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Choices for Youth

Our main focus is to provide young people with adequate, stable, and age-appropriate support systems during a transition period in their lives. Part of helping youth move to more stable, healthy living situations is helping to walk youth through issues and activities that are difficult for any person to maneuver. This includes:

  • Helping youth access financial support to stabilize their immediate situation
  • Mediate family issues if continuing to live at home (or moving back home) is a possible option for youth
  • Counseling youth through day-to-day issues and conflict resolution
  • Providing youth with referrals for services such as drug treatment or healthcare services
  • Attending appointments with youth for treatment or healthcare services and supporting their efforts to make healthier life choices
  • Helping young people find stable, safe housing
  • Mediating conflict or issues with landlords
  • Providing youth with basic necessities (food, clothing, shower and laundry facilities)
  • Providing emergency shelter to young men (and referrals for shelter to young women)
  • Assisting young people obtain proper I.D. to access financial support and healthcare services
  • Create and encourage employment and educational opportunities that work for youth

Another key aspect to helping youth is building a solid relationship of trust and empowering them to make healthy life choices. At Choices, this involves employing a “Harm Reduction” philosophy where youth are met and accepted regardless of what choices they are currently making. Staff at Choices create a supportive, safe environment where youth can increasingly become more involved and build trusting relationships, gradually making changes when they are ready.

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