Youth and Adolescent Services promote leadership, 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 adolescent pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases. Adolescent sexual health 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
With a focus on early childhood development, empathy, early literacy, and proactive – rather than reactive – parenting techniques, this program is available in a group setting, as well as limited case management services for pregnant or parenting adolescents.
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 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 after-school programs, evidence-based interventions, and community service learning.
William Floyd School District Advantage After-School Program
Funded through the State Office of Children and Family Services, EOC of Suffolk, Inc.’s innovative and highly-successful Advantage After-School Program serves 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.
Empire State Afterschool Program
EOC of Suffolk, Inc. was awarded the Empire State Afterschool Program grant funded through the State Office of Children and Family Services. The program will support the South Country Central School District, with the an afterschool program at Bellport Middle School for 300 students in grades 6-8 and will run three hours a day for five days a week. In addition, 50 high school students will be provided afterschool programming through the Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport Area. EOC will provide vocational, recreational and educational preventative programming. In addition, as an EOC partner, the Suffolk County Police Department will provide education on violence prevention and the risks of drug use and addiction. Students will 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) with Morrison Mentors, 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. SAVVY Me program activities will also promote self-discovery and understanding.
Opportunity Youth Career Exploration and Access
EOC of Suffolk, Inc. (EOC) is partnering with the Wyandanch High School, the Twilight Program, F.R.E.E. and United Way to provide career exploration services to a target number of seventy students, grades 9-12. This project seeks to impact students by implementing a career readiness curriculum, National Work Readiness Credential. Focus will be on skill building, youth counseling, internship opportunities, and character development (including trauma informed care) for the students. Specifically, the project will emphasize life skill development, healthy decision making, nutrition, drug and alcohol awareness, technology acumen, interpersonal relationships, sexual health, dating violence awareness, developing professional rapport, positive interactions with law enforcement, financial literacy, etc. Through comprehensive discussions, lessons, guest speakers, internship opportunities and supportive services, program participants will cultivate their life skills around a diverse array of topics.
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