Our Youth Services Division is led by Luis Burgos, who has decades of successful experience leading programs, and a strong team of individuals with vast experience working with youth.
Family Service Assistance (FSA) Program
Staff members are based at East High School, James Monroe, and the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School and work with students in K-12 and their families. The program consists of home visits, assisting families with goal setting and providing parent workshops and training. The program’s primary goals are to improve student attendance, academic performance, and parent engagement.
Aspira Mentoring Program
Launched in 2016, Aspira is a national and evidence/school-based mentoring program that aims to address issues that cause low levels of achievement, low graduation rates, and high dropout rates. The program provides early intervention, case management, crisis intervention, and referrals. Currently offered at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School and available to other schools upon request.
Partnership with the City of Rochester and other community-based organizations that provides evidence-based workshops on HIV/STD and teen pregnancy. Focuses on raising awareness, increasing access to reproductive health care centers, decreasing HIV/STD cases, teen pregnancies.
Women’s Prevention Program (New)
Staff conduct community outreach services to assist in the prevention of HIV/AIDS among women of color.
Project Ayuda Outreach (PAO)
Substance abuse and alcohol prevention program that offers counseling, case management, workshops and referrals for youth and parents. Team of two has conducted outreach to more than 2,000 youth in 2017. An afterschool component was recently added this year.
Summer of Opportunity Program (SOOP)
The six-week summer program provides students with real hands-on experience in the chosen profession for that summer. Students meet with professionals from the field then meet regularly to develop and implement action items, final projects, and presentations.