The Youth Services Division’s mission is to advocate for and enhance the quality of life for youth and their families in Monroe County. We achieve this by providing services in the areas of education, health, leadership development, cultural enrichment and employment. The division also organizes an annual Coat Giveaway at the start of the holiday season and served 621 people at their 2020 event.
ASPIRA Mentoring Program
The ASPIRA Mentoring Program provides leadership development, community engagement projects, career information, referrals and long-term mentoring for middle school students at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, Monroe Lower, East High School, RCSD School# 12 and #28. The goal is to increase academic performance, attendance, and social-emotional skills while promoting physical wellness.
Projecto Ayuda Outreach (PAO) provides both school-based and after-school substance abuse prevention, which includes one-on-one counseling and single session workshops for parents and youth. Funded by the NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
Restorative Justice Mediation Program
Our Restorative Justice Mediation Program (RJM) provides restorative conversations and support for students at Monroe High School to reduce conflicts and suspensions, which results in a peaceful and productive learning environment. Last school year, RJM served 711 students, 504 of which only spoke Spanish.
The Safe Zone Training Program
The Safe Zone Training Program helps participants to increase awareness and identify ways that participants and their organizations can achieve more safe and inclusive workplaces, schools and other social settings that are culturally relevant and supportive to LGBTQI+ individuals, as well as straight, cisgender people who care about diversity, equality and inclusion.