Carrie Kotte, LSW
Family Resource & Youth Services Center Coordinator
Telephone (Direct): 859-283-3233
Telephone (Main): 859-384-5300
Mission: Our mission is to enhance students' ability to succeed in school by developing and sustaining partnerships that promote early learning and successful transition to school, academic achievement and well-being, and graduation and transition into adult life.
Background: In the latter part of the 20th century, the need for education and human services to join together to deliver support and services to our students and families rapidly increased. The growing number and complexity of problems faced by our society (e.g. poverty, family, restructuring, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse. mental health and domestic violence) caused increasing levels of stress on both families and students-stress that students bring into the classroom, which creates a barrier to learning. Family Resource (elementary level) and Youth Services (middle and high school level) Centers (FRYSC) were created as part of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) of 1990. FRYSC are now recognized as the nation's largest school-based family support initiative.
Advisory Council: The foundation to a successful Youth Services Center is the FRYSC Advisory Council. The purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide the center coordinator with input, guidance, and recommendations with regard to planning, development, implementation, and coordination of center services, programs, and activities. Membership is comprised of parents, Ryle staff, Ryle students, and community representatives. Bylaws are adopted and provide the framework for ongoing success and continuity of the council. Meetings are held 5 times per year and are open to the community.
Funding:The funding for the FRYSC is provided by state education funds through the Kentucky Department of Education as specified in the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA). At least 20% of students in each school with a center must qualify for free and reduced-priced meals. All students and families enrolled in the school, regardless of family income can use the YSC services.
- Community Agencies/Organizations/Businesses
- School Based Resources and Programs
The more partnerships we can make, the better we can help make a difference in the lives of students and families.
Basic Needs: The Youth Services Center will address basic needs as necessary including but not limited to school supplies, hygiene products, food, and/or clothing. Resources will be available to assist with future need. **Donations to the Center are always welcome and appreciated**
Goal: To remove non-academic barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success. To remove these barriers, the YSC will link students and families with school and community resources.
Services provided are based on the following Core Components:
Health and Social Services: To improve the overall health and well-being of students by addressing the following health components: physical education, health services, nutrition, counseling/psychological services, social services, health promotion for staff, and family/community involvement.
Career Exploration and Development: To promote college and/or career readiness for all students by preparing them for future employment and successful transition into adult life.
Summer and Part Time Job Development: To introduce students to the world of work through education, job-related skills, and work experience. Skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, goal setting, leadership, and decision making will be emphasized.
Substance Abuse Education and Counseling: To assist in the prevention of the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD), and improve decision making skills by educating students and families; and the reduction of ATOD use through coordination of counseling services and education.
Family Crisis and Mental Health Counseling: To increase self-management and coping strategies by assisting students and families with mental health needs and/or other crises through the identification and coordination of services.