The Center for Youth's School-Based Services are committed to providing opportunities that empower youth and help improve their lives and communities.

After-School Programs: The Center for Youth staff, volunteers and interns deliver after-school programs to provide academic enrichment and recreational opportunities. We promote school and community engagement with the goals of increasing attendance, increasing academic success, decreasing suspensions and fostering well-rounded youth.

Alternative-to-Suspension (ATS): The Center for Youth delivers the ATS program in Rochester City Schools as well as suburban and charter schools. ATS is designed to:

  • reduce short-term, out-of-school suspensions;
  • minimize disruptive behavior;
  • avoid future suspensions;
  • and keep youth on track with their academics.

Instead of sending students home, schools keep students in a classroom with a Social Learning Specialist from The Center for Youth and a teacher or teacher’s aide. The Center for Youth provides socio-emotional support and teaches life-skills and positive coping mechanisms, while the teacher ensures the students complete their regular classroom assignments.

Extended Learning Time: We offer support services for schools in the Rochester City School District that have extended learning time. Our prevention educators develop and deliver prevention education curricula and workshops, and our child family therapists establish relationships with parents, guardians and caregivers to foster the success of their children.

Learn 2 Earn: The Center for Youth offers Learn2Earn to assist youth in establishing and successfully attaining educational and employment goals. Learn more.

New Beginning: The Center for Youth, in partnership with the Youth and Justice Program of the RCSD, has developed an academic alternative program, featuring a personalized learning environment: The New Beginning Program is a ground-breaking approach that addresses the academic and social-emotional issues of young men, ages 16-21, that have experienced personal challenges. This school offers a structured, consistent, predictable and supportive environment that promotes positive relationships are imperative to the young men’s sense of security, safety and self.  Learn more. 

Prevention Education Services (PES): Our team of prevention education specialists offers research-based, interactive workshops geared toward schools and other youth organizations in Monroe County. Evidence-based prevention programs such as Botvin’s Life Skills help children and teens make healthy decisions. Examples topics include:

  • Communication        
  • Alcohol and drug awareness
  • Prejudice
  • Depression and suicide
  • Sexuality
  • Conflict resolution

School-Based Counseling: Our school-based counselors provide crisis-intervention counseling to students, families or groups as well as referral services.

The Center is welcoming to all youth and strives to provide services that are respectful of the many cultural, ethnic, religious, and GLBT identities youth represent.