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Youth Emergency Shelter (YES)




Youth Emergency Shelter (YES): offers counseling, life skills training, and other critical support to teens in crisis. Nurturing caseworkers help youth get back to school, re-establish family bonds, and meet their goals. The target population to be served under this initiative is youth who have been a part of the juvenile justice system and are court ordered to be placed in a shelter. The YES Program has provided life-changing services to more than one thousand youth over the past ten years. Recent evaluations show that we were able to connect 90% of youth with an educational program or tutoring services.

Youth come to us through referrals by the Division of Children Protection and Permanency (DCPP) and state contracted Care Management Organizations (CMO), Essex County and Passaic County and Hudson County juvenile justice and mental health agencies.

The Youth Emergency Service Program (YES) is in compliance with all of the federal, state, and local licensing requirements to conduct the YES program activities. We are in compliance with Chapter 124: Manual of Standards for Children's Shelter Facilities and Homes through the NJ Office of Licensing.


For more information about the YES Program, please contact Samirah Johnson at sjohnson@newarkymca.org



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