CCYS’ mission is to promote the healthy development of youth and families. CCYS offers counseling and outreach services to youth and their families, and emergency shelter services to youth in crisis. CCYS serves youth and families throughout the Big Bend area of North Florida, including Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, Franklin, Liberty, Jefferson, Madison and Taylor Counties. All services are free and confidential. All programs focus on reaching out and helping youth and families who have found themselves in situations beyond their control.
CCYS programs, which date back to 1975, began by providing for the basic needs of runaway and homeless youth, ages 10-17. Once established as a private, nonprofit agency, CCYS has grown to include a continuum of services for runaway, homeless, truant, ungovernable, and other at-risk youth and their families.
Services offered include outreach and prevention in the community, short-term residential care, case management, counseling (individual, family and group), and aftercare. CCYS’s success has been and will continue to be, measured by the level of satisfaction from the community and our clients, and the ongoing health of the families we serve.
CCYS is a private, non-profit corporation, funded in part by United Way of the Big Bend, the Department of Juvenile Justice, Florida Department of Child and Family Services, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Leon County, City of Tallahassee, and private donations. CCYS is a member of the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, the Youth and Family Services Network, and the National Network for Youth.
Project Safe Place is an outreach program partnering with local businesses to help get kids of the street and to safety.
Going Places is a street outreach program focused on identifying and providing services to runaway, homeless, or exploited youth up to age 21.
Family Place is the non-residential counseling program, offering services to families with at-risk children to keep crises from becoming catastrophes.
Someplace Else is the area’s only youth shelter, providing 18 beds for youth who are runaway, homeless, abused, truant, or in other crisis situations.
Transitional Living is the area’s only transitional living program, serving older youth who need help transitioning into adulthood. The facility is home to up to 6 young people at a time for up to 18 months, while they learn the skills necessary to live on their own.
Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) is an evidence based program that addresses behavioral issues, and teaches effective emotional regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills for youth ages 6-11