The Advantage Program (TAP) offers youth development opportunities, prevocational career exploration, academic assistance, and life skills activities in a therapeutic after-school setting to Albany County youth aged 12 to 18+ who are experiencing social, emotional, and/or behavior challenges. Instruction is comprehensive, with an emphasis on both hands-on skills and the acquisition of appropriate social and work-setting behaviors. Participants are offered transportation to and from the program. Recent prevocational offerings have included computer skills and repair, food services, photography, bicycle repair, music production, and woodworking. Participants receive a training allowance based on their performance and attendance in prevocational classes. A job readiness class and supervised, community-based job placements at area businesses are available to those who are eligible. In addition, crisis counseling, academic instruction, service learning, and pregnancy prevention groups are offered. TAP is an adjunct to services that a youth may be receiving with their primary clinical program.
Kate Dunn, Program Coordinator; Kate.Dunn@parsonscenter.org
Referrals for eligible Albany County youth are accepted from primary mental health or prevention programs, local school districts, probation, and other service providers. A completed TAP referral form will be returned to the program with any requested supporting documents. Referral forms may be obtained by contacting the program coordinator.
Albany County youth aged 12-18+ with social, emotional, behavior challenges