Health and Wellness

For young people in San Francisco, access to culturally attuned and language-appropriate health and wellness services is piecemeal at best. CYC provides a broad array of services for youth facing challenges related to mental health, drug prevention, healthy relationships, bullying, and violence prevention.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant challenges for our city’s youth, who are often dealing with trauma, illness, and significantly stretched or altered family, social, and academic relationships. CYC as an organization has been approaching the many crises of this challenging time with commitment, creativity and care.

Note: CYC maintains a central intake system to place to provide referrals and case management services. Please contact the On-Duty Intake Counselor at 415-775-2636 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Behavioral Health

CYC Behavioral Health programs provide case management and individual family therapy for youth aged 11-21. Our clinicians and case managers conduct psychosocial assessments and address mental health stigma, limited access to linguistically and culturally appropriate services, and cofactors such as violence, chronic truancy, and substance abuse. Several of these programs are funded by Community Behavioral Health Services under the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

We also provide parenting classes, stress relief classes, the Strengthening Families Program, and parent appreciation events and activities for promoting the health and wellbeing of parents.


CYC Intervention programs support high-risk and at-risk youth and families through crisis intervention, information, linkages, mental health referrals, individual and family counseling, parenting classes, case management services, court advocacy, conflict intervention, support groups, and linkages to culturally appropriate wraparound services.

This program addresses mental health stigma, limited access to linguistically and culturally appropriate services, and co-factors surrounding AAPI youth and LGBTQIA+ youth mental health issues such as violence and substance abuse.

Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSTD) and Intensive Supervision and Clinical Services (ISCS) are community-based supervision and case management services for individual and family therapy. Both programs seek to motivate success and promote healthy lifestyles.

This program partners with multiple agencies citywide that work together to promote a substance abuse program. The program teaches youth about leading a healthy lifestyle, making sound choices, and avoiding the pitfalls and dangers of drug, alcohol, and nicotine abuse.

This program provides at-risk youth ages 10-21 and their families with resources and mentorship to overcome barriers and ensure success in life.

Community Assessment Referral Center (CARC) is a shared space for community-based organizations that collaboratively work with arrested youth in the juvenile hall system to provide them with case management, support, opportunity, and hope.

This program works to reconnect at-risk AAPI youth with caring adults and peers by providing financial, social, and recreational resources, building individual strengths, and promoting the importance of youth and family communication.

This beloved Skylink video series is part of the CYC Strengthening Families Program, an evidence-based sub-program of AYPS that demonstrably increase positive interactions between parents and children and foster mutual understanding. In weekly sessions, parents learn positive parenting skills and learn more about their children, while their children at the same time discover who they are and deepen their understanding of their role within the family.