What We Do
Esperanza began working with youth in 2002 as part of the City’s efforts to reduce the number of young people placed outside of their homes on delinquency cases in Family Court. We have since expanded to serving young people who are prosecuted as adults in Supreme/Criminal Court.
Esperanza’s approach is designed to enhance families’ strengths and encourage communication among young people and their caregivers. We believe every young person is unique and we personalize our services for each individual participant. We strive to help young people learn to make better decisions, as well as to utilize the support and guidance of positive adults, as their own capacity for decision making develops. Esperanza’s services are designed to support caregivers to monitor and guide their children more effectively.
The services we provide include the following:
- Up to 6 months of individual and family therapy for each young person, as well as for their caregiver(s) and other family members;
- Assessment, case management, and crisis intervention;
- Assistance to caregivers to develop and implement a comprehensive behavior management plan;
- Educational and vocational planning with our young people;
- Coordination with the schools and community-based organizations our young people attend;
- Curfew monitoring;
- Responding to crises as they arise - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;
- Services that are tailored to the unique needs of each young person and his or her caregiver(s).
Frequently Asked Questions
From family courts, youth may receive Esperanza services as part of their disposition (sentence); from adult courts, youth may enter the program at various points, such as at the time of a plea bargain, during a term of probation for the purpose of avoiding a violation, or even during the pendency of a case. As soon as a young person is enrolled into Esperanza, home-based services begin within twenty-four to forty-eight hours.
Esperanza is a short-term intensive intervention. The program lasts four to six months and is generally followed by a continuing period of probation.
Esperanza provides home-based counseling. Esperanza’s counselor will travel to the family’s home and sessions will take place there. The counseling sessions occur on days and during times that are convenient for the parent/caregivers of our clients. There are a required number of sessions per week, but the sessions will be based on the family’s schedule.
Esperanza’s clients attend schools within the NYC community. Esperanza does not operate a school. However, we have an Educational Specialist who works with our counselors and our clients to identify an appropriate school and to arrange for additional services, such as tutoring, when necessary.
Esperanza provides individual counseling with the youth; individual counseling with the parent/caregiver; and family counseling with the youth, parent/caregiver, and other involved family members.
If enrolled though family court, your child will be required to meet with a Probation Officer. If enrolled through adult court, your child may be required to meet with a Probation Officer during or after their participation in Esperanza, depending on their ultimate sentence.