What Is Youth Partnership Youth Partnership (YP) is a youth development and advocacy movement for young people ages 14-21 who have experienced emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance use, and other challenges, and peers who support them.
Youth who want to be a positive influence in their communities, are committed to reducing stigma, and willing to speak out on issues and concerns that affect youth will find YP to be a place where they can be part of creating solutions.
Youth may self–refer or be referred by their parents, school personnel, Children’s Mobile Response, Partnership for Children of Essex, out-patient programs, government agencies, or other youth serving organizations. An interview is required with the youth and their parent or guardian to help determine the appropriateness of YP. How to Join Youth Partnership
What is Expected of Youth Partnership Members
Attend group meetings consistently.
Abide by the group’s rules and values which are established by the members.
Contribute to fulfilling Youth Partnership’s mission, which includes using their voices to affect change in local systems that serve youth.
Our Program Peer Discussion Groups Offered weekly to help develop appropriate social skills, communication, and healthy relationships with parents, peers and community members
Family Support Provided through weekly support groups and monthly workshops for parents.
Educational Support and Advocacy Provided by our consultation team regarding educational entitlements, community resources, and accommodations. Workshops on time management and organizational skills are also offered.
Community Connections We create opportunities to “give back” and participate in service learning projects and advocacy.
Recreation Promotes the development of healthy leisure interests and creativity as a wellness tool; youth are exposed to the arts and cultural activities in their community.
Youth Partnership of Essex County Virtual Summer Advocacy and Leadership Initiative