Youth & Family Services


MHA-NYC Family Resource Centers (FRC)

Contact: 1 Penn Plaza 36th Floor Room 3697, New York, NY 10119
Tel: 212-410-1820 (Director for Northern Manhattan: Lucy Santana)
Website: MHA-NYC website

Hours: M-F 9AM-5PM

Services: MHA-NYC’s Family Resource Centers (FRCs) reduce the isolation and stress of parenting a child with emotional and behavioral challenges. The programs are staffed by family advocates who have also experienced the struggle of raising a child with mental health needs and who have succeeded in navigating the complexities of the child service system. Family advocates guide and support families to become their child’s best advocate in getting the services they need. These services include:
- Help navigating the mental health, education, and other child-serving systems in New York City
- Parenting skills groups and support groups for parents and youth
- Care coordination services for families with complex situations who need assistance with several major child-serving systems
- Workshops, seminars and recreational activities for families
- Referrals to appropriate community services
- Help navigating the mental health, education, and other child-serving systems in New York City
- Parenting skills groups and support groups for parents and youth
- Care coordination services for families with complex situations who need assistance with several major child-serving systems
- Workshops, seminars and recreational activities for families
- Referrals to appropriate community services

Appointments: No walk-ins allowed. Call 212-410-1820 to schedule an appointment.

Cost: Free, but children should be enrolled in Child Health Plus or other child insurance plan at time of application.

Eligibility: Any parent or caregiver of a child with emotional or behavioral health issues in New York City.

Languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese spoken

Children's Aid Society - East Harlem Center

Children's Aid Society - East Harlem Center
130 East 101st (at Lexington Avenue), New York, NY 10029

Note: There are a number of locations, this is the one in East Harlem, other locations may be able to provide additional services.

Phone: (212) 348-2343

Website for list of staff email
Website for Children's Aid Society

After school program Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m
Adolescent Services Monday-Friday 6-9 pm
Adult classes: ESL Saturday 11 am - 3 pm
Bilingual Computer Classes Friday 10:30 am - 3 pm and Saturdays 2-3 pm
Family Life Educational Program Friday 12-2 pm

After School, Summer Camp, and Adolescent services/teen programming, Early Childhood program provides educational and social support services to families with children ages 0-5; Saturday program for sports and recreation, Educational and career readiness, Adult English as a Second, Language (ESL) classes, Computer classes, Dance program, Mental health services Free school meals, family food boxes, and nutrition education is also provided for students and their families.

Language: English and Spanish spoken

Eligibility: Various age restrictions for different programs; some programs have income eligibility requirements; must complete application and have a current physical examination

Appointments: Ongoing registration for all East Harlem Center programs. Space is limited. Call or email staff directly for each program.

Cost: Free

Association to Benefit Children (ABC)

Association to Benefit Children

Echo Park Children and Family Center
1841 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Tel: 646-459-6142

There are many locations throughout the city, but this is the one that caters specifically to East Harlem residents; they will also be able to refer to other locations if appropriate

Phone: 646-459-6142
* Health Coordinator - Kemba Vance (x6026)
* Headstart Programs - Alexis Diaz (x6032)
* Child Parent Psychotherapy - Sydney Baptista (x6164)
* After School Programs - Tyler McCormack (x6174)
* Mental Health (mobile and at-site) - Adam Leczycki (x6166)

Fax: (646) 459-6086

Programs at ABC

Vary depending on program; Can call 24/7, but for enrolling arrive b/t Monday-Friday 9-5pm. After school Monday-Friday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Saturdays are open to the community for day care and classes for children & adults

Early childhood education and socialization (home-based and at center), health care services, hot meals, housing assistance, mental health services (home-based and at center; has a crisis team for emergency visits), family preservation, crisis intervention, recreational services, job training and employment assistance, therapeutic after school and summer day camp programs, mentoring and legal advocacy, help applying for college and internships

Languages: English and Spanish spoken

Appointments: Walk-in at main office. Can also call one of the contacts above or the main number and let them know we are referring them so they know they’re coming (not a must).

Eligibility: Each program has its own age requirements, but all families should be on SSI, public assistance, or have very low income and must be within East Harlem unless family is in a shelter.
Headstart: prenatal-5 years old. Child Parent Psychotherapy: 5 years old and under.
Mental Health Clinic: 3-21 years old.
Youth Alliance Afterschool: 5-21 years old.

Cost: Free

East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP)

East Harlem Tutorial Program

2050 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 831-0650
Fax: (212) 289-7967
EHTP Website

Office: Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm
Adult ESL classes: Tuesday and Thursday 12-2 pm

Services: Homework help, college readiness programs, internship opportunities, adult ESL/family literacy classes, counseling (individual, group, family), crisis-intervention services, referrals to outside agencies; Family engagement activities include informational workshops, family events, parent networking opportunities, and family support groups; Regents and SAT Test preparation programs, college application assistance, film and writing program, science and technology events. Snacks provided to students in the After School program.

Language: English and Spanish

Eligibility: In order to apply to EHTP, your child must meet the following requirements:
- Reside in East Harlem or attend school in East Harlem
- Arrive at program no later than 3:30 p.m.
- Maintain an 80 percent attendance rate at program
- Attend EHTP’s five-week summer session

Appointments: Walk in or fill out application on their website; some educational services have a waiting list, particularly early child health.

Cost: Free

Odyssey House Manor Family Center

Supportive housing for at-risk parents/parents with moderate to severe substance abuse with young children

Email: Send email
Main website
Online application

219 East 121st Street
New York, NY 10035
Jeffery Savoy (Vice President & Director of Clinical Support Services)
Ayodele Carnagie (Outreach Coordinator)

Hours: Times vary.

Services: Odyssey House helps New Yorkers of all ages—and across all five boroughs—beat drugs and alcohol with highly individualized treatment programs. For pregnant women and parents of children 5 years of age and younger, housing is provided in parent/child units for 12 to 24 months while seeking treatment for drug addiction. Onsite medical care with specialties in prenatal, pediatrics, OB/GYN, psychiatry, HIV/AIDS, well-baby, adult primary care, mental health, social services, and dental; Health education and parenting skills training; vocational/educational services; aftercare and relapse prevention planning; recovery network; young adult extracurricular and physical fitness activities while seeking treatment; on-site Early Headstart & Department of Health-licensed day care; justice services provided with the NY Courts system

Eligibility: Must be 18 or older, with moderate to severe substance abuse problems; no acute medical or mental issues but people with mental illness or multiple medical issues can be admitted on a case-by-case basis

Appointments: They take walk-ins and screen then and there. Can also call 212-987-5100 or email ahead of time.

Cost: Free, but need to be city approved

Languages: English speaking only, must get an interpreter if calling in

Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center - Youth and Family Services

415 East 93rd Street (between First Avenue and FDR Drive), New York, NY 10128

Contact Tel: 212-360-7620

Hours: M-F 8AM-5PM; After school program for school-aged children: Monday - Friday 3pm - 6pm (dismissal between 5:30pm - 5:45pm)

Services: Meals on Wheels, a senior center and supportive services, after school and evening programs for children and teens, youth employment services, scholarships, adult education classes (GED also), community, cultural and educational enrichment for all ages.

Appointments: Required. Call 212-360-7620 x110 to obtain a no-cost membership to participate in programs and schedule an initial appointment.

Eligibility: Members must be 16 and over and show proof of residency in NYC’s 5 boroughs

Languages: English and Spanish spoken

Youth Employment & Education Services (YES)

50 East Broadway, Suite 805, New York, NY 10004

Contact: Main Tel: 212-254-0333 x861
Ebony Maher, Education Coordinator: 212-254-0333 x866
Molly House, Case Manager: 212-254-0333 x862
Shawn Thomas, Employment Specialist: 212-254-0333 x864

Hours: M-F 9AM-5PM

Languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin spoken

Services: YES provides educational services to the community, including adolescent services such as high school equivalency exam preparation, remedial education classes, and job coaching. The organization also assists with job placement, provides emotional support services, and hosts a life skills/transition to independence group. These services include:
- Educational Services
- Remedial Education (individual and group) Classes
- High School Equivalency Exam preparation (GED and TASC)
- Vocational Services
- Paid Internships and job placement assistance
- Vocational/Pre-Employment (Individual and Group Counseling)
- Job Coaching and Career Club (WORC)
- Assistance with VESID/ACCES-VR Application Process
- Volunteer Program to develop job-readiness skills with monetary stipends
- Emotional Support Services
- Wellness Self-Management (KEY) Group
- Life Skills/Transition to Independence (TIP) group
- Healthy Living Group
- Case Management Services

Eligibility: May need to be a citizen for certain services; ages 16-24 for adolescent services, different age restrictions for different programs. For YES program, call Felix and set up a time for an intake interview.

Cost: Most of the programs are free (YES program is free); “sliding scale” fee for Summer Day Camp program and a few special programs and trips