Youth Empowerment Services Division (YES)

Youth Empowerment Services (YES) serves at risk, delinquent and adjudicated youth and young adults, who are currently not achieving their full potential. YES is comprised of an array of programs and services that focus on the participation of the individual, their family and the community to assist participants in becoming productive members of society.

The Community Justice Services Department offers a Case Management Program to provide youth and families with a vital link to connect them with the necessary services and resources to meet basic needs and increase their overall level of self-sufficiency. Targeted case management aims to provide the family access to a holistic system of care through assessment, measurable goals, and coordinated facilitation of services.

Youth Empowerment Services provides professional behavioral health services to at-risk, delinquent and adjudicated youth ages 6-17 and their families via our assessment, counseling, home based family counseling and community based programs. These services are housed on site at the NC Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice.

  • Psychological Assessment Component – Provides Comprehensive Clinical Assessments/ Psychological Evaluations to provide appropriate behavioral/mental health treatment and placement recommendations to court involved youth.
  • Treatment Component – Provided to ameliorate symptoms, strengthen skill development as well as increase the overall level of adaptive functioning for the youth and family.
  • Home Based Family Counseling Component – Provides individual and family counseling services to youth who are at risk of being placed in secure custody or are transitioning back into the community after being released from a Youth Development Center.
  • Community Service and Restitution (CSR) – Facilitates juveniles completing their court ordered and/or court diverted obligations successfully and in a timely manner while teaching, modeling and encouraging civic, community and social responsibility to the youth served.
  • Community Service and Restitution Level II – Facilitates “high risk adjudicated juveniles”, and/or “targeted youth that demonstrate the most need with the greatest level of risk” in completing their court ordered and/or court diverted obligations successfully.

Youth Empowerment Services provides prevention services for elementary and middle school aged at- risk youth as well as community based services.

  • Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) – A prevention service for at-risk elementary school youth that provides social skill development.
  • Second Step – A prevention service for at-risk middle school youth with the goal of decreasing aggression, bullying, and substance abuse and increasing social skills and school success.
  • Too Good for Violence (TGFV) – A prevention service directed toward at-risk middle school youth by teaching, modeling and reinforcing positive social behaviors with an emphasis on providing youth opportunities to belong while building supportive family and community relationships.

For more information, please contact Chris Preston, YES Manager at (910) 798-6495 or cpreston@nhcgov.com

Community Justice Services: 320 Chestnut Street, Suite 518 • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-6493 • Fax 910-798-4316