Adolescent Services

The mission of our Adolescent Services program is to provide an environment that empowers young people to achieve a positive, productive, and drug-free lifestyle. Our program focuses on adolescents and young adults (ages 12-18) who we consider to be “at–risk” for developing a drug or alcohol problem, as well as those teens already struggling with drug and alcohol issues.

Reasons for Referral

The stresses of the teen and young adult years can make youth especially susceptible
to drug or alcohol abuse. Signs of a possible problem include:

  • experimental or active drug or alcohol use
  • changes in attitude towards school, home or family
  • legal problems
  • changes in usual behavior and/or mood
  • changes in social relationships (i.e. “falling in with a bad crowd”)
  • behavioral changes, including depression; anger; sensitivity; defensiveness; secrecy; aggression; spending time alone; or violence
  • physical changes, including hyperactivity; sleepiness; a haggard, drawn appearance; or dramatic changes in dress

Program Philosophy

 

Our program focuses on building individual strengths and minimizing risk factors which help adolescents grow up to be healthy, caring, and responsible. Research shows that the more of these assets a young person has, the less likely they are to abuse drugs, skip school, fight, or attempt suicide. We strive to help young people develop as many of these building blocks as possible – which will ultimately help them succeed in school, resist danger, maintain good health, overcome trouble and grow to their full potential.

Program Goals

 

  • to develop skills to cope with feelings/experiences
  • to develop skills for surviving adversity, both today and down the road
  • to learn to have fun without the use of alcohol and drugs
  • to build the confidence to resist temptation and pressure
  • to develop one’s own inner strengths
  • to help establish the sense of empowerment that comes with self-reliance
  • to reassure that it’s ok to get help when you need it, at any age
  • to foster sobriety and recovery from each individual’s identified needs
  • to build a network of positive relationships, and engage in positive activities and behaviors

Friday Night Club is a positive alternative group that is open to youth, ages 11-15, who are interested in making their Friday nights fun, interactive and productive. This group will engage youth in Teen Night programming at the YMCA, positive alternative trips/activities and in-house evidence-based prevention activities aimed at building important life skills. This group is FREE to all and the only requirement is that participants must be drug-free.

Youth Anger Management is open to youth and teens ages 6-17. Anger management is a 12-week program which seeks to reduce anger, aggression and tantrums while improving coping skills. It is designed to combat unhealthy core beliefs, promote responsible behavior and enhance the quality of life of our youth and their caregivers. Groups are separated by age. There is a nominal weekly fee for this program.

Parenting Skills is a 12-week program aimed at enhancing knowledge and understanding of the multi-faceted aspects of parenting. These classes take an in-depth look at child development, communication, discipline, child/family health, learning/play, stress, nutrition, budget, substance abuse, family violence and teen behavior. There is a nominal weekly fee for this program.