Homeless, runaway and at-risk youth face a battery of everyday obstacles. At present, far too few resources are in place to help these young adults. Below, you’ll find information and links to some of the resources currently available. If you know of a resource not listed here, please contact us!
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Ali Forney Transitional Housing Program
The Ali Forney Center offers housing to 40 LGBT youth in six scattered sites in Brooklyn. Residents are able to live in the transitional housing program for up to two years, where they have access to employment and education assistance. Ali Forney places a great deal of emphasis on preparing young adults for independent living.
The Children’s Village offers housing at Stepping Stone, a 12-unit apartment building for formerly homeless young adults in Yonkers. Tenants at this transitional residence, all aged 18-24, have access to on-site services to help them secure employment and other services. Stepping Stone represents the first transitional housing project for young adults in Westchester County.
An award-winning green collar job-training program, the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training (BEST) Academy, embodies a commitment to preparing New York City residents for the green collar workforce. To qualify, a person must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED. Training is free, and graduation will prepare people for skills in building maintenance or green construction.
The HOPE Program
The HOPE Program helps connect low-income individuals to jobs and educational opportunities. HOPE provides training in literacy, math, computer skills, stress management and other skills. The organization offers two programs in particular: HOPEworks, which provides 12 weeks of classroom instruction for a wide range of careers, and FOODworks, an eight-week training program for men and women interested in working in the food retail industry.
Next Generation Center
The Children’s Aid Society’s Next Generation Center (NGC) supports high-risk young people aged 14-24 as they transition to adulthood. Located in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, the program provides services to foster care youth, youth who’ve aged out of foster care and those involved in the juvenile justice system. Specifically, NGC offers training and subsidized internships, educational guidance and advocacy, housing assistance and creative, visual arts, multimedia, fitness and recreational programming.
Sustainable South Bronx, a division of The HOPE Program, is proud to partner with the New York City Department of Small Business Services on NYC °CoolRoofs, a City initiative that can reduce your summer cooling costs by up to 30%, while still keeping the building cool, reducing carbon emissions, and employing local jobseekers. NYC °CoolRoofs provides FREE rooftop coatings for buildings that house non-profits, public services, affordable housing developments, or city agencies. NYC CoolRoofs will be hiring for crews throughout the year. Please contact Alex Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org or (646) 400-5438 to share potential partners, get information on recruitment periods, or with any other questions.
Out-of-School Youth Program
OSY is a year-long program for low-income youth between the ages of 16-21 who are not working and not in school. OSY provides services to help youth upgrade their job skills and find permanent work. The program offers occupational skills training in industries including construction, food service, tourism, healthcare and retail, as well as assistance with job and college placement, GED preparation and support services.
The Reciprocity Foundation helps connect at-risk youth to an array of professional and personal resources. This organization has particular experience serving youth of color and/or youth who identify as LGBTQ. Reciprocity has been highlighted on major news outlets and “America’s Next Top Model;” seven Reciprocity youth were also nominated for an Emmy for co-producing the film INVISIBLE: Diaries of New York’s Homeless Youth. To learn more, see this video of Reciprocity co-founder Taz Tagore and Isis King, a Reciprocity graduate, present at the Network’s annual conference.
Summer Youth Employment Program
SYEP provides NYC youth ages 14-24 with paid, entry-level summer employment for up to seven weeks. Specialized programming is available for foster care, runaway and homeless youth. Youth can apply to work in a number of different settings: nonprofits, museums, hospitals, summer camps and more. Participants are selected by a lottery for the program.
Year Up is a one-year training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits and corporate internships. This is an ideal program for low-income youth looking to work in a corporate or office setting. Eighty-four percent of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the program. Employed graduates earn an average of $15 per hour.
Young Adult Workforce Development Provider Directory
This document offers a thorough rundown of job-related services for NYC youth in all five boroughs. It was created in 2011 to help facilitate referrals and collaboration between foster care agencies and workforce development providers. The New York City Young Adult Workforce Provider Directory includes relevant information on more than 50 workforce opportunities in all five boroughs.
YouthBuild and Young Adult Internship Program
YouthBuild is a free training program offered by the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC). The program offers training in construction work, GED and leadership skills for young adults ages 17-24. NMIC also offers its Young Adult Training Program for low-income New Yorkers ages 16-24. The program, launched in 2011, currently serves 90 young adults.
CUNY’s Fatherhood Academy
The CUNY Fatherhood Academy is a free program designed to promote responsible parenting and economic stability for unemployed and underemployed fathers, ages 18-24, through education, employment, and personal development. The program provides a range of academic and personal supports including TASC (High School Equivalency test) preparation classes, tutoring, individualized counseling, parenting seminars, MTA Metrocards, and job preparation. The CFA also offers college and career readiness workshops to prepare participants for college enrollment and identify a career path. Attaining a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, enrolling into college, increased familial engagement, and acquiring gainful employment are all essential goals for the participants enrolled in the CFA. The program will launch at LaGuardia Community College, Hostos Community College, and Kingsborough Community College in January 2016. The colleges are in the process of recruiting participants for the upcoming HSE prep cohort.To learn more, contact Sydney Kopp-Richardson at email@example.com to connect!
Per Scholas is a national nonprofit organization that trains people over the course of 8-18 weeks for life-changing careers as IT professionals. We provide a free, full-time immersive program that prepares low-income individuals for entry-level and mid-level careers in technical support, network administration, and software testing. The Per Scholas approach encompasses integrated, free IT training, job referral and career development services, employer partnerships and other substantive support for economically displaced individuals ages 18 and older who have the drive and aptitude to succeed in IT, but not the skills or experience. 3/4 of our graduates are employed earning an average starting salary of $30K. Top employers include leaders in the tech industry like Bloomberg, Barclays, and JPMorgan Chase.
The School of Cooperative Technical Education
Co-op Tech is an alternative high school of more than 1,500 students. The school provides educational options for teenagers who have belatedly realized their interest in Career and Technical Education High Schools but missed the deadline to apply. The target student is 16 years old or in the eleventh grade. The school offers courses in carpentry, medical billing and coding, computer repair and more.
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Callen-Lorde’s Health Outreach To Teens is a welcoming, non-judgmental, confidential program designed specifically to meet the medical and mental health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning adolescents and young adults ages 13-24, as well as homeless youth, runaways, sex workers, squatters, and other street-oriented youth. These services are offered both at a youth-only medical suite at Callen-Lorde, and on HOTT’s medical van, which travels to areas throughout Manhattan in the afternoons and evenings where youth are known to hang out.
Children’s Aid Society Teen Health Services
Adolescents and teens in the state of New York have the right to private and confidential medical care, including family planning and sexual health services. The Children’s Aid Society protects this right by providing confidential health services to teens and adolescents at their Milbank Health Center and Bronx Health Center.
The Door Mental Health Clinic
The Door Mental Health Clinic, established in December 2011, is a State-licensed mental health clinic that provides supportive therapeutic services within the youth-centered community at The Door. The clinic specializes in therapeutic services for adolescents and provides a wide variety of treatment options for young people confronting a complexity of problems around mental and behavioral health.
HEAT Program, Brooklyn
Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) is a unique program that focuses on the special needs of teenagers that are HIV infected or at risk. All services are confidential and comprehensive. Set in a youth-friendly atmosphere, the HEAT program operates a ‘one-stop shopping ’ full service clinic and removes the barriers which youth often face while accessing health care services. HEAT is committed to providing age-appropriate and culturally competent care for all youths —straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, from all ethnic backgrounds.
Henry Street Out-Patient Mental Health Services
Hours are Monday and Wednesday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The multi-ethnic professional staff provides services in English, Spanish, two dialects of Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Italian, Polish and German. Medicaid, Medicare and other third-party insurance providers are accepted. A sliding-scale fee is available for those ineligible for health insurance. Services are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis.
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
The Adolescent Health Center at Mount Sinai Hospital offers free medical and dental care for young people between the ages of 10 and 30 years old. The Center is located at 312-320 East 94 Street in Manhattan.
Youth-Friendly Adolescent HIV Testing
The sites listed provide a range of services to youth including check-ups, general health care, birth control, and HIV counseling and testing. These programs are for all youth— straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. All services are completely confidential and many do not require parental consent. Health care services are either free or on a sliding scale and Medicaid as well as many health insurance plans are accepted.
The Door can help youth find essentials like food, clothing and shelter, as well as help with individual specific needs. This could be a safe place to hang out for a while, a hot meal or a space to build community and meet other young people.
NYC Department of Youth & Community Development
DYCD offers resources across NYC for runaway and homeless youth. Follow the link to learn more about transitional housing programs, crisis shelters, drop-in centers and the Fresh Start Initiative.
Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project
Streetwork Project provides harm-reduction centered Drop-In Centers for homeless teens and young adults up to ages 24 in NYC. Each LGBT-friendly Drop-In Center assigns a homeless youth with a primary counselor and offers daily necessities such as meals, showers, clothing, wellness activities, and nutritional counseling; legal and medical assistance, including assistance seeking benefits; mental health services; emergency and crisis housing and shelter; sexual health help; socialization and community in non-judgmental settings; and help obtaining identification.
The following organizations all have additional information on their websites about youth programs. Follow the links to learn more: