Youth Forum

Youth Forum provides support, advocacy and recreational opportunities for older adolescents and young adults, ages 16 to 23, with special needs who are or have been involved in mental health services. This is a peer-driven initiative where participants provide support for each other and learn to be advocates for their own needs.

Youth Forum members participate in bi-weekly “Knowledge Nights” where they gather information and resources and develop skills that foster independence: Activities include self-exploration exercises to work on long and short-term goals; advocacy around issues; resume building and peer support . 50-60 young people participated this past year.


The Lanza Family Center For All Ages
106 N Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603

Patrick Schelle, Program Coordinator

For information, please contact Patrick Schelle, FSW’s Respite Program Director and Youth Forum Coordinator, at 914-422-8100 or at