Gateway Youth Programs provides preventative services for the youth and their families through many different avenues. This includes crisis intervention, case management, advocacy with schools or court, non-therapeutic counseling, exploring interests, career development and referrals as needed. We actively encourage parents to find ways to be involved with their children, share time to talk and give guidance, while building self-esteem and trust. Participants are selected for prevention services by a referral process from the family and other school/service organizations with parent/guardian permission.
We continue to explore new opportunities for youth with programs that support interests, art and culture.
Gateway Youth Programs collaborates with Greenville City School and Tri-Village Local School to provide support services to students directly in the school setting. Youth Advocates work closely with the school administration and staff to build a supportive environment for students. Youth Advocates teach students the tools they need to overcome obstacles that hinder success. They assist with social and emotional well-being, career planning, obtaining employment, grade monitoring and reaching developmental milestones. Groups are offered as well to build youth skills.
This service is offered to any youth who has an interest in the program for one-on-one support and is provided by one of Gateway’s Youth Advocates. Individual Services can be provided at the school, in the home or at Gateway. Youth Advocates work with families to meet in their preferred setting. When requested, Gateway staff may attend any child related meeting and also will connect with the local school to best serve and support an enrolled youth.
Gateway facilitates a variety of after-school and in-school topic-based groups. These programs are based on interests and needs of the students. School based groups must comply with school schedules. Groups offered have included drug and alcohol-free lifestyle, conflict resolution, book club, anger management, organizational skills, character building, art, running, photography, and self-esteem. This is typically presented in a “hands-on” method to support youth with life’s many challenges while providing peer support.
A variety of summer activities are offered including groups, special events and field trips. The Running Buddies program trains twice a week for two months to run a local 5k. Book Club meets once a week for two months reading and discussing weekly material. An art group is held once a week for two months. Students get to experiment with different art media and are encouraged to be creative. Past field trips have included LaComedia Dinner Theatre, sporting events, zoo and art museums.