In 2016, the New York Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services awarded $2.6 million in annual funding to eleven organizations (each in a different county across the state) to create youth clubhouses for adolescents and young adults in Recovery or at risk for substance use disorders. These first-of-their-kind community-based havens promote peer-driven support and services in a non-clinical setting for young New Yorkers.
The clubhouses help individuals in Recovery develop social skills that promote prevention, long-term health, wellness, Recovery and a drug-free lifestyle. A variety of services and activities including homework help and tutoring, college and job preparation, community service opportunities, sports and fitness activities, group entertainment activities, and peer mentoring are also available. Youth and family advisory board members at each clubhouse play a big part in helping shape its activities and programming.