Safe Place is a national program that helps young people who are having trouble and are in need of somewhere to turn. With the aid of local businesses, volunteers, and youth agencies, Safe Place is able to meet the needs of these young people whenever and wherever needed. A Safe Place representative is always available through a 24 hour help line. 1.866.738.KIDS (5437).
Providing community awareness and education on this horrific epidemic. Youth Connections explains the definition of human trafficking, current statistics, and what to look for if you suspect human trafficking.
Providing youth, the knowledge on what “Love” is. Discussing with youth the steps to positive and loving relationships. Explore the positives and negative issues of having sexual relations. Advising and guiding youth to make wise decisions on social media. What to do if a relationship turns bad.
Substance Abuse Awareness:
Providing youths with information on the dangers of prescriptions drugs, street drugs, tobacco, vaping and alcohol usage. We partner with Drug Free Johnson County and Empower Johnson County to provide information to students and their parents on all substance abuse issues.
Jumpstart is a group mentoring program that serves elementary, intermediate, and middle school youth in Morgan and Johnson County. Group sessions are held during lunch and as an after-school program. All groups are focused on helping youth learn valuable life skills while building positive relationships with their peers and Youth Connections mentors.
The Host Home program provides for temporary emergency shelter care for children between the ages of seven and seventeen through caring volunteer Host Home families in the community. What makes Host Homes unique is that placement is voluntary on the part of the parent(s), the child, and the Host Home family. In this program, the youth can stay with the Host Home family for up to 21 days.
Court- Ordered Programs
Children’s Visitation Center:
The Children’s Visitation Center is designed to help alleviate the tension between children and parents during parenting time with the non-custodial parent(s). By providing a comfortable, neutral location for supervised visits, we are able to help create a better atmosphere for child-parent interactions..
A custody evaluation is a court mandated assessment of a child(ren)’s needs and each parent’s abilities to meet those needs. Youth Connections has been conducting custody/parenting time evaluations since 1997.
Families in Transition:
The Families in Transition program is designed to provide parents and children (between the ages of 8-16) with practical information to cope effectively with circumstances that result from divorce. The Families In Transition program provides practical information on dealing with the effects of divorce on children and how to work cooperatively to meet the needs of children.