Assists Youth and Young Parents To Become Healthy, Self-Sufficient & Successful Adults
Youth and Adolescent Services promote leadership, healthy decision making, adolescent sexual health, pregnancy prevention, and assists youth and young parents to become healthy, self-sufficient, successful adults. It’s achieved by developing, strengthening, and advancing clinically-proven policies and programs based on industry best practices. EOC of Suffolk, Inc. offers a wide range of youth development, professional, and community education services focused on youth development. Adolescent and parent education services are provided at the request of school districts, community-based agencies, religious institutions, and civic organizations. Services include:
Promoting and nurturing youth leadership
Educating youth on topics such as healthy relationships, communication, anger management, conflict negotiation skill building, and dating through various evidence-based interventions
Helping youth deal with societal pressures surrounding sexuality
Helping parenting adolescents towards self-sufficiency and responsible behavior
Professional education programs on “hot topics” concerning today’s youth
Workshops to help parents and caregivers become the primary educators for their children
Advocating for confidential medical care and counseling for sexually active youth
Special events throughout the year for youth, their parents, and for professional staff
Adolescent Parenting Program
Funded through various resources, the adolescent parenting program focuses on early childhood development, empathy, early literacy, and proactive – rather than reactive – parenting techniques, this program is available in a group setting in select school district, as well as limited case management services for pregnant or parenting adolescents throughout SC. Please call for more information and eligibility.
The CAPP program helps to decrease adolescent pregnancy through a comprehensive approach to reducing the risk of initial and repeat pregnancies, reducing STDs and HIV/AIDS rates among adolescents, and promoting healthy sexual behaviors. The initiative – which receives funding from the New York State Department of Health – addresses through evidenced based curriculum, the underlying issues associated with adolescent parenting as well as race, ethnic, and geographical disparities related to adolescent sexual health outcomes. CAPP encourages alternatives to sexual activity by promoting an optimal transition into healthy young adulthood with afterschool programs, evidence-based interventions, and community service learning.
Funded through the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, EOC of Suffolk, Inc.’s innovative and highly-successful Advantage Afterschool Program targets nearly 400 middle school students each day. The program provides a safe environment for academic assistance in core subject areas in addition to skill-building activities that combine vocational and educational growth in a recreational framework. Topics include cooking, dancing, robotics, audio/visual production, nutrition, wellness, community service, and video game design. The program is supported at the following locations: William Floyd Middle School, William Paca Middle School, South Ocean Middle School and Saxton Middle School.
Empire State Afterschool Program
Funded through the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, this program provides an innovative afterschool program targeting 620 students in grades 6-8 at the South Country School District - Bellport Middle School, and Sachem School District - Sagamore, Samoset and Seneca Middle Schools. The program runs three hours a day for five days a week. In addition, 50 high school students are provided afterschool programming through the Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport Area. EOC provides vocational, recreational and educational preventative programming. As an EOC partner, the Suffolk County Police Department provides education on violence prevention and the risks of drug use and addiction. Students also participate in a designated homework hour with tutors in core subjects, and select from a host of activities, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), cooking, dance, music/audio club, music/DJ mix club, special events for students and families, and social-emotional and healthy living activities. Through the Leaders of the Future/STARS (Students Taking an Active Role in Society) clubs, participants will also learn leadership skills and take on community service projects. All program activities promote self-discovery and understanding.
Community Credible Messenger Initiative
The Community Credible Messenger Initiative battles recidivism on the part of young people returning from juvenile incarceration. EOC of Suffolk, Inc. and Youth Enrichment Services, in collaboration with the lead agency, Family and Children’s Association, will support referred youth and their families through mentoring, education and youth development. EOC specifically provides “Parent Partners” to mentor the parents, guardians and families of the incarcerated youth.