Youth Empowerment Services Division (YES)

Youth Empowerment Services (YES) serves at risk, delinquent and adjudicated youth and young adults ages 6-18. YES is comprised of an array of evidenced based programs and services that focus on the participation of the individual, their family and the community.

Case Management provides individuals and families with a vital link to the necessary services and resources to meet basic needs and increase their level of self-sufficiency by providing the family access to a system of care through assessment, measurable goals, and coordinated facilitation of services.

Clinical Services provides professional behavioral health services to at-risk, delinquent and adjudicated youth ages 6-18 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.

CSR collaborates with faith based and nonprofit community partners to match the youth with a service learning experience that can help foster positive connections with their community. Older youth have the opportunity to participate in a job skill development program that provides an understanding of the local job market, strategies for obtaining employment and soft skills like work ethic, time management, and building resumes.

Prevention Services provides social skill development groups in local elementary and middle schools and community centers utilizing the following programs:

  • Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) is a prevention service for at-risk elementary school youth that provides social skill development;
  • Too Good for Violence (TGFV) is a prevention service directed toward at-risk middle school youth that teaches, models and reinforces positive social behaviors with an emphasis on providing youth opportunities to belong while building supportive family and community relationships;
  • Second Step is 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.

For more information, please contact Jamie Roten, YES Manager at (910) 798-6491 or

Community Justice Services: 320 Chestnut Street, Suite 518 • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-6495 • Fax 910-798-4316
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