Services

Youth Advocacy Program

The Youth Advocacy Program originated in 1982 as a response to the increasing number of troubled youth in the surrounding communities throughout Lewis County. The goal of the program is to assist youth to better understand their concerns, accept responsibility, and cope more effectively with the demands they face. This is provided through confidential, informed, supportive and preventive advocacy by the Youth Advocate on an individual or small group basis.

This program offers free advocacy to youth in the following school districts: Beaver River Central (grades K-12), Lowville Academy (grades 6-12) and South Lewis Central (grades 6-12). Participation in this program is both voluntary and confidential* for all students of participating schools. Students may seek Youth Advocate services voluntarily or may be referred by parents, teachers, guidance counselors, or other school staff.

 

Reasons for Seeking Youth Advocate Services may include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Academic Struggles

  • Peer/Dating Relationships

  • Problems at Home

  • Behavioral Problems

  • Anger Management

  • Needing Someone to Talk to

  • Parents' Divorce/Separation

  • Parents' Deployment

 

MVPS thanks the United Way of Northern New York and the Lewis County Youth Bureau for their continued support of this program.

* The Youth Advocate Program is bound by State and Federal Laws regarding confidentiality. At the first visit, prior to admission, each student is informed of their right to confidentiality. He/She is informed that all information shared with the Counselor will not be made available to any individual without a release of information agreement that is signed voluntarily by the student.  If there is a disclosure regarding child abuse, child neglect, or personal harm, staff are mandated reporters and will make necessary contacts to ensure the safety of the student.