Youth Resources

Reciprocity Foundation founder Taz Tagore (left) and program graduate Isis King speak at the Network's 2013 New York State Supportive Housing Conference.

Homeless, runaway and at-risk youth face a battery of everyday obstacles. At present, far too few resources are in place to help these young adults. Below, you’ll find information and links to some of the resources currently available.

Housing Resources • Employment Resources • Education Resources • Health Resources • Runaway/Homeless Youth ResourcesFor More Info

Housing Resources

Ali Forney Transitional Housing Program
The Ali Forney Center offers housing to 40 LGBT youth in six scattered sites in Brooklyn. Residents are able to live in the transitional housing program for up to two years, where they have access to employment and education assistance. Ali Forney places a great deal of emphasis on preparing young adults for independent living. 

Stepping Stone
The Children’s Village offers housing at Stepping Stone, a 12-unit apartment building for formerly homeless young adults in Yonkers. Tenants at this transitional residence, all aged 18-24, have access to on-site services to help them secure employment and other services. Stepping Stone represents the first transitional housing project for young adults in Westchester County. 

Employment Resources

Next Generation Center
The Children’s Aid Society’s Next Generation Center (NGC) supports high-risk young people aged 14-24 as they transition to adulthood. Located in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, the program provides services to foster care youth, youth who’ve aged out of foster care and those involved in the juvenile justice system. Specifically, NGC offers training and subsidized internships, educational guidance and advocacy, housing assistance and creative, visual arts, multimedia, fitness and recreational programming.

NYC CoolRoofs
Sustainable South Bronx, a division of The HOPE Program, is proud to partner with the New York City Department of Small Business Services on NYC °CoolRoofs, a City initiative that can reduce your summer cooling costs by up to 30%, while still keeping the building cool, reducing carbon emissions, and employing local jobseekers.  NYC °CoolRoofs provides FREE rooftop coatings for buildings that house non-profits, public services, affordable housing developments, or city agencies. NYC CoolRoofs will be hiring for crews throughout the year. Please contact Alex Schneider at or (646) 400-5438 to share potential partners, get information on recruitment periods, or with any other questions.

Year Up
Year Up is a one-year training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits and corporate internships. This is an ideal program for low-income youth looking to work in a corporate or office setting. Eighty-four percent of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the program. Employed graduates earn an average of $15 per hour.

Young Adult Workforce Development Provider Directory
This document offers a thorough rundown of job-related services for NYC youth in all five boroughs. It was created in 2011 to help facilitate referrals and collaboration between foster care agencies and workforce development providers. The New York City Young Adult Workforce Provider Directory includes relevant information on more than 50 workforce opportunities in all five boroughs. 

Education Resources

CUNY’s Fatherhood Academy
The CUNY Fatherhood Academy is a free program designed to promote responsible parenting and economic stability for unemployed and underemployed fathers, ages 18-24, through education, employment, and personal development.  The program provides a range of academic and personal supports including TASC (High School Equivalency test) preparation classes, tutoring, individualized counseling, parenting seminars, MTA Metrocards, and job preparation. The CFA also offers college and career readiness workshops to prepare participants for college enrollment and identify a career path.  Attaining a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, enrolling into college, increased familial engagement, and acquiring gainful employment are all essential goals for the participants enrolled in the CFA. The program will launch at LaGuardia Community College, Hostos Community College, and Kingsborough Community College in January 2016.  The colleges are in the process of recruiting participants for the upcoming HSE prep cohort.To learn more, contact Sydney Kopp-Richardson at to connect!

Per Scholas
Per Scholas is a national nonprofit organization that trains people over the course of 8-18 weeks for life-changing careers as IT professionals. We provide a free, full-time immersive program that prepares low-income individuals for entry-level and mid-level careers in technical support, network administration, and software testing. The Per Scholas approach encompasses integrated, free IT training, job referral and career development services, employer partnerships and other substantive support for economically displaced individuals ages 18 and older who have the drive and aptitude to succeed in IT, but not the skills or experience. 3/4 of our graduates are employed earning an average starting salary of $30K. Top employers include leaders in the tech industry like Bloomberg, Barclays, and JPMorgan Chase.

The School of Cooperative Technical Education
Co-op Tech is an alternative high school of more than 1,500 students. The school provides educational options for teenagers who have belatedly realized their interest in Career and Technical Education High Schools but missed the deadline to apply. The target student is 16 years old or in the eleventh grade. The school offers courses in carpentry, medical billing and coding, computer repair and more.

Health Resources

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Callen-Lorde’s Health Outreach To Teens is a welcoming, non-judgmental, confidential program designed specifically to meet the medical and mental health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning adolescents and young adults ages 13-24, as well as homeless youth, runaways, sex workers, squatters, and other street-oriented youth. These services are offered both at a youth-only medical suite at Callen-Lorde, and on HOTT’s medical van, which travels to areas throughout Manhattan in the afternoons and evenings where youth are known to hang out.

Children’s Aid Society Teen Health Services
Adolescents and teens in the state of New York have the right to private and confidential medical care, including family planning and sexual health services. The Children’s Aid Society protects this right by providing confidential health services to teens and adolescents at their Milbank Health Center and Bronx Health Center.

HEAT Program, Brooklyn
Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) is a unique program that focuses on the special needs of teenagers that are HIV infected or at risk. All services are confidential and comprehensive. Set in a youth-friendly atmosphere, the HEAT program operates a ‘one-stop shopping ’ full service clinic and removes the barriers which youth often face while accessing health care services. HEAT is committed to providing age-appropriate and culturally competent care for all youths —straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, from all ethnic backgrounds.

Henry Street Out-Patient Mental Health Services
Hours are Monday and Wednesday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The multi-ethnic professional staff provides services in English, Spanish, two dialects of Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Italian, Polish and German. Medicaid, Medicare and other third-party insurance providers are accepted. A sliding-scale fee is available for those ineligible for health insurance. Services are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis.

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
The Adolescent Health Center at Mount Sinai Hospital offers free medical and dental care for young people between the ages of 10 and 30 years old. The Center is located at 312-320 East 94 Street in Manhattan.

NYC Department of Health Clinic Listings

Youth-Friendly Adolescent HIV Testing
The sites listed provide a range of services to youth including check-ups, general health care, birth control, and HIV counseling and testing. These programs are for all youth— straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. All services are completely confidential and many do not require parental consent. Health care services are either free or on a sliding scale and Medicaid as well as many health insurance plans are accepted.

Runaway & Homeless Youth Resources

The Door
The Door can help youth find essentials like food, clothing and shelter, as well as help with individual specific needs. This could be a safe place to hang out for a while, a hot meal or a space to build community and meet other young people.

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development
DYCD offers resources across NYC for runaway and homeless youth. Follow the link to learn more about transitional housing programs, crisis shelters, drop-in centers and the Fresh Start Initiative.

Red Hook Initiative
RHI offers youth development, community building and community hiring to strengthen Red Hook’s future.  Their youth empowerment pipeline, which runs from middle school through young adulthood, works collaboratively to interrupt cycles of injustice and to build hope. RHI has formal and informal strategic approaches to youth development and community building that incorporates the field’s best practices.

Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project
Streetwork Project provides harm-reduction centered Drop-In Centers for homeless teens and young adults up to ages 24 in NYC. Each LGBT-friendly Drop-In Center assigns a homeless youth with a primary counselor and offers daily necessities such as meals, showers, clothing, wellness activities, and nutritional counseling; legal and medical assistance, including assistance seeking benefits; mental health services; emergency and crisis housing and shelter; sexual health help; socialization and community in non-judgmental settings; and help obtaining identification.

Runaway & Homeless Youth Providers

The following organizations all have additional information on their websites about youth programs. Follow the links to learn more: