DC YouthLink: Serving Youth in the Community
DC YouthLink provides community-based services for DYRS youth to become active citizens and positively contribute to their communities.
All DC YouthLink services are free of charge, available to any DYRS youth and, in many instances, are provided at the youth’s home, school or nearby community centers.
Additional information is available by contacting the DYRS family hotline at (202) 535-2773 on weekdays between 9am and 5pm.
Services Offered through DC YouthLink
- Family Counseling and Support
o This includes a counselor who will come to the home and meet with family members and/or caregivers to discuss which services are needed for their youth’s return home and re-entry to the community.
- Adult Basic Education and General Education Diploma (GED) Tutoring
o This includes classes to increase reading and math skills, as well as GED training for youth who do not have a high school diploma and who are no longer enrolled in school.
o This includes an adult spending structured, one-on-one time with youth to engage in positive activities that promote a healthy lifestyle and encouraging youth to attain employment and education goals.
o This includes a range of structured physical activities to promote wellness and help youth remain active in support of a healthy lifestyle.
- Substance Abuse Counseling and Recovery Support
o This includes both individual and group counseling designed to build the skills needed for youth to abstain from drug and alcohol use, as well as services to support youth in recovery from substance abuse.
- Training for Teen Parents
o This includes structured classes, one-on-one counseling and support to help male and female teen parents learn and model effective parenting skills.
o This includes academic support in reading, math, and other subjects to improve scholastic achievement.
- Vocational Training
o This includes structured workforce training designed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certification.
- Subsidized Work Experience
o This offers youth an opportunity to participate in an everyday work environment while earning a wage. Youth go to work and attend job readiness training and courses on communication, conflict resolution, time management, and more.
- Community Services
o These are structured and supervised one-time opportunities that offer youth opportunities to earn community service hours.
Court-involved youth are first connected to DC YouthLink services through a Youth Family Team Meeting (YFTM), typically scheduled just before a young person is preparing to re-enter the community.
During the YFTM, the youth’s strengths and challenges are discussed, allowing the DYRS Case Manager or Social Worker to develop an Individual Service Plan to identify which DC Youthlink services are best suited to meet the youth’s needs.
The DC YouthLink Service Coalition Member Directory for 2013-2014
Welcome to DC YouthLink, a coalition of community-based organizations that provide a diverse array of services to court-involved youth in their neighborhoods. DC YouthLink Service Coalition Members are comprised of at least a dozen independent non- and for-profit Service Providers that specialize in positive and developmentally appropriate services for youth including mentoring, tutoring, family support, recreation, arts, mental health, and more. The Service Coalition Member Directory was created to provide contact information, as well as a description of the services DC YouthLink Providers offer to DYRS youth.