Youth Services

 

The Youth Services program, funded through a grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, provides services to children and youth whose inappropriate behavior problems necessitate immediate intervention to prevent the child's formal involvement with the Juvenile Justice and/or child welfare systems.  The program benefits from the partnership of Elkins Mountain School and the Society, both members of the Alliance for Children.

 

A Client's Story:

Thirteen-year old Paul and his Youth Services worker are walking along a creek bank following an outing to McDonald's. Paul talks non-stop as he points out bugs, sharing his interest and excitement about them with his worker. He's just as excited about school this year, making both new friends and good grades.

For Paul, this school year is a dramatic change from last year when he was identified as a truant and referred to CHS' Youth Services Program. The many days of school he'd missed resulted in poor grades and not passing to the next grade. He had few friends and was reluctant to talk with workers.

A combination of teachers, school counselors, in-home service providers and his Youth Services Worker developed support services for Paul and his family that continued through the summer, helping him gain new study skills, learn the importance of getting up and off to school on time and develop new attitudes toward himself and others around him.

During the year, the Society has provided services to youth in Berkeley, Greenbrier, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, McDowell, Pocahontas, Summers and Wyoming Counties.
To make a referral to the Youth Services program, please contact one of the CHS offices below. Youth Services are available through offices in:

Lewisburg
Martinsburg

 

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