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Making Visions Possible
School Based Youth Services Program

DFCP's Office of School-Linked Services contracts with a number of private non-profit organizations and/or school districts to provide a variety of prevention and support services for youth in New Jersey’s public elementary, middle and high schools.  As a result, young people, and at times their families, are able to access services such as mental health, employment, substance abuse counseling, preventive health care, violence prevention, learning support, mentorship, teen parent skill development along with recreation.


Making Visions Possible (MVP) is a DCF-Funded program. The School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP) was started in 1987 to help young people navigate their adolescent years, finish their education, obtain skills leading to employment or continuing education, and graduate healthy and drug free.

Adolescents have numerous concerns and problems. Since a substantial number of teenagers have multiple problems that call for several different services, SBYSP provides an array of employment, health and social services. Services are available to all youth and recreation is provided. In addition to the following core services, each site develops services which respond to local needs, such as on-site child care, so that teen parents can stay in school.

Major Service Areas

Mental Health

Family Services

Substance Abuse Counseling

Grief Counseling

Healthy Youth Development

Learning Support

Community Referrals

Preventive Health Services

Employment Services

Pregnancy Prevention

Health & Nutrition

Recreation Activities

Our Staff

Ruby L. Thomas

Program Director 


Courtney Thomas

Executive Assistant

Yvonne Pyne-Bailey

Mental Health Clinician


Terrance McCollum-Hinton

Youth Development Specialist
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