Youth and Family Services

The following provides you contact information and details for youth and family services:

Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center
Location: 415 East 93rd Street (between First Avenue and FDR Drive), New York, NY 10128
Tel: 212-360-7620
Hours: M-F 8AM-5PM;After school program for school-aged children: Monday - Friday 3pm - 6pm (dismissal between 5:30pm - 5:45pm)
Services: Meals on Wheels, a senior center and supportive services, after school and evening programs for children and teens, youth employment services, scholarships, adult education classes (GED also), community, cultural and educational enrichment for all ages.
Appointments: Required.Call 212-360-7620 x110 to obtain a no-cost membership to participate in programs and schedule an initial appointment.
Cost: Some costs associated with various programs, not all free
Eligibility: Members must be 16 and over and show proof of residency in NYC’s 5 boroughs
Languages: English and Spanish spoken 

East Harlem Center (Children's Aid Society)
Location: 130 East 101st (at Lexington Avenue), New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-348-2343
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am - 8:30 pm; Saturdays, 9 am – 4 pm
After school program: Monday – Friday, 3 - 6 pm
Adolescent Services: Monday – Friday, 6 - 9 pm
Adult classes: ESL Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm
Bilingual Computer Classes: Friday, 10:30 am - 3 pm and Saturdays 2-3 pm
Family Life Educational Program: Friday 12 - 2 pm
Services: After school, summer camp, and adolescent services/teen programming;  Early childhood program provides educational and social support services to families with children ages 0-5; Saturday program for sports and recreation, educational and career readiness; Adult English as a second language (ESL) classes, computer classes, dance program, mental health services, free school meals, family food boxes, and nutrition education is also provided for students and their families.
Appointments: On-going for all East Harlem Center programs. Space is limited. Call or email staff directly for each program
Cost: Free
Eligibility: Various age restrictions for different programs; some programs have income eligibility requirements; must complete application and have a current physical examination
Languages: English and Spanish spoken 

East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP)
2050 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-831-0650
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm
Adult ESL classes: Tuesday and Thursday, 12 - 2 pm
Services: Homework help, college readiness programs, internship opportunities, adult ESL/family literacy classes, counseling (individual, group, family), crisis-intervention services, referrals to outside agencies; Family engagement activities include informational workshops, family events, parent networking opportunities, and family support groups; Regents and SAT Test preparation programs, college application assistance, film and writing program, science and technology events. Snacks provided to students in the After School program.
Appointments: Walk in or fill out application on their website; some educational services have a waiting list, particularly early child health.
Cost: Free
Eligibility:  In order to apply to EHTP, your child must meet the following requirements:

  • Reside in East Harlem or attend school in East Harlem
  • Arrive at program no later than 3:30 p.m.
  • Maintain an 80 percent attendance rate at program
  • Attend EHTP’s five-week summer session

Languages: English and Spanish spoken

Association to Benefit Children (ABC)
Location: Echo Park Children and Family Center
1841 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Tel: 646-459-6142
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
Services: Early childhood education and socialization (home-based and at center), health care services, hot meals, housing assistance, mental health services (home-based and at center; has a crisis team for emergency visits), family preservation, crisis intervention, recreational services, job training and employment assistance, therapeutic after school and summer day camp programs, mentoring and legal advocacy, help applying for college and internships
Appointments: Walk-in at main office, or call number and inquire about the contact info for a specific program.
Cost: Free
Eligibility: Each program has its own age requirements, but all families should be on SSI, public insurance, or meet income requirements. Must be a resident of East Harlem or in a shelter to apply.
Languages: English and Spanish spoken 

Odyssey House Manor Family Center
Location: 219 East 121st Street, New York, NY 10035
Tel: 866-888-7880
Hours: Vary by treatment program
Services: Odyssey House helps New Yorkers of all ages—and across all five boroughs—beat drugs and alcohol with highly individualized treatment programs. For pregnant women and parents of children 5 years of age and younger, housing is provided in parent/child units for 12 to 24 months while seeking treatment for drug addiction. Onsite medical care with specialties in prenatal, pediatrics, OB/GYN, psychiatry, HIV/AIDS, well-baby, adult primary care, mental health, social services, and dental; Health education and parenting skills training; vocational/educational services; aftercare and relapse prevention planning; recovery network; young adult extracurricular and physical fitness activities while seeking treatment; on-site Early Headstart & Department of Health-licensed day care; justice services provided with the NY Courts system
Appointments: Does take walk-ins for initial screening and appointments through online application or by phone/email.
Cost: Free
Eligibility: Fill out online application. Must be 18 or older, with moderate to severe substance abuse problems. Those with mental illness or multiple medical issues may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
Languages: English speaking only; contact EHHOP for assistance with language interpretation services 

MHA-NYC Family Resource Centers (FRC)
Location: 1 Penn Plaza 36th Floor Room 3697, New York, NY 10119
Tel: 212-410-1820 (Director for Northern Manhattan: Lucy Santana)
Hours: M-F 9AM-5PM
Services: MHA-NYC’s Family Resource Centers (FRCs) reduce the isolation and stress of parenting a child with emotional and behavioral challenges. The programs are staffed by family advocates who have also experienced the struggle of raising a child with mental health needs and who have succeeded in navigating the complexities of the child service system. Family advocates guide and support families to become their child’s best advocate in getting the services they need.

These services include:

  • Help navigating the mental health, education, and other child-serving systems in New York City
  • Parenting skills groups and support groups for parents and youth
  • Care coordination services for families with complex situations who need assistance with several major child-serving systems
  • Workshops, seminars and recreational activities for families
  • Referrals to appropriate community services
  • Help navigating the mental health, education, and other child-serving systems in New York City
  • Parenting skills groups and support groups for parents and youth
  • Care coordination services for families with complex situations who need assistance with several major child-serving systems
  • Workshops, seminars and recreational activities for families
  • Referrals to appropriate community services

Appointments: No walk-ins allowed. Call 212-410-1820 to schedule an appointment.
Cost: Free, but children should be enrolled in Child Health Plus or other child insurance plan at time of application.
Eligibility: Any parent or caregiver of a child with emotional or behavioral health issues in New York City.
Languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese spoken 

Youth Employment and Education Services (YES)
Location: 50 East Broadway, Suite 805, New York, NY 10004
Tel: 212-254-0333 x861
Hours: M-F 9AM-5PM
Services: YES provides educational services to the community, including adolescent services such as high school equivalency exam preparation, remedial education classes, and job coaching. The organization also assists with job placement, provides emotional support services, and hosts a life skills/transition to independence group.

These services include:

  • Educational Services
  • Remedial Education (individual and group) Classes
  • High School Equivalency Exam preparation (GED and TASC)
  • Vocational Services
  • Paid Internships and job placement assistance
  • Vocational/Pre-Employment (Individual and Group Counseling)
  • Job Coaching and Career Club (WORC)
  • Assistance with VESID/ACCES-VR Application Process
  • Volunteer Program to develop job-readiness skills with monetary stipends
  • Emotional Support Services
  • Wellness Self-Management (KEY) Group
  • Life Skills/Transition to Independence (TIP) group
  • Healthy Living Group
  • Case Management Services

Eligibility: May need to be a citizen for certain services; ages 16-24 for adolescent services, different age restrictions for different programs
Cost: Most YES programs are free; sliding scale fee for summer day camp and a few other programs.
Languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin