Young Women's Leadership Center
Our New Windsor Campus received formal approval from the Office of Children and Family Services in 2017 to become a single gender program. Once approved, architectural plans to renovate existing buildings ensued and have allowed for expanded vocational programming and single bedroom placements.
We strongly believe that our Young Women’s Leadership Center provides the much needed unique programming for girls in residential care. Due to societal influences, vulnerable adolescent girls require specific programming which stresses the importance of valuing, celebrating, and honoring the ‘female perspective’ and these ideas effect both our program structure and content. A holistic, strength-based approach addresses trauma, mental illness, substance abuse, educational, vocational and independent living needs.
Utilizing clinical models like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Collaborative Problem Solving as a foundation, youth develop the social conduct, coping skills, and strengths needed to address the victimization, self-esteem and identity issues unique to their gender.
Also included as part of this multi-modal approach is a premiere NYS program called GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) where our young women receive empathetic consistent support and opportunities to make positive changes in their lives.
Preparing youth to leave care is the ultimate goal and a dedicated case worker and employment coach assist youth in successful transition and preparation for community living and independence. Basic household management and financial skill building is taught along with work readiness and vocational development.
Above all our Young Women’s Leadership Center gives girls a voice in their current program activities and options and teaches them leadership and self-advocacy.