Programs & Services

Therapeutic Counseling

New Directions for Youth provides assessment, counseling and referral services to more than 2,000 young people and their families annually. NDY's professional and para-professional counselors offer clients individual, group and family counseling. Experienced outreach counselors work on more than a dozen Los Angeles Unified School District campuses addressing such critical issues as gang affiliation, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, drop-out decisions and depression.

In addition to School-Based counseling, New Directions for Youth employs a staff of trained counselors at its Van Nuys facility to lead on-site individual, group, and family counseling. Parenting classes are provided to court-referred individuals and walk-ins and are strongly encouraged for parents of any youth enrolled in the agency's programs.

Graffiti Removal & Neighborhood Beautification

New Directions for Youth's Graffiti Removal program, the first such program in the San Fernando Valley, was founded in 1984. The program is funded by the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department through Operation Clean Sweep. NDY's Graffiti Removal programs is one of the most productive graffiti eradication programs in the San Fernando Valley. The program utilizes court-referred or probation department referred workers to remove over 100,000 square feet of graffiti each month. NDY's Graffiti Removal program teaches students community pride, self-respect, respect for property, and the value of volunteerism.

Summer Employment

Every summer, New Directions for Youth recruits and supervises local teens for the "Green Team," sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. The "Green Team" offers local communities neighborhood beautification services provides at-risk youth with paid, summer employment opportunities.

Literacy Training

New Directions for Youth provides school-based and community based literacy tutoring, homework assistance and study skills training for youth ages 10-17.5 who are at-risk, in out of home placement and or home on probation.

The literacy tutoring, homework assistance and study skills training program promotes school success, academic achievement and educational skill advancement to help prevent delinquent behavior. NDY will provides these services in the critical after school time periods from 3:30pm-5:30pm at 10 different designated literacy tutoring centers and at local school sites, community centers and housing developments.

Career Education & Exploration

Scholarshop® is a curriculum and resource center designed to motivate and prepare young people to achieve their full potential as students and as productive members of society. It provides youth with the avenue to pursue and cultivate a broad range academic and career opportunities by engaging them in enriching and comprehensive activities that will enable them to make crucial decisions on their academics, career, and future. Students use Scholarshop® to inventory their own personal and academic assets, pursue service-learning opportunities, explore career options, and prepare for post-secondary education through a seven module progressive curriculum, and through a multi-media library containing interactive computer programs, printed materials, and videos. Scholarshop® has proven successful in assisting youth to make career choices and to develop a career path. Ultimately, youth enroll in some type of post-secondary educational program-college or trade school.

Gang Prevention

NDY's gang prevention program provides after school activities to engage youth exhibiting high-risk characteristics for gang behavior and keep them away from gang activity. Targeting youth ages 10 to 14 who live, attend or reside near Pacoima Middle School, NDY's gang prevention program aims to reduce delinquent gang activity among youth and strengthen neighborhoods by supporting activities that effectively protect communities. NDY's Services include:

  • Individual and/or Family Counseling
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Anger Management
  • Parenting Activities & Family Outings
  • Information and Referral
  • Tutoring and Homework Assistance

  • Delinquency Prevention

    The Community Delinquency Prevention Program identifies and provides services to youth in the San Fernando Valley who are at risk of or currently afflicted with substance abuse problems, gang affiliation, physical and or sexual abuse, school failure, early pregnancy, or juvenile delinquency. New Directions for Youth, Inc. specifically targets the gang injunction areas as the Los Angeles Police Department has identified over 22 active gangs in the San Fernando Valley. Over 20 % of the families who live in NDY's service areas have incomes below the poverty level with over 20% of the youth in our local high schools dropping out. NDY will make services available to youth six days per week (Monday-Saturday) with incentive and/or recreation activities on Fridays.

    Alcohol and Drug Prevention & Recovery

    NDY's Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Recovery Support Programs enlist a comprehensive approach to prevention by providing a range of diverse services and programs to meet the complex needs of youth and to prevent under age drinking and use of methaphetamines, narcotics and other illegal drugs. Services include Individual and group mentoring, Drug/Alcohol Awareness Educational Classes, recovery support services including tutoring, life skills, anger management, mentoring, and job preparation skills.

    Parent Education

    NDY provides weekly parent education workshops in Spanish and English throughout the San Fernando Valley for parents mandated by the Department of Social Services, Department of Children and Family Services, the Family Courts or those parents who simply need guidance assisting youth with behavioral, academic or social troubles and/or issues.

    Alternative Services for youth

    Alternative Services for Youth (ASFY) is a county-wide effort to prepare adolescents ages 14-18 in foster care to meet the challenges of emancipation and become responsible, productive, and healthy adults by assisting them through the transition from childhood to adulthood. The goals for the program are to encourage the foster child's growth and development, improved school attendance and performance, establish educational and career goals, stabilize child in foster care, raise self-esteem levels, prepare youth for emancipation, aid youth to enter college and obtain employment. The ASFY program is conducted throughout eight service planning areas county-wide. These service planning areas and sites are located in the following areas:

    SPA (Service Planning Area) 1 - Antelope Valley
    New Directions for Youth
    Larry Chimbole Cultural Center
    38350 Sierra Highway
    Palmdale, CA 93550

    SPA (Service Planning Area) 2 - San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita
    New Directions for Youth
    7315 North Lankershim Blvd.
    North Hollywood, CA 91605

    Community Technology Center

    The Community Tech Center (CTC) is a 30 week course providing computer training to local families, with both child and parent to attend bilingual courses. In the first 10 weeks, students learn to turn on and off the computer, use a mouse, and use the internet. In the second 10 weeks, students learn to use Microsoft software, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In the third 10 weeks, students learn trouble-shooting, software and hardware installation, and computer repair. After course completion, the families take home a computer, often built with recycled computer parts donated by local businesses, and remain networked on-line from their homes to the internet. In each graduating class, a top student is identified who serves as mentor to the community and a volunteer IT consultant. In addition to the technological component, there is a sociological component to the program - CTC courses are offered to families from rival gang areas, with families from traditionally competing territories serving as mentors to one another. This program is not only making real strides in bridging the digital divide by providing low-income families with home computers and internet access, but it is also bridging long-standing territorial divides in our communities.