Brooklyn-based program helps teens stay away from trouble by teaching life skills

The teens meet twice a week and get a $75 stipend per week to participate. They also learn how to manage that money.

Shakti Denis

May 3, 2024, 11:00 AM

Updated 14 days ago

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A Brooklyn-based program is helping teens stay away from trouble by teaching them valuable life skills.
The Second Chances program, operated by JCCA, targets teens 12 to 17 years old, who are either at risk or have a history of suspensions from school, substance abuse, behavior issues, conflicts with their parents or mental health concerns.
They receive counseling and learn valuable life skills to set them up for the future.
The teens meet twice a week and get a $75 stipend per week to participate. They also learn how to manage that money.
"We talked about things, and shared different things about what we've done. It's very open space and it's a safe space, too, it's not like you're pressured to do anything," said Isaiah Santos, who participated in the program a few months ago.
The program is funded by the City Council and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. It covers a group of 15 teens every quarter. But program leaders say the demand keeps growing, and they hope to get more funding to serve more teens.


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