Youth Drop-In Center Promotes Positive Development

The Community Outreach Center is a safe and productive place for youth to interact with peers and participate in activities to promote positive youth development. Free after-school and evening activities, intervention and prevention programs, and counseling services are available to community youth ages 10-20. The Center also provides street outreach services for at-risk teens and weekly support/information groups for youth and parents.

Hours of Operation
Ages 10-20: Mon, Tues, Thurs 2:30 - 6pm and Fri 2:30 - 5pm
Ages 14-20: Wed 2:30 - 8pm and Thurs 6 - 8pm

After-School Drop-in Program
The after-school program offers structured activities, homework assistance, arts and crafts, community service projects and other indoor and outdoor activities, including games and special event activities. The program is designed to promote positive youth development in a safe place where youth can interact with their peers, develop new skills, enhance their academic performance, become involved in positive recreational activities, increase their community involvement through volunteer services and reduce risk for entering the juvenile justice system. Daily on-site counseling and group activities are available as needed.

Street Outreach
An additional evening drop-in program for youth ages 14-20 is provided on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-8pm. The program offers individual, group and peer counseling, basic need assistance, assessments and referrals for mental health, substance abuse or health-related services in an environment that promotes safety, stability and positive youth development. Outreach workers also attend school and community activities/events to provide interactive presentations on a variety of topics to youth and other interested groups throughout Putnam County.

Group Meetings
Green Chimneys now offers 8-week psycho-educational group meetings to build continuity with youth and support their growth and development. To learn more about these weekly meetings or to sign up, email the Outreach Center or call 845.279.1467.

  • Anger Management helps youth learn effective ways to express and manage their anger. The program addresses triggers, negative patterns of interaction, self-care, stress management and effective communication; all with the goal of reducing problematic behaviors and increasing self-esteem.
  • B.O.Y.S. allows boys ages 10-12 to focus on team work, relationships, self-esteem and social skills and ultimately enhance their growth as young men.
  • Girls Only! helps girls ages 14-17 learn about relationships, positive body image, and making healthy choices, in addition to building their self-esteem and growth as young women.
  • LGBTQ Alliance provides safe space for LGBTQ and allied youth and young adults ages 13-21 to build community and promote social justice through empowerment. This group explores the history of gender, male/female stereotypes, healthy relationships, community safety and internet safety.
  • Risk Takers Anonymous helps youth to identify the consequences associated with risky behaviors/decisions they may make. The program offers peer-to-peer support for making healthier decisions and finding ways to avoid conflict, and teaches the skills needed to make good choices in difficult situations.

Parent Central
This support and educational group is designed for parents who need assistance fostering effective communication with their teen. Topics include information and guidance on how to communicate and improve relationships with a teenager, education and information on community resources, and effective ways to set limits and encourage responsibility. Parents also benefit from support from other area parents.
Second Wednesday of every month 6:30 - 7:30pm

Community Service
Opportunities to complete required community service are available at the Outreach Center. Youth aged 14 and up can work as volunteers at the Center helping younger youth with homework, leading arts/crafts activities, teaching skills/hobbies or assisting staff with special projects. Social and recreational activities are offered along with the above groups. Pizza is served.
Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings

Community Outreach Center
965 Route 22
Brewster, NY 10509

Immediate Help
Crisis Intervention can be accessed through a case manager or through our 24-hour Crisis Hotline to provide immediate intervention for youth and families.

Call 845.279.2588
All services are free and confidential and accessible 24 hours a day. Bilingual staff available.

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