MaineStay Youth & Family Services

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MaineStay Youth & Family Services is an award-winning department that has been serving the mental health needs of our community for nearly 50 years. Our mission is to support the growth of healthier families in the Maine Township community by providing affordable strength-based counseling and comprehensive programs focused on prevention and education. Since our founding in 1975, we have worked diligently to ensure that all Maine Township residents have access to treatment because lack of financial resources should not be a barrier to accessing mental health services. All our programs are either free or low-cost and no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Most of our programs, including counseling, are available only to those who live in Maine Township or attend a Maine Township school.

Fall Programs

Art in the Town – September 18 | 4-4:50 pm (ages 6-8) | 5-6 pm (ages 9-12) | 12-weeks | free
This program helps participants enhance their artistic abilities while increasing confidence and social skills.

Workshop Improv Theatre – September 20 | 5-6 pm | 8 weeks | ages 8-13 | free
This program focuses on confidence building and expressiveness, as participants step outside their comfort zone and learn skills such as listening, public speaking, problem solving, and teamwork.

Youth Anger Management Group (YAM Squad) – September 27 | 5-6 pm | 10 weeks | grades 6-9 | $40
This group teaches practical skills on how to deal with anger and frustration in a heathy manner.

One Pill Can Kill: What Parents Need to Know About Opioids – September 27 | 6-8:30 pm | free
This presentation will shed light of the opioid crisis and show participants common areas in the home where drugs may be hidden.

*NEW* Tutoring – October 4 | 4-7 pm (1-hour sessions) | 10 weeks | grades 1-6 | $50
This program provides personalized assistance designed to improve academic success. Using a small-group format, our experienced tutors, who are also certified teachers, work with students to improve academic skills and self-confidence.

*NEW* Self-Esteem Building Group – October 16 | 4-4:45 pm | 8 weeks | grades 2-4 | free
This new group will help students learn more about themselves, discover their strengths, and increase their self-efficacy through art, games, and empowering stories.

*NEW* Inside Out Explorers: Emotion Regulation Group – October 16 | 6-6:45 pm | 8 weeks | grades K-3 | free
This new group will provide a safe and supportive environment for children to explore their emotions, improve emotional intelligence, and learn healthy coping skills.

Cooking Class – October 26 | 4:30-6 pm | 5 weeks | ages 8-17 | $12/week
This class, taught by an experienced chef, will teach different cooking techniques, knife safety, and culinary concepts, designed to encourage healthier lifestyle choices.

Parenting Class – November 2 | 6-7:30 pm | 6 weeks | $40
This class uses an informative blend of video and discussion to help parents learn fun and practical ways to parent with more energy and less stress.

Pride Program – 1st and 3rd Thursdays | 6-7 pm | ages 13-17 | free
This program provides a safe environment for young people who identify as LGBTQ+, who are questioning their affectional orientation or gender identity, or who are allies.

Mentoring – every other Tuesday | 6-7:30 pm | ages 8-12 | free
Our award-winning Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program meets in a structured group setting and helps children enhance their social skills, confidence, and academic success.

MaineStay offers high-quality, compassionate counseling services for the whole family both in person and via telehealth. Our family therapists use a respectful, strength-based counseling approach designed to assist you in meeting your goals as quickly as possible. We work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Services are available at a reduced cost using a sliding fee scale.

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