Youth Development Team

The Youth Development (YD) Team of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School is comprised of two Deans and three mentors who all manage programs that focus on the social, emotional, wellness, advocacy, college preparedness, work readiness, and motivational support of every student within the school. 

The Youth Development team focuses on meeting the students where they are and guiding them through a process of self and social transformation. All members of the Youth Development team have educational and professional experience in providing culturally relevant and social/emotional services to help support students in overcoming barriers and preparing them to see themselves as agents of change.

The YD team utilizes Healing Centered Engagement and Trauma Informed work so that PACHS offers an important departure from only viewing young people through the lens of harm and focuses on asset driven strategies that highlight possibilities for well-being. An asset driven strategy acknowledges that young people are much more than the worst thing that happened to them, and builds upon their experiences, knowledge, skills and curiosity as positive traits to be enhanced.

Programs offered by the Youth Development Team:

  1. Compass Counseling
  2. Family Learning Center (FLC)
  3. Youth Experiencing Success (YES)
  4. Youth Scholars, Skills, Service (YS3)
  5. Re-enrolled Student Project (RSP)
  6. Community Youth Employment Program (CYEP)
  7. 21st Century – Instituto Abayarde After School Programming