Schaumburg Township and KYC: Partners in the Community
Kenneth Young Center and the Township of Schaumburg have had a longstanding partnership to ensure residents have access to high quality mental health and older adult services. Through counseling for clients of all ages and support of older adults, funding from the Township supported KYC’s continual care for the most vulnerable in our community.
In 2012, this partnership expanded, adding significant support specifically for children and adolescents in need of behavioral health services. Township of Schaumburg residents span 30-square miles and live in Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Schaumburg, and Streamwood.
Today, our partnership with the Township of Schaumburg remains strong and committed. The Township generously provides funding to support child and adolescent services, ensuring youth with mental illness receive quality and compassionate support from KYC, regardless of their ability to pay.
- Individual counseling in English and Spanish provides a safe environment to children and adolescents. Half of persistent mental illness begins by age 14. Engaging clients at a young age maximizes their coping skills, providing the tools to independently manage and live with mental illness.
- Behavioral Support Specialists work directly with young clients to help them apply the therapeutic skills learned through counseling into real-world applications. This mentoring relationship helps young people practice and reinforce behaviors in individual and group activities.
- Group services are provided to children as young as age 3, encompassing evidence-based practices tailored to the specific issues encountered. From social skills to emotional regulation and mindfulness, prevention programing to parenting groups, KYC group interventions are skills-focused and strength-based to assist clients and their parents in progressing toward treatment goals and improving their daily life functioning.
- Parent-focused supports ensure young clients continue to engage in services, while guiding parents to understand their child/teen’s needs, issues, and objectives. Parent Support Specialists act as mentors in the family home to extend services, coping strategies, and holistic support as part of a young person’s daily routine.
More than 14 KYC staff people work from the Township building, providing counseling the children and families from KYC’s lower-level offices. These offices are also the centralized hub for our Positive Youth Development program working in area middle and high schools to promote healthy lifestyle choices that prevent alcohol consumption, drug use, and teen pregnancy.
This article focused on KYC’s Child and Adolescent Services that have been funded by the Township as the first of a three-part series outlining our partnership. State tuned for more information on our project partnerships for adults and seniors in the community!
Kenneth Young Center is proud to partner with the Township of Schaumburg to ensure all young people have safe and stable access to mental health services. Their support is vital to our programs’ success and the success of our clients. Thank you, Township of Schaumburg!