Middle School Youth Walking

Pilot Program with District 54

Kenneth Young Center is proud to announce our expanded partnership with Schaumburg Consolidated School District 54 to launch a pilot program in three schools: Lakeview Elementary, Muir Literacy Academy and Eisenhower Junior High. This pilot, developed in response to community needs, will support the mental health of young people which is pivotal to helping them develop into healthy and happy adults.

In collaboration with school social workers and administration, KYC will have a therapist on site at each of the schools starting at the end of the school day until 8 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The program is targeted to begin in September at the start of the 2018/2019 school year. Families will be referred by school staff to receive individual and family therapy in their familiar and comfortable school environment with the goal of eliminating possible barriers to accessing these critical services.

KYC provides a suite of services to youth and families, including individual therapy, group therapy, behavioral support services (formerly known as mentoring), and child psychiatry. One of the goals of this new pilot is to directly connect District 54 families with the full array of KYC’s services, while remaining in an easily accessible location. With proactive approaches to behavioral health, students will learn the skills and strategies needed to manage their mental health, while destigmatizing therapy and services for students in need of support.

KYC is actively seeking committed, caring volunteers to provide administrative support for clients and families. Tasks will include welcoming clients & families to appointments, checking clients in for services, and office management for up to three nights a week. This important volunteer role is ideal for college students, retirees, and anyone interested in promoting healthy families.

For more information, please contact Colette Young at (847) 524-8800 ext. 182 or colettey@kennethyoung.org.

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