CCYA provides Basic Needs of food, shelter, clothing and supervision (serving as their caregiver). We work collaboratively with the Georgia Department of Family & Children Services to facilitate Permanency Planning for each youth that includes reunification with caregivers when possible & appropriate, locating other willing and appropriate family members, recruiting foster parents, identifying non-related legal guardians, or preparing youth for transition into independence and self sufficiency in young adulthood (age 18+).
CCYA also provides Educational Courses and Support which includes after school tutoring, a GED Home School Literacy program, SAT & ACT Test Preparatory Courses, College & Vocational School Counselling, and Basic computer courses. Life Skills Education is led by a certified Life Skills Education Manager and a GED Instructor and delivered through the original Ansell Casey nine Life Skills domains: Daily Living Tasks, Self Care, Social Relationships, Communication Skills, Work & Study Skills, Career Planning, Work Life, Home Life, and Housing & Money Management.
The Center partners with several community agencies to engage youth in Enrichment Opportunities that Promote Youth Development such as Jr. ROTC, Planned Service Learning Projects, Orange Duffle Bag, and Making Proud Choices. We also encourage our youth to participate in sports, hobbies and the arts. Youth participate in campus clubs, such as Photography Club, CCYA Choir and Band, Praise Dance Team, Step Team, Sewing Club and our Speakers Bureau. CCYA provides a range of Transportation Assistance Services that help youth to get to and from school, work, medical appointments, court hearings, family/sibling & resource visits, and all extracurricular activities/outings.
On-site Therapeutic Services are provided through our community partnership with Northstar Psychological Services (NPS) and Metro Music Therapy. Our new Innovative Therapies are proving to be very effective with our youth. We offer Animal Assisted Therapy, Music Therapy, and Movement Therapy. We also provide Transportation and Access to Medical and Dental Preventive Care and Treatment Services, as well as have a visiting nurse on campus once a week.
Our long time partnership with Cobb Master Gardeners enables us to Farm To Table over 750 pounds of produce annually from our campus garden. This program is called Blooming With Possibilities. We partner with the UGA Extension Cobb County and other volunteers to deliver weekly cooking classes. Our Mentoring 4 Change program matches youth with volunteer mentors and mentoring families who help build community support systems for CCYA youth and teach them to engage in healthy relationships with appropriate and caring adults. And in June of 2016, we launched a pilot Connections Beyond Care Independent Living Program (ILP)which provides permanent housing through a scattered apartment sites model. Supportive Housing Services help these young adults to maintain housing, employment, complete secondary education programs and improve their outcomes beyond shelter care. We have developed a longitudinal study for the Connections project to track outcomes and data on youth beyond CCYA care.