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 xservices 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 Youth 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.
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.