Our Model


NECS has a rich track record of reaching youth by providing Life Coaching and wrap-around services that connect youth development with family and community resources. Many of our youth have been exposed to "root shock," which is defined as a traumatic stress reaction to the destruction of all or part of one's emotional and social eco-system. Our Life Coaching and engagement model provides opportunities to restore broken connections and build bridges between youth, their families, and communities.

Our Model


NECS has a rich track record of reaching youth by providing Life Coaching and wrap-around services that connect youth development with family and community resources. Many of our youth have been exposed to "root shock," which is defined as a traumatic stress reaction to the destruction of all or part of one's emotional and social eco-system. Our Life Coaching and engagement model provides opportunities to restore broken connections and build bridges between youth, their families, and communities.

Programs


Mentoring At Risk Kids (MARK) is a Youth Support Program that raises self-esteem and social functioning by providing clients with life coaching in combination with a Game Plan. Our main priority in working with young people is to build a positive trusting relationship that will motivate clients to recognize their full potential.

Mentoring At Risk Kids (MARK) is a Youth Support Program that raises self-esteem and social functioning by providing clients with life coaching in combination with a Game Plan. Our main priority in working with young people is to build a positive trusting relationship that will motivate clients to recognize their full potential.

Mentoring At Risk Kids (MARK) is a Youth Support Program that raises self-esteem and social functioning by providing clients with life coaching in combination with a Game Plan. Our main priority in working with young people is to build a positive trusting relationship that will motivate clients to recognize their full potential.

The Mentoring Young Adults (MYA) Program was established to provide counseling, modeling, advocacy, and monitoring support for at risk young adults in our community, who are not involved with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Clinical Assessments

An integrated assessment and analysis of the interacting endogenous, familial, environmental and systemic concerns is needed to identify the primary and secondary enabling issues that are severely limiting the healthy growth of our clients.  Up to this point, service fragmentations have been a major treatment impediment for this population.  With integrated and accurate data accessible to NECS from psychological evaluations, services can be individualized and coordinated for the identified client.

Parental Support

In collaboration with parent(s), a Game Plan is developed that supports improved mental health, self-esteem, parenting and social functioning so that parents are better prepared to support their children and household.

Comprehensive Family Work (Combination)

Through conversational interviews and family activities, we observe and gather information towards assessment and family Game Plan. In partnership with our clinical consultant, NECS will assess risk, safety, and family functioning from a social, cultural, and mental health perspective. This program is provided in combination with two or more of our other available programs.

 

Program Components


The Girls Excelling in Maturity and Strength (GEMS) is a component of the MARK Program, which provides gender-specific programming to address the different needs of our female clientele.

W.G.U


We Got Us is a component that addresses the concerns of the LGBTQ community.

F.I.T.


Finding Inner Toughness is a fitness and sports training series.

PARENT INITIATIVE


Parent groups and programming.

SOCIOECONOMICINTEGRATION


Helping immigrant families adapt to societal challenges within the United States.

Community Garden


The NECS Community Garden is a budding initiative born out of the NECS Community Service Committee. Although very unique in our approach, what started as a single idea has blossomed into one of many therapeutic services NECS has to offer our youth. The garden consists of a single plot within the Kennedy Playground Garden located in Mattapan, MA. We have been granted the opportunity to afford our youth a chance to experience what it means to attain a sense of peace and tranquility, while learning a skill that can be used in their everyday life. It is said that plants provide us an escape; whether through passive viewing or active gardening, our minds let go of current worries and become absorbed in positive thoughts of beauty, renewal, and wonder. NECS looks forward to witnessing the growth of our youth through the growth of the garden.

“Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotion nor conflict.” –Freud

We would like to thank Norfolk Hardware & Aubuchon Hardware for the generous donations of the supplies and materials for the NECS Garden.

Our Services

Services are not limited to what is listed below. We think creatively to meet the needs of our clients.


Employment Activities and Opportunities
Weekend and Evening Hours with 24 Hour Access
Monthly Service Reports and Case Updates
Recreational and Enrichment Activities
Holiday Gathering / Food and Toy Drives
Intensive Outreach
Home and School Visits
Psychological Groups (Huddles and Ladies Room)

Motivational Curriculum / Game Planning
Summer Basketball Clinic
Summer Enrichment Activities
Team Dinners
Family Work
Smart (Unannounced) Visits
Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA)
Culturally competent Staff with language capacity that includes: Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Arabic