The School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP): New Brunswick Bridge, is a comprehensive social service program, located in six schools in the New Brunswick school district. SBYSP is a partnership between the NJ Department of Children and Families, New Brunswick Board of Education, PRAB and NBT.
The mission of SBYSP is to improve the life prospects of New Brunswick Public School students, with the goal to assure academic success by building on the students’ strengths and supporting them in overcoming obstacles.
The New Brunswick site is part of a statewide network that began in 1987 to help young people navigate their adolescent years, finish their education, obtain skills leading to employment or continuing education, and graduate healthy and drug free.
SBYSP is located in New Brunswick High School, New Brunswick Middle School, as well as Lord Stirling Community School, McKinley Community School, Roosevelt Elementary School, and Paul Robeson Community School.
Junior Counselors from the NBT Soccer Academy
SBYSP uses a team approach in working with children. Each school is assigned a team consisting of a mental health clinician and a case manager.
Each team assesses and determines each child’s needs – from the physiological to the physical. The mental health clinician assesses the need for and provides counseling, while the case manager looks at the current family situation, and evaluates needs such as clothing, food, and access to insurance.
At the high school, there are additional services such as the Parent Linking Program (PLP), which provides child care and intensive support services to teen parents, as well as the Youth Development Specialist, who focuses on youth employment and recreational opportunities.
SBYSP Mental Health Clinicians work with children on a variety of social, emotional and behavioral issues. Some issues that SBYSP clinicians work with include:
- Disruptive Behaviors
- Anger Control
- Substance Abuse
- Mood Difficulties
- Suicide and Self-Harm
- Learning Disabilities
- Executive Skills
- Child and Adolescent Sexuality
- Attention Skills
- Impulse Control/Self Regulation
- School Attendance
- Self Injurious Behavior
- Antisocial Behaviors
- Social Skills
- Developmental Issues
- Cultural Differences
- Abuse and Neglect
SBYSP Case Managers work with families on connecting them with information and referral resources within the community. Some examples of issues that case managers assist families with include:
- Access to healthcare
- Connections to community resources
- Each year, SBYSP serves more than 1,000 students, though activities such as individual counseling, group trainings, class presentations, and youth employment placement.
- In the summer of 2014, SBYSP hosted with Summer Soccer Academy, where more than 130 children attended a daily soccer camp in Buccluech Park. Each child had a morning of psycho-educational workshops, community service and arts and crafts – and each afternoon held intensive soccer instruction and scrimmages.
If you would like to support the work of School Based Youth Services Program, please donate to NBT in the 0 to 21 program area. Thank you for your support!