What is the New Jersey School Based Youth Services Program?
The New Jersey School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP) was initiated by the New Jersey Department of Human Services in 1987. In 2007 SBYSP moved to the new Department of Children & Families (DCF) with the consistent goal of helping young people navigate the adolescent years, finish their education, obtain skills leading to employment or continueing education, and graduate healthy and drug free.
Many teenagers have multiple problems that call for different services. For this reason, the SBYSP model is designed, with input from teens, to provide employment, health and social services to all eligible youth. Recreation and enrichment activities are also provided. There is no fee for the services. In addition to the core services listed below, each SBYSP site develops services to respond to the needs of the local community.
- Mental health and family services
- Healthy youth development
- Access to primary and preventative health services
- Substance abuse counseling
- Pregnancy prevention programs
- Learning support services
- Family involvement
- Referrals to community based services
What can I find at Clayton Place?
The mission of the Clayton Place School Based Youth Service Program is to assist students in reaching theri life goals, and develop into well-rounded young adults through client focused services, support, and expusure to academic, cultural, and social experiences.
One of the original 29 funded programs in 1987, the highly qualified and dedicated Clayton Place staff continue to provide essential services to Clayton youth and their families. Located on the campus of the Clayton Middle School, any Clayton teen, age 11-14, can participate in SBYSP activities and services. All services provided to students and their families are free of charge. Any proceeds collected for special events benefit the School Based Youth Services Program.
Clayton Place provides the following services:
- Individual Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Psychoeducational Groups
- Employment Counseling
- Crisis Intervention
- Academic Support
- Adult & Teen Workshops
- Prevention Services
- Recreation / enrichment activities