Help for Youth

If you're a youth in need of emergency assistance, please call us at 1-800-924-4636. Our youth programs are listed below.


CAPteens is a youth-driven, youth development program aimed at involving local teens at Shenendehowa Schools in community service, philanthropy, and helping those in need. High school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to become CAPteens based on an application and interview process. They commit to volunteer service, plan educational events, staff the Teen Talk and Homework Help phone lines, and mentor students. For more information, see your school's administrator.

 Job Assist 

Job Assist is a free youth employment matching program for youth ages 14-21 residing in the Shenendehowa or Burnt Hills Ballston Lake School Districts, and local employers. Youth are provided with job matching support and employment readiness skills related to interviewing, resume preparation, understanding the hiring process and setting professional expectations for the world of work. Click here for more information or call 518-371-1185.

 R U Ok? 

Have you ever been bullied or have a friend who has been bullied? Have you ever witnessed bullying? If you're dealing with a tough situation, text R U OK to 518-300-4320 to be connected with an anonymous peer who can help you think through real time, real solutions to real problems.

 R Rules 

In the R Rules, life is like a card game, everyone gets a hand. We all get good hands, and we all get bad hands. While you can't control the cards you were dealt, you can control how you play them. Youth ages 15-18 use the R Rules to learn about themselves, build resources, and win more often in the game of life. Call 518-371-1185.

 Street Outreach Project 

We offer youth street-based outreach and education, crisis intervention, access to emergency shelter and/or assistance with alternative housing, basic survival tools (clothing/food/hygiene), individual assessments and case management, referrals to needed services (medical, counseling, sexual assault and crisis rape relief counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, etc.), housing, employment and transportation assistance, and follow-up support. We serve Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery, Washington, and Warren Counties.

Contact us day or night: call 1-800-924-4636; call or text: 518-469-7897.

 Youth Shelter 

Our Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter is a temporary shelter certified by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services serving youth ages 13-17 who are homeless, runaway, or in an otherwise unsafe situation. Youth can utilize our program and services for up to 30 days or as long as is necessary, and know that they will be safe and find refuge in a home-like environment. The Shelter operates around-the-clock, every day of the year, accepting youth 24-hours a day from various locations and referral sources. The Shelter's location is confidential for safety purposes.

Need help now? Call 518-584-6042 or 1-800-924-4636.