Our Programs


San Diego Youth Services provides a comprehensive continuum of services for youth, from birth to age 25. There is no wrong door for youth to join our community.

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Adoption Support Services: provides an array of support services to families in San Diego County who have or are in the process of adopting.

Alternatives to Detention: provides a continuum of detention alternatives for low-risk juvenile offenders who do not require secure detention.

Breaking Cycles: prevents escalating juvenile delinquency through a county-wide system for incarcerated youth that helps at-risk youth turn their lives around in a positive direction.

Camp Mariposa: offers a fun, multi-day camp providing counseling and emotional support, while teaching participants problem-solving and self-care strategies to help meet the needs of youth facing the difficult challenges associated with an addicted or co-dependent family member.

Community Assessment Team: provides supportive case management and links youth dealing with behavioral, social or juvenile justice issues and their families with needed resources and services throughout East San Diego County.

Cool Bed: provides short-term residential placement for youth ages 12-17 through temporary shelter from a family crisis with a certified host family for a two-week cooling-off period.

Counseling Cove: offers comprehensive and professional mental health services to support runaway and homeless youth struggling with emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties who seek support exiting street life.

East County Behavioral Health Clinic: offers a full-service child and adolescent mental health clinic providing individual, group and family counseling, assessment and treatment, crisis intervention, psychological testing, and medication evaluations and oversight.

East County Prevention & Early Intervention Program: prevents serious mental illness and behavioral problems in elementary school-aged children by working with children, their parents, the community and the school to raise awareness and help prevent these challenges.

Family Resource Center: provides self-sufficiency and supportive services to youth and families in the El Cajon Valley High School District who are experiencing a range of needs.

HERE Now: provides a multi-level suicide prevention and early intervention program for children, youth and transition-age youth in community locations and school settings.

I CARE: serves as a mental health clinic and drop-in center for youth up to age 21 who are at risk of or have experienced sex trafficking or other sexual exploitation.

Independent Living Skills: focuses on giving former foster youth the tools and resources they need to transition smoothly into becoming an independent and self-sufficient adult.

Our Safe Place: offers mental health services and drop-in centers for LGBTQ youth up to age 21 and their families, including support for gender identity, coming out, transitioning, sexual health, safe dating, family relations, and alcohol and drug abuse.

Resource Family Agency: specializes in finding, certifying and supporting foster parents for hard-to-place youth, while moving them toward the long-term goal of reunification with their natural parents or emancipation.

STARS (Surviving Together, Achieving and Reaching for Success): provides case management, support groups, therapy, peer support, detention outreach, a rapid response team with Child Welfare and community trainings for women and transgender women ages 12-24 who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking. Services are also available for young men ages 12-17.

TAY Academy: combines a drop-in center with structured learning and recreational opportunities for transition age youth (ages 16-24), including foster youth, former foster youth, out-of-home probation youth and homeless/runaway youth.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program: works to reduce teen pregnancy and STDs among some of the highest-risk youth populations through a collaborative project targeting identified “hot spots” throughout San Diego County.

Transitional Housing Continuum: provides affordable housing, independent living skills training, life planning and comprehensive support services designed to break the cycle of homelessness and create hope and self-sufficiency for youth ages 16-24 transitioning into adulthood.

Youth Emergency Shelter: serves as the only emergency night shelter program and drop-in center for homeless and runaway youth, providing a safe home and comprehensive support services to help these youth return to their families or find alternative safe living arrangements.