Youth Forum

FSW’s Youth Forum provides support, advocacy and recreational opportunities for older adolescents and young adults, ages 16 to 23, who have special needs, are currently receiving mental health services or have received them in the past.

Youth Forum is a peer-driven initiative where participants provide support for each other and learn to be advocates for their own needs.

Bi-Weekly Knowledge Nights

Youth Forum members participate in bi-weekly Knowledge Nights, where they can gather the information, learn about the resources and the develop the skills needed to foster their independence.

Activities include self-exploration exercises to work on long and short-term goals, advocacy around issues, resume building and peer support. Each year, 50 to 60 young people typically participate.


The Lanza Family Center for All Ages
106 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603

Contact Information:

Patrick Schelle, MSW, Respite Program Director
(914) 422-8100