Youth Services & Community Engagement
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 588 people at their 2021 event.
ASPIRA Youth Mentoring Program
The goal of ASPIRA is to involve mentors in the lives of young people promoting positive behaviors, attitudes and outcomes for middle school students at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, Monroe Lower, East High School, RCSD School# 12 and #28. The program will significantly help young people grow as individuals and provide them with the academic and personal support they need to thrive.
Prevention Education Services
Familias Unidas, A family-based program for Hispanic families conducted in Spanish. It is designed to prevent conduct disorders; use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes; and risky sexual behaviors by improving family functioning. The intervention is delivered primarily through multi-parent groups, which aim to develop effective parenting skills, and family visits, during which parents apply skills while interacting with their adolescent.