Youth Focus, Inc. is a non-profit agency dedicated to helping Guilford County youth and their families learn to deal with today’s pressures. A powerful collaboration of medical professionals, therapists, administrators and volunteers, Youth Focus offers substance abuse counseling, foster care, young women’s housing, counseling, emergency housing, school and educational groups, some covered by insurance or Medicaid, and others available free of charge.
Local professionals, local youth.
In 2016 Youth Focus served over 500 youth in Guilford County, offering the professional care and support so many youth in our community need.
What does Youth Focus do?
Emergency HousingYouth Focus offers emergency housing facility for male, female and gender nonconforming youth who have runaway, are experiencing a family crisis, are the victims of abuse or neglect, or are homeless for other reasons. Youth receive shelter, as well as medical, psychological, and educational support, in a home-like environment. The children attend public school, most often the school they were currently attending, and participate in a wide variety of both on and off campus recreational, cultural and social activities.
SchoolYouth Focus provides several options for quality education in a structured and supportive environment for youth in elementary, middle and high school with moderate to severe behavioral problems. Our students have a range of mental health diagnoses, including ADHD, oppositional defiance disorder, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, depressive disorder and mood disorder. While enrolled, youth receive academic, psychiatric, individual and group counseling. Students receive full academic credit, and transportation is provided.
Young Women's HousingYouth Focus offers transitional housing to young women who require additional assistance to gain independence. Additionally, counseling, vocational and educational training, parent education services and independent living skills training are available as needed. This project provides services exclusively to young women who are pregnant, parenting a young child or in need of transitional living services. Priority is given to Guilford County residents meeting these requirements who are able to function with a low level of supervision.
Inpatient and Outpatient CounselingYouth Focus offers individual, group and family therapy to youth with mental health and behavioral health. Our counseling services empower youth to effect positive change in their lives and teach them new ways to deal with challenges they are facing.
Foster CareYouth Focus connects licensed, professional foster parents with children who have been removed from their primary home and have often experienced severe neglect, emotional, physical, sexual abuse or violence. Our foster parents collaborate with families, social services, case workers, advocates and other invested agencies to help our youth achieve their goals.
Substance Abuse CounselingYouth Focus offers a wide range of outpatient and inpatient adolescent substance abuse services including assessments, individual, group and family therapy, intensive in-home treatment, day treatment and residential services. Counselors utilize The Seven Challenges, a comprehensive counseling program designed to motivate youth to evaluate their lives, consider changes they may wish to make, and then succeed in implementing the desired changes.
Residential TreatmentThe Youth Focus’ Residential Center is a 12 bed psychiatric residential treatment facility for male and female adolescents age 13 to 17. This program helps young people who suffer from severe emotional and/or behavioral problems and cannot be treated successfully through outpatient counseling, group home placement or other, non-secure methods.
Safe PlaceYouth Focus participates in Safe Place, a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. Safe Place locations throughout Guilford County are easily recognized by at-risk youth by their vibrant yellow signs. Safe Place locations include libraries, YMCAs, fire stations, public buses, various businesses and social service facilities.
Supporting Partners, Affiliations and Safe Place Locations
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