Young people are increasingly being placed in crisis and their families are struggling, as their care is increasingly curtailed and they’re increasingly feeling like they don’t have a place to turn, according to a youth advocate.
The YMca program, which is overseen by the National Youth Council, has been under fire in recent months for its “toxic” culture, including its policies against mental health, violence, and drug use.
Its leaders, in interviews and court testimony, have defended the program as a way to help troubled youth, including those with mental illness and substance abuse.
But advocacy groups have said the program is not providing the support they need, and has also been accused of targeting the most vulnerable youth in the community.
Youth advocates and state officials say the program has been the subject of widespread scrutiny, and that it is being used to target vulnerable youth.
They say that while the program was intended to provide a safe place for kids to express themselves, many have found it too violent and has caused unnecessary trauma to young people, including many who have mental health problems.
“We know we’re going to end up at a place where people are going to be more afraid of us and will go away,” said Tessa Smith, an advocate for the National Council on Mental Illness.
In court testimony last week, the National Center for Juvenile and Family Justice and the Center for Youth Justice testified about the program’s “toxicity,” with one expert testifying that the program had “been in operation for over 40 years, and in all that time it’s had no serious impacts.”
“I don’t know what we’re doing,” she said.
“This is the end.
It’s the beginning.
It is the beginning of the end,” said James Toth, a spokesman for the Juvenile Law Center.
He added that it’s “not the place to go to in this country.”
“It’s not a place that we want to be in.”
The program is designed to help young people who may be vulnerable, but who have been neglected by parents or guardians, the program administrator told the judge in her March 2017 sentencing hearing.
The programs program also has been criticized for its poor results.
“In the absence of any kind of intervention, the vast majority of the youth who are placed in this program are left to the mercy of their own actions and are unable to learn how to behave in a way that is consistent with their needs,” wrote the Youth Counselor, a program that provides services to people with developmental disabilities, in a court filing.
According to court testimony in February, some young people have experienced violence, harassment, and assault.
One youth was sexually assaulted and beaten in a classroom, and another said he was physically threatened while in the program.
And while there is a program for children in the state of Florida, the YCJA and the Florida Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation have filed a lawsuit against it in federal court, arguing that it violates the First Amendment.
The National Center on Sexual Exploit Syndrome and Abuse said that the Youth Shelter, the facility in Jacksonville where the YMCJA is based, is a “systemic failure” that was a “travesty” and a “disgrace.”
It is one of two shelters operated by the YYCA, the other being in South Florida.
The coalition says it has a “high-profile” advocate in the Y, including a former federal prosecutor and a former State Attorney General who has defended the Y program.YMCA President and CEO Mark Miller has said that he is “deeply troubled” by what happened to the young people.
He has been in contact with the Attorney General’s office, and Miller has spoken with state Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“I’ve been through many tragedies.
I know what it’s like to lose a child,” he said in a March 10 statement.
“We are a very caring organization and have been for many years, but we have to do better and we have done better.”
Miller’s organization is not the only organization to face scrutiny over the program and its management.
Last week, it was revealed that a Florida teen was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his mother and killing his girlfriend.
The 17-year-old boy also killed himself, but investigators said they did not believe the teen acted alone.
The teenager was arrested and charged with murder in February after his mother found his body in her garage.
In his sentencing hearing, Assistant State Attorney Chris Johnson testified that the teen had been a victim of abuse at the hands of his mother, and said that there was a history of abuse in the family.
“The victim is not a person who is violent or mentally ill, but she was victimized,” he told the court.
Johnson added that the youth was a good student and had attended college.
The case has not been ruled on