Youth Services

Meeting the needs of Milwaukee County’s youth.

The Social Development Commission (SDC)’s Youth Services offers several programs for Milwaukee County youth and their families. These programs help young people make positive life choices that build character and strengthen families as a whole.

SDC uses an integrated case management approach when working with youth and families.

This means that when a case manager works with a young person, all the important people impacting the child’s life work together to help the child reach established goals.

Case managers assess the needs of each young person and make appropriate internal and external referrals.

SDC staff also use an assessment tool to addresses the following:

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Legal, Education, Nutrition Needs
  • Parenting and Financial Education

Once a case manager completes an assessment, staff creates an Individual Service Plan to address short- and long-term goals.

SDC Youth Services offers recreational activities including flag football and basketball leagues. SDC staff conduct workshops at schools or at SDC sites to focus on the following topics: Conflict Resolution, Anti-Bullying, Communication, High Risk Behavior and Parenting.

SDC also administers the Youth and Family Services program funded by the Department of Justice. This program is a preventative tool for youth, ages 8-19, who are at risk of gang involvement. Other Youth Services programs include job trainings and job placement.

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

(ages 14-24)

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.

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