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Runaway & Homeless Youth
Every day, an alarming number of youth leave home without parental permission or are forced to leave home. Frequently, they fall victim to sexual exploitation, poor health, and other dangers of street life. Mohawk Valley Community Action works with community-based programs to address the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. Through the Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, MVCAA aims to increase young people's safety and well-being, and to help them build permanent connections with caring adults, with the goal of reuniting them with their families (as appropriate). Both male and female youth in crisis will receive emergency shelter care for up to 21 days. MVCAA will provide direct case management with referrals for counseling, and aftercare services. In addition, MVCAA will work to strengthen family relationships and, in the absence of family reunification, help youth find safe and appropriate alternative living arrangements through partnerships with local programs.
The goals and objectives of the Basic Center Program are to:
1) alleviate problems of runaway and homeless youth;
2) reunite youth with their families, if deemed safe, and encourage the resolution of intra-family problems through counseling and other services;
3) strengthen family relationships and encourage stable living conditions for youth; and
4) help youth decide on constructive courses of action.
Older Youth Training Program
MVCAA in partnership with the Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties, offers Out-Of-School Youth Work Placement Services. Youth receive work readiness training and on-the-job-training in facility maintenance and weatherization services. Work readiness training includes financial literacy, resume writing, interviewing skills and learning hands-on what will be expected of them in a work environment. Referrals are made to the program from the Workforce Investment Board.
MVCAA works in partnership with Mohawk Valley Community College to help students access and successfully complete their education at the post-secondary level. The Community Schools program offers students a resource to find help with the many issues that may be stopping them from completing their education, such as, child care, safe and affordable housing, financial aid, etc. Staff is available for students on MVCC’s Utica campus or at MVCAA’s River Road office.
We provide opportunities for low income, inner-city youth to participate in fun and educational recreational camps during the summer months. Some of the camps include MVCC Reading Rangers, Fossil Fun, The Utica Zoo, MVCC Swim, Camp Nazareth and much more. Call for further details.
We provide Outreach Workers who connect and build relationships with at risk and street youth to ensure that they have information, support services to assist them in moving to safe and appropriate living arrangements where they can become self sufficient contributing members of their community.
Annual event for kids and families held in Utica.
Annual event for kids and families held in Rome.