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In School Counseling Program

School staff primarily refer high-risk youth groups to AFY for School-Centered Groups. However in some cases, referrals are also made by other students. There are two types of groups:

  1. Natural friendship groups, which include groups of friends or entire youth gangs

  2. Individually referred students who form a therapeutic group

AFY staff coordinate with school faculty to implement School-Centered Groups. Group counseling sessions use school facilities to meet with students during one class period each week to address violence and academic achievement. The following services have emerged as a result of AFY’s School-Centered Groups:


  • Youth Leadership and Mentorship

  • Before- and After-School Services

  • Truancy Reduction Services

  • Specialized Girl’s Group and Services

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