YOUTH CLUBHOUSES

New York’s youth clubhouses help young people in recovery (or at risk for addiction) develop social skills that promote prevention, long-term health, wellness, recovery, and a drug-free lifestyle.

A Haven to Support Young People in Recovery

In 2016, Governor Cuomo announced nearly $2.6 million to create eleven first-of-their-kind youth clubhouses for young people in recovery or at risk for substance use disorder. These community-based havens exist to promote peer-driven support and services in a non-clinical setting for young New Yorkers.  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 available. The youth and family advisory board members at each clubhouse will help shape activities and programming.

According to the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, “Through participation in a Clubhouse, adolescents and young adults gain the opportunity to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, community, employment, and education. The Clubhouse will also offer the services and support young people may need to progress in their recovery. The model provides a restorative environment for youth whose lives have been disrupted because of their substance use disorder and who want the support of others in recovery. It would also offer a protected environment for youth who are looking for a safe, drug-free place to engage socially with peers.”

Creative Connections Youth Clubhouse, Amsterdam

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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.

“Through participation in a Clubhouse, adolescents and young adults gain the opportunity to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, community, employment, and education. The Clubhouses will also offer the services and support adolescents and young adults may individually need to progress in their recovery. The model provides a restorative environment for youth whose lives have been disrupted because of their substance use disorder and who would like the support of others in recovery. It will also offer a safe environment for youth who are looking for a safe, drug-free environment to engage socially with peers.” – NYS OASAS

Akwesasne (St. Regis Mohawk Tribe)


Ronthahiiohsthà:ke A/CDP Clubhouse (Akwesasne Youth Clubhouse)

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Bronx County


MMCC Youth Clubhouse

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Ontario County


EPIC Zone Youth Clubhouse

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Chautaqua County


ÖGWAYA’DAYEISTA’ (OUR GATHERING PLACE) Seneca Youth Clubhouse

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Chemung County


TC Commons Youth Clubhouse

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Columbia County


Hudson Youth Clubhouse

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Erie County


NACS Youth Clubhouse

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Greene County


Catskill Youth Clubhouse

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Kings County


Brooklyn Youth Clubhouse

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Manhattan County


The Center Youth Clubhouse

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Montgomery County


Creative Connections Youth Clubhouse

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Nassau County


Club H.E.L.P.

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Oswego County


The SPOT Youth Clubhouse

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Otsego County


Oneonta Teen Center

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Otsego County


Club Odyssey

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Queens County


The C.O.R.E. – Culture of Recovery for Excellence Youth Clubhouse

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St. Lawrence County


Horizons Youth Clubhouse

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Westchester County


Yonkers Youth Clubhouse

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“I come to the Youth Clubhouse because it is a safe place to be and we do fun things there.”

~ Yonkers YMCA clubhouse member

“I come to the Youth Clubhouse because it is a safe place to be and we do fun things there.”

~ Yonkers YMCA clubhouse member