The Adolescent Services team is located at 20 Mapleville Depot, St. Albans, VT 05478. The team provides services to adolescents in Franklin and Grand Isle counties under the age of 22. Adolescent Services provides the following:
Adolescent Services General Case Management for Youth 14-22:
Case Management services include community-based supports to assist youth with successful transition to adulthood. Youth commonly present wanting help in learning skills that will support their transition to independent living. Youth are able to access a range of services that can include support with connecting to area resources, problem solving, development of healthy coping strategies, learning social skills, managing money, advocacy, completing their education, and more. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in group-based supports through workshops pertaining to youth such as healthy relationships, cooking, and employment skills.
Youth for Change group for Youth 14-22:
The Youth for Change group strives to develop a positive image of youth in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties while raising community support for youth in their transition to adulthood. The group is youth-focused and youth-informed. It helps develop leadership qualities and promotes social skill-building through peer interaction. Youth provide input on what activities and topics to have at group and participate in several community service projects throughout the year that help to instill a sense of belonging and connection to their community.
JOBS Program for Youth 16-22:
The Jump On Board for Success (JOBS) program for youth is a collaboration between Vocational Rehabilitation Services and NCSS. The program pr
ovides career counseling, individual employment experience opportunities, advocacy, problem-solving and social skills training to promote job attainment and retention for youth who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, or educational difficulties. Staff meets with participants to develop an individual plan that addresses exploration of career options and support in overcoming possible barriers to successful employment. The program highlights employment as step to successful independent living.
Housing Support and Shelter Services for Youth:
There is a partnership between Elevate Youth Services and NCSS to provide programs for youth struggling with stable housing and shelter.
The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP) is a pilot program that provides case management services for youth ages 16-24 to support navigating the housing system, accessing Rapid Rehousing Subsidies provides by HUD, and help in accessing available state funding to divert possible homelessness. Staff works with youth to develop skills in budgeting, employment, effective communication, healthy coping skills, and more to support independent living.