The mission of Helpline Youth Counseling is to serve youth and their families by supporting the development of strong individuals and families in their communities. This is accomplished through education, therapeutic approaches, advocacy, and the utilization of community resources.
Helpline Youth Counseling was founded in 1967 by a group of parents concerned with the rising levels of juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, domestic violence and child abuse. Since its incorporation in 1971, Helpline Youth Counseling has been dedicated to serving low-income, at-risk youth and families by providing affordable and accessible therapeutic, educational, recreational and social service programs. In the past year, Helpline Youth Counseling served over 12,500 clients through these prevention and early intervention programs and assisted an additional 9,400 clients through HYC’s Community Helpline crisis hotline. Over the past few decades, Helpline Youth Counseling has helped countless individuals obtain self-sufficiency, overcome mental health challenges, reach educational goals, develop vital life skills, recover from substance dependency and keep their families intact.
Helpline Youth Counseling programs are designed to reinforce protective factors within families, empower clients to change their lives in sustainable ways, and increase overall community health and well-being. Our comprehensive continuum of services includes case management; individual, group and family counseling; substance dependency services; domestic violence programs; a therapeutic day treatment school; gang prevention and intervention programs; life skills classes; parenting education; health insurance outreach and enrollment assistance; economic development programs; community organizing; financial counseling; youth leadership development; and housing assistance for homeless individuals and families. HYC helps clients build the necessary tools and skills that are needed to maintain family stability and create brighter futures, for both themselves and their children, thereby increasing community prosperity.