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Directions For Youth & Families Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Human Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, Youth Development Programs, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: Directions for youth & families, inc. (dfyf) is a resiliency-oriented and trauma-informed agency, whose mission is to build and inspire hope, healing, and resilience for youth, families and communities through counseling and education. Dfyf serves over 8,000 youth and their families each year, most of whom are economically challenged.

Programs: Outreach counseling program - home-based individual and family counseling for youth ages 8-17 and their families.

school-based services - provide diagnostic assessment services, referral and linkage for school students in danger of suspension and/or expulsion.

youth centers - provides programs that focus on increasing a youth's self-esteem, resiliency and positive values in order to decrease or prevent drug and alcohol use and criminal and other destructive behavior.

behavioral health services - focuses on strengthening family relationships and improving personal mental health, family security and stability. These programs provide a range of counseling, psychological and psychiatric services to adults and children. Early childhood - helps parents create and sustain home environments from which the children can enter a school ready to learn. These services target families with children through five years of age with specialized services for teen mothers. Home-based services - provides community-based individual and family treatment services to youth with behavioral and emotional needs. Clinical services are tailored to strengthen both individual and family functioning.

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