Agencies Youth Services System

Youth Services System

Contact Information:

Address: 87 15th Street
Wheeling, WV

Name of Programs Funded through UW: Expanded School-Based Mental Health

Contact Name: Jill Eddy

Phone Number: 304.218.2807

Email: jeddy@ysswv.com

Website: https://www.youthservicessystem.org/

What is Youth Services System?

Overview

  • Youth Services System, Inc. is committed to responding to the complex needs of youth at serious risk. Since 1974, Youth Services System, Inc. has reached over 60,000 youth with our shelter, residential, community-based, and professional services. Together with youth and their families, we work to improve their physical and emotional well-being, address the debilitating effects of abuse, addiction, and trauma, and build the skills and connections they need to be successful.

Mission

  • To create better futures for children, families, and our community.

How does United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley support Youth Services System?

Expanded School-Based Mental Health

The Youth Services System, Expanded School-Based Mental Health program has coordinators at Brooke Middle School, Triadelphia Middle School, Wheeling Middle, Moundsville Middle, Central Elementary, McNinch Primary, and Long Drain School, with services also offered at Steenrod Elementary and Central Elementary. Expanded School Mental Health (ESMH) is a multi-tiered system of support where schools, families, and strategic community partners work together to enhance student mental health in schools. Tier one provides prevention services to all students on topics including but not limited to suicide prevention and substance use prevention, as well as training for staff and faculty. Then, tier two focuses on early intervention with small student groups the school has identified as needing additional assistance. These groups work on building skills and resiliency. Finally, tier three focuses on mental health treatment for students who need referrals to provide assessments and referrals to therapy.

Youth Mentoring Network

The Youth Mentoring Network is designed for youth experiencing one or more risk factors: parent or caregiver that is/has been incarcerated, experiencing homelessness, trafficking, identify as LGBTQ, placed in foster care, difficulty with peers, academic challenges, family risk/stress, or low self-esteem. Children between the ages of six and seventeen (6-17) who reside in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler counties of West Virginia, and Belmont county of Ohio are eligible for the program. Mentees can share everyday activities with their mentor: eating out, playing sports or attending sporting events, going to movies, sightseeing, or just hanging out in the hope that a positive relationship will build.

Before and After Care

The Youth Services System before/aftercare program operates at two sites, Elm Grove Elementary with students from Bethlehem Elementary bussed to the program and McNinch Primary School with students from Central Elementary bussed to the site. Services assist parents with childcare needs while they work or attend school. Our program and activities focus on children’s physical, emotional, and social development. Services are available in safe and spacious environments. In addition, moderators provide homework assistance and an after-school snack. We also offer a variety of creative and physical activities.

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About the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley

The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley supports Ohio County, Tyler County, Marshall County, Wetzel County, Brooke County in West Virginia, and Belmont County and Monroe County in Ohio. Donating through your local United Way is the best way to reach the most people in need.

The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley is an organization that supports nonprofit organizations in our area through annual campaigns, payroll deduction fundraising efforts, and individual donations. These community-minded people combine donations from employees and businesses alike to help assist those who need it most. The support from the annual campaign is then allocated to nonprofit programs through our volunteer allocations panels. We support 40 programs (and counting) in the upper Ohio Valley that tackle the toughest needs in the Ohio Valley. Consider giving to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley today.

 

 

Community Success Stories

Check out the following Community Success Stories for examples of how Youth Services System has impacted our community.

Mentoring A Child

C.D. was referred to the Youth Mentoring Network by her grandmother. She was a fifth grader and attended a local elementary school. Her grandmother has custody of C.D. as a result of abuse/neglect. She, her sister and three brothers, all reside with their grandmother in subsidized housing. Neither parent is involved in C.D.'s life. C.D.s grandmother reported that a lot of her family has been invo ...

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Before Care Program

"One family that uses our Before-Care service is a teacher for Marshall County Schools, and her husband works the midnight shift. They have two children that attend Before-Care, so Mom can make it on time to do morning duty at her school, while Dad is finishing up the night shift. The mother commented that the program is really helpful on days that there are two hour delays because she still has ...

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Mentoring

"Breezie and her sister, Kabreya were matched with their mentor, Vania in April 2014. They were 10 and 8 years old, respectively. The girls lived with two older sisters and their grandmother, Beverly, who was raising them. At the time of the match, the girls’ mother was not in a position to keep them and their father was incarcerated. Beverly would get overwhelmed at times, and wanted them to be ...

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