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Since 1986, Adult Friends for Youth has devoted passion, energy, and resources to provide healthy alternatives to gang membership, violence, and school failure. AFY currently serves youth who are engaged in violent and destructive behaviors. Without proper intervention, these youth may be a burden on society with higher risks of incarceration, unemployment, homelessness, and poverty in adulthood. AFY redirects the lives of high-risk youth by providing five distinct programs. Learn more about them on our Programs page.

Redirectional Therapy

RT is the foundational method used in our programs to redirect the lives of youth. RT has been proven to effectively prevent violence and help increase educational achievement by applying non-directive, nonjudgmental, and advocacy practices in group settings. AFY also promotes education as a significant tool for individual freedom. We encourage youth to take charge of their lives and future. Learn about out philosophical and practice principles here.

Mission Statement

Redirecting lives to stop violence in order to strengthen family and community safety, while promoting healthy well-being for all youth so that they can reach their full potential.  


Premiere agency that promotes school and community safety by redirecting lives through advocacy and empowerment. 

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