FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
The Familiy Resource Center is a youth drop-in center where any youth 14 - 21 can come to develop life skills in a safe and welcoming environment. This space is available for youth to socialize, play games, do their laundry, cook food in the kitchen, or attend one of our events.
The Family Resource Center is located downstairs at 805 Lincoln Street at the corner of Jeff Davis St and Lincoln St on Sheldon Jackson campus. Our current hours are:
Monday - 10am - 6pm
Tuesday - 10am - 6pm
Wednesday - 10am - 6pm
Thursday - 10am - 8pm
Friday - 10am to 630pm
At the Family Resource Center, we focus on:
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Increase the independent life skills functioning of transitioning aged youth (TAY)
Provide TAY with access to services including: life and interpersonal skill building, career counseling, education and degree/GED attainment, vocational training, mental health and substance abuse counseling, independent living skills, and medical care as appropriate.
Assist youth in fostering a sense of connection to their community
Decrease likelihood of TAY becoming homeless
Increase community awareness of TAY needs
Assist youth in developing healthy life-long recreational activities, hobbies and interests that promote physical, social and mental health
Foster healthy relationships among youth and with healthy caring adults
Empower youth to grow into healthy, happy, and productive members of our community
ACCESS to BASIC NEEDS - At the FRC drop-in center we support youth who are struggling to meet basic needs in a more permanent manner. Youth can access food, hygiene items, safe place to get warm, process emotional needs, do laundry, etc. FRC staff assist youth and their families to problem solve ways to meet their basic needs on a more permanent manner. Examples include assisting youth in finding jobs, educating youth and their families on support services in Sitka and Alaska, and working with youth and their families on housing options to include assisting with filling out necessary forms.
LIFE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT- FRC utilizes youth input, Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessments, referrals from clinical team, input from youth’s families, and/or one-on-one strengths discovery (Transition to Independence Process Model) to work with each youth to help determine how the FRC drop-in center can best serve the youth’s needs. The following are the types of Life skills development provided based on youth’s needs and desire to participate.
Individual Futures Planning - Based on Transition to Independence Process transition domains (employment and career, living situation, education opportunity, community life functioning, personal effectiveness and wellbeing), FRC staff assist each youth in determining how they are currently doing and what their goals are across transition domains. FRC staff then assist the youth in determining steps needed to take to achieve their goals. These steps and the process of reaching their goals are decided upon by the youth. Each youth also determines when/if the plan is changed or steps adjusted.
One-on-One Skills Development - One-on-one skills development can be scheduled with a skills trainer either by the clinician, parent/guardian(s), or the youth themselves.
Life Skills Development events - Each week we hold events that are designed to build life skills. An example of these events is Cooking and Dinner- youth plan the meal, buy the groceries, talk about nutrition, prepare, cook, eat the meal and then clean up afterwards.
Life Skills Classes- We utilize the ARISE life skills curriculum for teaching life skills classes. ARISE is a non-profit, created in 1986, that provides a rich assortment of time tested, evidence-based life skills curricula for at-risk youth.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH - Our community outreach efforts focus on the high schools and the middle school. The goal of community outreach is to inform youth and their families of the services available to them as well as inform other agencies in Sitka that work with youth of the services we provide. YAS’s Executive Director and Program Coordinators meet with key service providers as well as the public school administrators on a regular basis to keep them informed of services.
PREVENTION SERVICES - Skills trainers regularly work with youth to help prevent: homelessness, dropping out of school, losing their jobs, being kicked out of their homes, abusing substances, experiencing trauma, etc. We utilize Transition to Independence Process strategies such as strengths discovery, futures planning, S.O.D.A.S which is a decision making process, as well as education on the various subjects. Staff utilizes its partnerships with other agencies that specialize in the above areas to assist youth in receiving up to date information and contacts with trained professionals in the target areas. FRC staff assists the youth in accessing these services as well as providing basic information and alternatives.
COMMUNITY REFERRALS - Youth Advocates of Sitka staff works with a wide variety of social service, education, employment, and medical agencies in Sitka. We regularly make referrals to community partners as the youth and families express their needs and concerns. Some of the types of referrals include: Housing programs, Food Banks, Health programs, School Counselors & Special Education programs, Job Center, Substance abuse counseling, Mental Health counseling, signing up for Denali Kid Care or Medicaid and more. All Youth Advocates of Sitka’s programs are made available to any youth who visits the Family Resource Center.