Youth Services


SDC’s Youth Services offers programs for low-income and at-risk youth that live in Milwaukee County. Our experienced
staff guide and counsel youth to aid in their development and provide them with the foundation and skills necessary to
achieve their goals.

By participating in the services offered, youth are able to discuss topics and social encounters that they experience day-to-day helping them to acquire conflict resolution and leadership skills.

SDC operates recreational leagues available to males and females, and some leagues are co-ed. Good sportsmanship and teamwork are emphasized to ensure youth have a rewarding experience in their league of choice.

Other aspects of Youth Services that may be available to youth include job readiness, trainings, and job placement.

ACT Prepartion - FREE

If you are a high school student living in Milwaukee County and plan to attend college after graduation, join us, AT NO COST, to prepare for the ACT. SDC's ACT workshop offers you multi-day instruction that includes materials, ACT practice exercises in all five test areas and an ACT preparation book with practice tests and exercises. Plus, you'll receive a Personal Study Plan guidance, strategies, and tips for sucess. There is individual follow up for participants. All sessions are on Saturdays and you must attend all sessions. They will take place at various points throughout the year. Please check back for announcements of upcoming workshops.

Baby Think It Over

Baby Think It Over is a pregnancy prevention program targeting middle school boys and girls. A lifelike, life-size baby that is six pounds and 21 inches long features realistic computerized responses. The intent of the doll is to provide a true parenting experience. After the fifth week of class, students take the baby simulators home and are graded on their ability to care for the infant.

Community Service Alternatives Program (ages 12-19)

Participants in the Community Service Alternatives Program are referred by Milwaukee Municipal Court, Milwaukee Children’s Court, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office and parents and guardians. Community service options for youth are offered in lieu of citations, fines, detention or jail. Family advocates monitor youth closely and provide weekly school updates and/or home visits. Enrolled youth are required to complete various workshops including alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse (ATODA) prevention, anger management, gang prevention, communication and community service projects.

Job Readiness

The Young Adult and Adult Job Readiness Program is an on the job training experience for young adults and adults ages 14-24. They receive training in job readiness skills, soft skills, financial literacy and information on advancing their education. Participants also gain on the job training experience through an SDC approved location. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate and an employment portfolio which they help create. These workshops provide youth with the necessary skills to obtain and retain employment.

Teen Talking and Listening Circles (ages 12-18)

Small groups of male and/or female young people gather to openly discuss topics including peer pressure, media influences, violence, family and relationships. The circles provide peer-to-peer support enabling participants to learn from one another, share coping skills, and how to make healthy choices.

Youth Advisory Board (ages 14-18)

The Youth Advisory Board offers the opportunity for youth to develop and practice leadership skills. The board members learn to develop ideas and action plans and, working together, they gain knowledge of executing plans through Team Service Projects. Through each project, organizational and collaboration skills are developed resulting in an increase in confidence. Examples of projects include teen dances, youth rallies, and educational field trips.

ATODA, Mental Health and Wellness

Counseling for Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Abuse (ATODA) and Mental Health and Wellness are crucial for any age group, and youth are no exception. In an effort to increase awareness, encourage and build peer, parent and community support for these critical issues, this service offers counseling, prevention, and educational presentation. Workshops and training  are also available to the community.

Free counseling and alternative therapies for youth are accepted through self-referral, family referral, or external referrals. SDC’s state certified community substance abuse clinic counselors and mental health professionals develop individualized treatment plans to address each client’s needs.

For more information on Youth Services program, please call 414.906.2790; for Job Readiness, please call 414.906.2711; and for ATODA/Mental Health and Wellness, call 414.906.2793 or 414.906.2794.


SDC does not discriminate in its programs, activities, facilities, employment, or educational opportunities on the basis of a
person’s sex, race, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or disability.

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