In Partnership With Communities, AzYP Cultivates Healthy Foundations for Youth and Promotes Strong Families
Arizona Youth Partnership in March 2012 extended its program offerings in Kingman, Arizona to include a Basic Center program called Harbor House. The main focus of Harbor House is to address the needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families in Kingman and its surrounding rural communities. The program is built on the principles of positive youth development, emphasizing the strength of each individual and family unit served.
Harbor House offers temporary shelter for up to 21 days to up to 30 runaway and homeless male youth each year. The center currently has five (5) beds available for emergency shelter. Harbor House will reach more youth through several outreach activities throughout the year. Female youth will be referred to Cornerstone Mission’s Women and Children’s Center. In addition to safe temporary shelter, Harbor House hosts weekly youth sessions focusing on life skills and character development utilizing two curriculums: Teen Outreach Program and Botvin’s Life Skills.
“Harbor House provides a safe environment for youth to regroup and chart a new course in their life. Our goal is to place them in a safe, stable living environment,” explains Lisa Beauchamp, Program Director of Harbor House. Many young adults in Kingman struggle with not only peer pressure, but the effects of increased family conflict, domestic violence and alcohol/substance abuse. Harbor House works with youth and their caregivers to create an individualized life plan to either reunite youth with their families or another trusted adult. Components of the plan may include personal goals, counseling, job skills, drug and alcohol education and academics.
According to the State of Arizona, in 2009, there were 54 unaccompanied youth in Mohave County, which represents 23% of homeless youth in the entire state of Arizona even though the population of Mohave County only accounts for 3% of the total state population. Additionally there were a total of 52 youth (accompanied and unaccompanied) in shelters in Mohave County.
If you have questions about Harbor House please call during office hours (928) 718-0442. If you have a placement or need help after hours please call the 24 hour hotline number (928) 235-5549. Funding made available through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
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