What We Do

What We Do

Counseling & Well-Being


Outpatient Counseling

YSOC counseling services provide support for youth and families as they navigate the often turbulent waters of growing up in the world today. Our goal is to accompany the young person on their journey to adulthood, ensuring they have the chance to discover their own power to make the best of their lives.

Our dually licensed therapists (Licensed Professional Counselors & Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors) address a variety of issues including:

  • Abuse and trauma
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief
  • Substance abuse
  • Criminal behavior

Health & Wellness

YSOC believes that a holistic approach to providing services to young people is necessary to meet their unique needs and give them the absolute best chance for success as an adult. Throughout all of our programs, we strive to address the mental, emotional and physical well-being of our clients. In order to accomplish this, we provide services and/or facilitate the acquisition of resources for the youth we serve in the areas of:

  • Physical health
  • Sexual health
  • Fitness
  • Nutrition

Prevention & Intervention


Community Intervention Center (CIC)

Community Intervention Center is a 24-hour intervention program for young people who have committed a misdemeanor or status offense. Our partnership with the City of Oklahoma City and surrounding law enforcement agencies allows officers to get back to the community sooner and provides a youth-appropriate, safe environment and consequence for young people. The CIC provides:

  • Youth appropriate intake process
  • Safe 24-hour intervention facility
  • Identification of and connection to resources for the youth and families to address and resolve issues that resulted in the arrest, and any other needs the youth and families have

 

Skills Education Program (SEP)

When bad decisions result in consequences such as getting into trouble with the law, it negatively impacts the youth and their families. Everyone deserves a chance to learn from their mistakes and that is exactly what the Skills Education Program provides for young people and their parents. A parent/guardian and the youth who has been arrested for the first time, is having trouble in school, or has other behavioral issues that need to be addressed, attend this 16-hour program together. The curriculum enables parents and youth to develop skills in the areas of:

  • Communication
  • Anger management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision-making

 

Juvenile Re-Entry for Oklahoma County (JROC) Program

Re-entry services are designed to assist young people and their families with adjusting to life after time in a detention or other secure residential facility. The services enable our clients to resolve issues that led them to be in placement in the first place. More than 96% avoid re-offending that are engaged in the program. Each JROC client is supported by a network of dedicated staff who provide:

  • Intensive counseling
  • Life skills training and practice
  • Mentoring
  • Crisis intervention
  • Positive, supportive relationships

 

Youth Homeless Services


Adolescent Emergency Shelter

For a variety of reasons, there are young people in our community who need a safe and secure temporary place to stay. Our 24-hour facility has space for up to 18 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. Whether in DHS custody, living on their own without parental support, or having run away from home, the youth who stay with us are provided:

  • Clean, warm beds and nutritious meals
  • Counseling and emotional support
  • Treatment for health issues
  • Ability to attend school and get tutoring
  • Life skills training and practice
  • Recreational and socialization activities


Supporting Kids in Independent Living (SKIL)

Young people living on their own without parental support are at great risk of being presented with a number of difficult obstacles to overcome. Homelessness in youth often results in increased criminal activity, victimization, unsafe sexual practices and untreated mental health issues. The SKIL staff provide a comprehensive array of services ensuring young people have access to resources in the areas of:

  • Safe and stable housing
  • Education and post secondary education
  • Employment skills and readiness
  • Life skills training and practice
  • Positive, supportive relationships 



Educational & Vocational Services


Youth Services for Oklahoma County, Inc. believes regardless of the circumstances from which young people come or the obstacles they face, they deserve access to educational and vocational opportunities. We believe the achievement of adequate education and the acquisition of skills equips young people with the ability to secure and maintain employment. Education and employment are absolutely necessary to give adolescents their best chance to successfully transition into adulthood. Across all programs at YSOC, part of each young person’s experience includes the opportunity to:

  • Graduate from high school
  • Apply for college or vocational school
  • Apply for financial aid for school
  • Build job and job search skills
  • Achieve employment readiness
  • Maintain employment
  • Gain vital life skills