Therapeutic Afterschool Services

Supporting Youth in the Community

We provide a variety of afterschool services for youth, evolving them depending on community need. Current offerings include:

ASCEND

ASCEND (Acquiring Strength to Change & Empower through New Discoveries): A  group program for middle and high school young women, ages 11-17, who currently struggle with interpersonal relationships, communication skills, coping skills, trust, and/or academics, and who may have court involvement. Participants develop life skills to build their self-confidence, increase positive values, and foster positive connections with their peers and adult female role models. ASCEND helps young women to increase positive and productive relationships with their family and friends. Group times may vary but generally meet 2-3 times per week in a 6-week or 8-week cycle, including a 6-week summer program for middle school girls. Participants also benefit from 24-hour on-call crisis support. The Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central MA currently funds these structured groups.

To learn more or to refer a young woman to ASCEND, please contact Central Referral 1-855-4YO-UINC or centralreferral@youinc.org.

Youth Making a Difference (YMD)

YMD is a trauma-informed, daily, afterschool, group, therapeutic day program for at-risk youth. The program is focused on self-regulation, wellness, building positive attachments, improving trust, enhancing coping skills, and improving communication and relationships. YMD participants are typically ages 12-16, and have experienced the effects of trauma as a result of multiple placements, maltreatment, domestic violence, family histories of substance abuse, or other traumatic life events. Due to these factors, these young people may experience symptoms of depression or anxiety, have poor impulse control, struggle with emotional regulation, have difficulty learning, or experience strained relationships. Youth may be at risk of being removed from their homes or community, or may be transitioning back to the home or community from a higher level of care.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) refers participants to YMD.

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