in 1972, Youth Services for Oklahoma County provides programs and services that focus on
counseling; homeless youth services; educational and vocational services;
prevention, intervention and diversion services; and address a young person’s
overall well-being. Youth Services has a youth-driven, strengths-based approach
to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of young people in
order for them to transition into self-sufficiency.
During fiscal year ending June 30, 2016:
Supporting Kids in Independent Living (SKIL)
· The program directly served more than 81 high school students in fiscal year 2016 who were living on their own due to parental mental or physical abuse, addictions, incarceration, neglect, abandonment or death.
· 39 Seniors reached high school graduation with a total of 1,945 one-to-one contacts made.
· 16 of these graduates will attend college, one will enter the armed services and 17 will be entering the workforce full-time.
· Two seniors were housed in Youth Service’s two Transitional Living apartments.
Family Junction Emergency Youth Shelter
· Provided 9,150 days of care to 117 displaced and homeless youth.
· Clients average residency of 44 days and are between 12 and 17 years of age.
Outpatient Behavioral Health Services
· Internationally CARF accredited youth counseling center provides assessment, crisis intervention, mentoring, and individual, family and group counseling. 250 youth and their family members received direct services.
· Juvenile Re-entry for Oklahoma County (JROC) was developed to provide intensive counseling and life skill training to youthful offenders coming out of placement/incarceration. More than 96% avoid re-offending as they are engaged in the program.
The Community Intervention Center (CIC)
· The CIC is a 24-hour diversion program for young people arrested by local law enforcement agencies.
· The CIC processed 1,573 youth for a total of 12,966 hours of service.
· 98% of the time, police officers are able to return to their patrol to protect our community in an average of 8.5 minutes.
Skills Education Program
· 227 youthful offenders and their parents completed the program which can be a court-ordered, truancy consequence or voluntary participation focusing on conflict resolution, positive communication, and problem solving skills.
Unrestricted financial contributions to help support all programs and the unique needs of the youth we serve. All the kids we serve desire the same experiences as their peers who have family support.
Donations of food, clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and diapers fill the needs of young people in our programs.
Our youth appreciate donations of age-appropriate board games, arts-and-crafts kits, movies and video games, holiday parties, and tickets to sporting events, movies, and local entertainment venues.
All the kids we serve desire the same experiences as their peers who have family support.
Items which would provide optimal care for our youth include:
· · Emergency generator for 24/7 shelter - $45,000
· · Emergency generator w/electrical work for 24/7 CIC - $45,000
The Community Intervention Center (CIC) opened in 1997 and is a 24-hour holding facility and discharge point for juveniles arrested in Oklahoma County for misdemeanors, some felonies, and status offenses such as truancy and curfew violations. CIC is a collaboration with the City of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Police Department, and the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. The CIC is a safe, youth-friendly facility providing a consequence to participants and resources for solutions to issues that led to the arrest for youth and families.
Although the Community Intervention Center is usually the facility where parents find out their child is engaging in unlawful behavior and they will both be responsible for court-ordered consequences, there are also very positive outcomes at CIC. “Chelsea” was brought to the CIC for violating curfew. She said she had ridden the bus to Oklahoma to meet a boy she had become friends with on-line. The “boy” turned out to be a 28-year-old man and friendship was not his intention. Through tears, Chelsea said she had run from the bus station and was hanging out at the 24-hour fast food restaurant trying to figure out what to do next. She finally provided her parents’ phone number and they eagerly drove from out-of-state to pick her up. Chelsea thanked the staff for helping her find her way safely home.
The Family Junction Youth Shelter provides a safe haven for children in crisis. The Family Junction is an 18-bed facility for children 12 to 17 years old referred by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, schools, or other social service organizations. Our caring staff provide a stable, nurturing atmosphere while residents are between permanent placements. At the shelter, youth attend school, participate in counseling, enjoy recreational activities, receive life skills training, and perform chores such as cleaning their rooms, helping prepare meals, setting the table, and taking out the trash. Family Junction has provided safe, temporary housing and guidance from caring adults to thousands of children since opening its doors. Family Junction takes community referrals for youth who would benefit from this program.
“Tiffani” made some big mistakes that resulted in a year of incarceration when she was 17. But she spent her time positively, earning her high school diploma and researching higher education options. While receiving re-integration and life skills training in our Juvenile Re-entry of Oklahoma County (JROC) Program, she was accepted to a local community college to begin work on a nursing degree. Tiffani is now focused on her future and making positive choices to assure her success.
The Supporting Kids in Independent Living (SKIL) Program, assists young people living on their own without parental support, offering financial and emotional support to high school students in the Oklahoma County area. By providing connections to basic necessities and emergency needs, as well as guidance and life skills education, SKIL ensures clients get the resources they need to graduate high school and achieve long-term self-sufficiency through access to higher education and job opportunities and stable housing solutions. SKIL also provides some food, diapers, clothing, and equipment to infants and toddlers of clients.
Clients receive material goods and financial assistance; guidance including help finding a safe place to live and obtaining home furnishings, medical care, employment, and making post-graduation plans; and life skills education such as job readiness, money management, healthy living habits, and nutrition planning. Additionally, teens with infants or toddlers receive food, diapers, equipment, and clothing for their children, as well as parenting education.
Early in her career Ms. Kuykendall spent ten years in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor and small business owner. For the last ten years she has served in a variety of nonprofit executive leadership roles where she acquired skills in fundraising, board development, community engagement, nonprofit budgeting and human resources management.
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