MaineStay Youth & Family Services

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MaineStay Youth & Family Services is an award-winning department that has been serving the mental health needs of our community for nearly 50 years. Our mission is to support the growth of healthier families in the Maine Township community by providing affordable strength-based counseling and comprehensive programs focused on prevention and education. Since our founding in 1975, we have worked diligently to ensure that all Maine Township residents have access to treatment because lack of financial resources should not be a barrier to accessing mental health services. All our programs are either free or low-cost and no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Most of our programs, including counseling, are available only to those who live in Maine Township or attend a Maine Township school.

Full Program Schedule and Online Registration

Spring Programs

Art in the Town – January 22 | 4-4:50 pm (ages 6-8) | 5-6 pm (ages 9-12) | 12-weeks | free
This program helps participants enhance their artistic abilities while increasing confidence and social skills.

Tutoring – January 24 | 4-7 pm (1-hour sessions) | 10 weeks | grades 1-6 | $50
Using a small-group format, our experienced tutors, who are also certified teachers, work with students to improve academic skills and self-confidence.

Workshop Improv Theatre – January 24 | 5-6 pm | 8 weeks | ages 8-13 | free

This program focuses on confidence building and expressiveness, as participants step outside their comfort zone and learn skills such as listening, public speaking, problem solving, and teamwork.

Cooking Class – February 1 | 4:30-6 pm | 5 weeks | ages 8-17 | $12/week
This class, taught by an experienced chef, teaches different cooking techniques, knife safety, and culinary concepts, designed to encourage healthier lifestyle choices.

Anxiety Coping Skills Group – February 5 | 5-5:50 pm | 10 weeks | grades 3-8 | $40
This group helps participants learn effective ways to deal with stress and anxiety and emphasizes putting these skills into practice in real-life situations.

YAM Squad: Youth Anger Management Group – March 5 | 6-6:50 pm | 10 weeks | grades 3-5 | $40
This group teaches practical skills on how to deal with anger and frustration in a heathy manner.

*NEW* Shifting Sands: Sandtray Therapy Group for Youth with Behavioral Challenges at School – February 26 | 6-6:50 pm | 10 weeks | grades 6-8 | $20
This group aims to provide a safe, supportive, and engaging environment for youth facing behavioral challenges at school.

Self-Esteem Building Group – February 26 | 4-4:45 pm | 10 weeks | grades 2-5 | free
This group helps students learn more about themselves, discover their strengths, and increase their self-efficacy through art, games, and empowering stories.

Inside Out Explorers: Emotion Regulation Group – February 28 | 5-5:45 pm | 10 weeks | grades K-1 and grades 2-3 | free
This group provides a safe and supportive environment for children to explore their emotions, improve emotional intelligence, and learn healthy coping skills.

Adult Anger Management Group March 21 | 6-7 pm | ages 19+ | $40
This group helps participants better understand and gain control over anger and make positive behavior changes to manage it effectively.

Kids Spring Fest – March 27 | 1-4 pm | ages 6-12 | free
This event will feature fun, spring-themed activities where kids can try something different and make new friends during their spring break.

Pride Program – 1st and 3rd Thursdays | 6-7 pm | ages 13-17 | free
This program provides a safe environment for young people who identify as LGBTQ+, who are questioning their affectional orientation or gender identity, or who are allies.

Mentoring – every other Tuesday | 6-7:30 pm | ages 8-12 | free
Our award-winning Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program meets in a structured group setting and helps children enhance their social skills, confidence, and academic success.

MaineStay offers high-quality, compassionate counseling services for the whole family both in person and via telehealth. Our family therapists use a respectful, strength-based counseling approach designed to assist you in meeting your goals as quickly as possible. We work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Services are available at a reduced cost using a sliding fee scale.

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