities.
Some kids need more guidance and help to uncover their potential. That is what Family Services' youth programs are designed to do.
Our current youth development programs include:
- Big Friends Little Friends all matches kids with positive adult role models who provide friendship, guidance, and the motivation to succeed in school and in life.
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recruits, trains and supervises volunteer advocates who advocate in court for the best interests of abused and neglected children. Family Services' CASA program advocates in the juvenile courts in Northern Essex County, MA. (Lawrence & Newburyport).
- ESTEEM (Experiencing Success Through Empowerment Encouragement and Education) is a voluntary program for youth involved with the juvenile justice system. Through active engagement in self improvement through individual and group activities, ESTEEM helps young people rediscover their potential.
- Stand & Deliver provides one-on-one academic mentoring in partnership with local businesses to help students graduate high school and move onto future academic and career success.
- Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is a 10
week after school program for 12-19 year old youth that
teaches abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and
sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). PREP also covers many adult preparation
subjects such as financial
literacy, career success, and healthy relationships.
- Sibs is a program for teens in Lawrence that helps them break the cycle of teen pregnancy through individual case management and group programming.