We are an LGBTQ+ Safe Zone

Our Vision

We envision a world where all youth grow and thrive in an equitable and beloved community.

Our Mission

We partner with youth to realize their full potential, by creating opportunities, removing barriers and promoting social justice.

Our Promise

Started by kids for kids – we offer services rooted in a culture of belonging, growth, and understanding to ensure youth voices will always be heard and respected.


Without the generosity of our community and the support of our funders, our shelters, programs and dedicated staff would not be able to be there in times of need. Your commitment gives peace of mind and safety during times of crisis.

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24 Hour Crisis Line


Shelter, Housing & Crisis Services

The Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester – the only program of its kind in the Greater Rochester region – delivers free, temporary childcare during family emergencies, including (but not limited to): medical emergencies, unexpected illness, accidents, unemployment, mental health episodes, unexpected death, domestic violence, homelessness, legal issues, unstable/unsafe housing.

Crisis Nursery intake forms:
Intake Form
Health & Safety
Consent Form
Transportation Consent Form

We house youth in need, both long-term and short-term, through the following programs:

  • Extended Host Home Program
  • Chrysalis House
  • New Beginning House
  • The Arnett House – LGBTQ and trafficked homeless youth
  • Transitional Living Program apartments and Rapid Rehousing Program

The Center for Youth’s 24-hour Emergency Shelter serves nearly 300 youth in Monroe County each year. A shelter is a place where homeless and runaway youth who have few options can feel heard and respected and find safe housing. The Center is welcoming to all youth and strives to provide services that are respectful of the many cultural, ethnic, religious, and LGBT identities youth represent.

Our Safe Harbour team provides case coordination and advocacy for commercially sexually exploited (CSE) youth. We help youth access medical care, mental health counseling, financial assistance, emergency shelter and other basic living and safety needs.

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The Street Outreach Program provides on-the-street services, including crises and survival care and referral information to street youth in an attempt to increase their personal safety and encourage them to partner with us to leave the streets for a more stable living environment.

Counselors build trusting relationships and provide needed survival supplies such as food, clothing, basic medical attention, and Emergency Shelter. Other services include Education, Counseling, and Referrals to assist youth in leaving the streets.

The Nook is a small food and supply cupboard at our main offices. Our young people have easy access to non-perishable foods, hygiene items, and household supplies. In conjunction with The Nook, staff and volunteers deliver education and life skills focused on nutrition, cooking and grocery shopping budgets.

To ensure The Nook is full year round, we ask friends and community businesses, churches and organizations to “Adopt a Shelf.” Each partner who wants to help is assigned a product or products to collect and donate regularly. Call (585) 473-2464 or email kcummins@centerforyouth.net to adopt a shelf.

School-Based and Commitment to Youth Development

New Beginning is a small, alternative school for young men, ages 16-21, who have faced challenges in a traditional school setting or who have had an encounter with the criminal justice system. The Rochester City School District’s (RCSD) Youth and Justice Program partners with The Center for Youth to offer the New Beginning School.

The Center also delivers an array of school-based services to thousands of young people each year, including the Alternative-to-Suspension program, Crisis Intervention, After-School Program at Urban Choice Charter School and Prevention Education Services intervention/ prevention/ help zone, as well as school-based counseling services, and child and family therapy.

Staff provide support to help youth engage in high school equivalency programs and testing (formerly known as GED), paid internships, advanced training programs, college enrollment and employment. Through individual appointments with a Workforce Navigator and monthly job-readiness workshops youth learn:

  • how to develop a portfolio
  • interviewing and job-retention skills
  • how to obtain a paid internship
  • how to obtain employment
  • how to engage in post-secondary education and create long-term career goals

Any youth, ages 17-24, who reside in Monroe County and have dropped out of high school or already graduated from high school are eligible for out-of-school services.

Rochester Teen Court is a diversion program delivered by The Center for Youth for nonviolent offenders, ages 16-18. Defendants participate voluntarily in this sentencing court after accepting responsibility for their actions in a traditional courtroom. Local judges preside over the proceedings, and teen jurors recommend sentencing. Youth volunteers also serve as attorneys and court personnel.

Could you or someone you know use these services? Contact us to get help.

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July 2020

Center for Youth Summer Gala

Support The Center For Youth while enjoying cocktails, dinner, auctions, & dancing at this charity gala. ...
10 Jul
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monroe Golf Club
155 Golf Avenue Pittsford, NY 14534
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Need help now? Call our crisis line.

24 Hour Crisis Line


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  • 905 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
  • Open Mon-Fri: 8AM–9PM
  • info@centerforyouth.net
  • 585-473-2464

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