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ABOUT

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, and 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.

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
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Ruby L. Thomas

Program Director 

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Courtney Thomas

Executive Assistant
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Yvonne Pyne-Bailey

Mental Health Clinician

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Terrance McCollum-Hinton

Youth Development Specialist
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