Since 1982, Barnabas Center has provided advocacy, assistance and role models for high-risk youth. Program options include Case Management Services, Housing Placement, Living Skills Classes, Peer Leadership Groups, Employment Assistance, On-the-Job Training Experience, Street Outreach, Violence Prevention Activities, Emergency Basic Needs, Recreation and Art & Cultural Activities. Barnabas Center serves more than 300 young people each year. Many have adopted Barnabas Center as their second home or, in some cases, their only home. The primary focus of Barnabas Center is to provide a safe supportive program site where high-risk youth are encouraged to develop their own sense of empowerment and are given an opportunity to learn and perfect the skills necessary to transition from childhood to young adult. As part of this focus, youth are encouraged to continually build and refine their strength-based assets, gaining the poise and perspective necessary to achieve positive outcomes associated with their personal life goals.
Barnabas Center is committed to making services for high-risk youth easily accessible with a minimum of pre-admission screening. Case managers work collaboratively with each young person to develop an individualized service plan to address immediate crises and provide linkages to support services in the community. Although Barnabas Center’s South Side location makes it easily accessible to many high-risk youth, mobile Case Managers are able to provide services to youth living anywhere in Onondaga County.