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Community Credible Messengers Initiative
Community Credible Messengers Initiative provides services to youth transitioning out of NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) court ordered residential placements. FCA partners with VISIONS and WORC in Nassau County, and YES and EOC in Suffolk County to provide successful wrap-around services to these youth and their families.
The Credible Messenger initiative will provide the youth with a staff member from his/her community who might have experienced similar life struggles. This mentor, together with a parent partner, will be the youth’s life line to a new beginning.
Access to pro-social activities and supportive services to counteract harmful influences, encourage healthy development and prevent reentry from slipping into regression and recidivism
Parent Partner Engagement- each youth AND his/her family members will have an assigned parent partner to work with the family and offer support and guidance.
Vocational and career readiness
Must be referred by OCFS
Youth between the ages of 14- 18 years old returning home from court ordered placement
Hempstead, Bay Shore, Brentwood and Central Islip residents (additional towns to be considered by OCFS)
Call (516) 485-4289 ext. 1
Funded by NYS Office of Children and Family Services ( OCFS).
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We gather personally identifiable information when you make a donation to FCA online, and when you request additional information from us to be delivered electronically or via mail. We never collect personally identifiable information without your express permission and we never collect information beyond that which is absolutely necessary to take the requested action.
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