New York, NY
17th Street is a residential program that connects vulnerable NYC youth and their families to resources that strengthen them. We have GSVs in two different programs, Mirian Hall and Euphrasian Residence.
Marian Hall, a community group residence, serves teenage girls, ages 12-21, who are unable to live at home and have been referred by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. The residence is an open setting, where the young women are able to come and go to school or jobs in the community, maintain regular contact with their families and participate in social activities, while still being a safe and structured environment where they comprehensive services to resolve the problems that led to placement and prepare them for independent adulthood. These services include individual, group and family therapy, job readiness activities, educational and vocational counseling, medical care, mentoring and recreational activities.
Euphrasian Residence, a Diagnostic Reception Center, serves teenage girls in crisis who have been referred by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. The young women, ages 12-17, receive a comprehensive psychological, psychiatric, medical and educational evaluation by professional staff to fully assess their needs and determine the best possible long-term solution for continued care. During a stay of up to 12 weeks or more, residents attend school on-site, and participate in a variety of therapeutic, social and recreational activities.
There are two GSVs at 17th Street whose role as Youth Development Counselors includes assisting the girls in their own personal development, healing, and growth.
GSVs at 17th street are responsible for supervising field trips, group activities, and outings; escorting girls to various appointments and errands; organizing “housekeeping” responsibilities in the home such as chores and room cleaning; and assisting in conflict mediation and therapeutic crisis intervention techniques when necessary. Volunteers also organize and facilitate weekly and monthly workshops that seek to educate youth on topics relevant to their experiences and connect them to people, resources, and opportunities in their communities. The GSVs are invited to continually build and strengthen relationships with all youth in order to create a stable living environment and promote healing, growth, and change.