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Adolescent Skills Centers

Our Adolescent Skills Centers help youth and young adults with emotional and behavioral challenges make a successful transition to adulthood. We create a supportive environment where youth and young adults are provided with opportunities to advance academically, build social and vocational skills, and gain work experience through internships.  Our dedicated staff of case managers, counselors, employment specialists, youth advocates and teachers pride themselves on involving youth as full participants in their own care planning.

MHA-NYC’s Adolescent Skills Centers (ASCs), located in the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan, share the same goal of helping youth and young adults with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties make a successful transition to adulthood. At the ASCs, youth are engaged in their own future planning. They are provided with opportunities to advance academically and  develop vocational and social skills in a safe, youth-friendly environment. 

In addition to our case managers and vocational specialists, the Adolescent Skills Centers employ youth advocates who provide peer supports to the program participants. Through our collaboration with the New York City Department of Education, on-site teachers are available to provide instruction to help participants improve literacy and math skills and prepare for the TASC examination. Our supportive, youth-centered approach is results oriented and has a long history of success serving youth who have obtained their diplomas and gone on to competitive employment or further education.

Parent and caregiver involvement is encouraged and families with additional needs have the opportunity to receive services from MHA-NYC’s Family Resources Centers, many of which are co-located with the ASCs.

Services provided at the Adolescent Skills Centers include:

  • Vocational skills assessment
  • TASC preparation and literacy classes
  • Internship opportunities, job coaching, and competitive job placement
  • Peer support
  • Case management
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring

Youth and young adults ages 16-21 who have emotional and behavioral challenges that interfere with school or finding and keeping a job are eligible for services. Preference is given to youth who live in the Bronx, Manhattan and Western Queens.

How to Enroll:
Interested individuals should contact the Adolescent Skills Center closest to where the youth lives to schedule an appointment.

Locations and Contact Information:

Adolescent Skills Center, South and West Bronx Programs
975 Kelly Street, Suite 302, Bronx, NY 10459
Director – Carleton Archer

Adolescent Skills Center, Queens
29-46 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
Director – Donald McCarthy

YES Adolescent Skills Center, Manhattan
50 Broadway, Suite 805, New York, NY 10004
Director – Elizabeth Kotkin
212-254-0333 ext 861