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In their local communities, Youth Service Bureau’s offer a variety of programs based on the following four core roles:

  • Delinquency Prevention - programs aimed at preventing delinquent behavior by providing positive alternatives for keeping youth out of the justice system
  • Advocacy - activities that support, represent and protect the children and youth
  • Community Education - services that educate and raise communities’ awareness about issues central to healthy youth development
  • Information and Referral - the sharing of information on and referral to a variety of youth serving agencies

Programs based on these core roles can include (but are not limited to):

  • Counseling (individual and family)
  • School based programming (alternatives to detention and expulsion)
  • Teen Court & Restorative Justice
  • Academic skills enhancement (i.e. Tutoring & Homework Assistance)
  • Crisis and Basic Needs - (Safe Place, emergency shelter, phone crisis lines, food and clothing pantries)
  • Mentoring - typically after-school site based programs
  • Family support and parenting - adult and teen parenting skills courses, supervised visitation
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention programs
  • Truancy programs
  • Residential care - long and short-term
  • Advocacy - CASA (court appointed special advocates), work with state and local legislators on policies affecting youth and families
  • School based recreation
  • Assessment and referral