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Youth Services


Mailing Address 1177 Red Mile Place
Lexington, KY 40504
Phone (859) 246-4370
Fax Fax (859) 231-1213

Director:  Stephanie Hong


The Division of Youth Services provides specialized casework services to families who are experiencing disruptions and strives to improve home, school, and community life. Services offered are designed to strengthen family life, prevent family breakdown, and facilitate the development and social functioning of young people.

Families who are residents of Fayette County with children under 18 years of age are eligible for services. The family may request services or they may be ordered by the court. Families who request services must be willing to participate during all phases of service delivery. There are no fees for services provided.

DYS Annual Report FY 2013

Lexington Day Treatment Center
1177 Red Mile Place
(859) 246-4370 or (859) 246-4371
Fax: (859) 231-1213

Lexington Day Treatment Center is a treatment center and non-traditional school all in one.  Our mission is to provide our clients with the behavior, academic, and social skills needed to successfully transition back to their home schools and graduate, while remaining in the community and without additional court involvement.  In order to qualify for participation, youth must be between the ages of 12-17 and residents of Fayette County.  In addition, they are required to be court-ordered to Lexington Day Treatment Center, committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice or committed to the Department of Community Based Services.

 Day Treatment Center

Lexington Day Treatment Center is a collaborative program between LFUCG, Fayette County Public Schools, and the Department of Juvenile Justice. We provide individual and group counseling, an academic program with credit recovery opportunities, on-going team meetings with parents and collaborative partners, and transition/follow-up services. 

A completed application along with a copy of the court order or commitment must be submitted before youth are interviewed and assessed to begin the program.  For more information, please call (859) 246-4370.

Link to Lexington Day Treatment Center Application

1155 Red Mile Place
(859) 246-4313
Fax: (859) 246-4346

The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lexington provides court appointed, trained, volunteer advocates to speak for children who through court action have been deemed abused and/or neglected. CASA volunteers act as another set of eyes and ears for the Judge. CASA works in cooperation with other agencies, monitors compliance with court orders, investigates and submits independent reports to the court with recommendations in the “best interest” of the child. For further information regarding CASA of Lexington or how to become a CASA volunteer please call 246-4313.

Juvenile Probation & Court Services
1155 Red Mile Place
(859) 246-4300
Fax: (859) 246-4346

The Division of Youth Services (DYS) Juvenile Probation & Court Services was created pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statue 605.050 with duties and responsibilities defined in subsequent statues.  DYS Juvenile Probation & Court Servcies provides a variety of community based support services to assist the Courts and Juvenile Justice system in delivering the highest quality of supervision for Fayette County youth. DYS Probation officers are sworn peace officers with years of education and experience.  Probation conducts investigations and prepares pre-dispositional reports as ordered by the Fayette County District Court. Services include monitoring and supervising youth placed on probation by the Court, development and implementation of individualized treatment plans, drug screening, curfew monitoring and referral to community resources based on youth or family needs.

Juvenile Probation & Court Services also provides a home detention program to monitor youth in the community that the Court determines do not require secure detention.  Officers monitor compliance with the home detention contract, school attendance, behavior, and specific Court orders through regular random contacts.  This includes collaboration with the LFUCG Police Department to conduct after hours home contacts through our Juvenile Surveillance Program. 

Juvenile Probation & Court Services develops and facilitates life skills educational programs and contracts with community resources to provide therapeutic services to address the competency and accountability of our youth. 

Additionally, Juvenile Probation & Court Services provides a Suspension Alternative Program (SAP) for Court involved youth that have been suspended from school.  This program provides supervision, educational services, life skills, and community service opportunities for youth as an alternative to formal court action or detention.  Probation has access to  the web-based curriculum, PLATO, and can provide clients an additional opportunity to earn their high school credits or improve their academic performance.

DYS Probation & Court Services monitors youth ordered to perform community service.  Probation provides a list of available community organizations and screen the youth to ensure a positive experience for the youth and the community organization.  For further information regarding Juvenile Probation and Court Services call 246-4300.

Student Intern Opportunities

Juvenile Probation & Court Services offers unpaid internship and practicum placement opportunities throughout the year.  If you are an undergraduate student studying Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Sociology or a related human service major, Juvenile Probation & Court Services offers the opportunity for students to gain experience and learn on the job skills.

To apply for an undergraduate student internship or practicum placement, click here for the application.  Students must also submit to a criminal background check. 

Please send completed applications to Linda Taylor at or Matthew Crutcher  If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Linda or Matthew at (859) 246-4300.    


Youth Development Center 
101 East Vine Street, Suite 150
(859) 246-4300
Fax: (859) 246-4355

The Division of Youth Services, Youth Development Center team of Social Workers, Program Aides and a Eligibility Counselor, offer community outreach and education programs at multiple locations in Fayette County.  Services are provided to youth under the age of 18 who are navigating their adolescent years. 

Our goal is to assist youth in reaching their highest potential.  We do this by providing youth and their families with case management services, youth summer employment, homework assistance, community events, field trips, community resources, education and awareness, as well as offer positive opportunities for youth.

Case Management 

Services are rendered by a social worker to parents who have youth under the age of 18 who are experiencing difficulties in their adolescent years (running away, beyond control, missing school, substance abuse etc…). Youth do not have to be in the court system to receive services through The Division of Youth Services (DYS).

Youth Employment Enhance Program (YEP)

Youth Employment Enhance Program is a 10 week work readiness program that prepares youth for the world of work through workshops and internships. The participants meet for two hours once a week. Youth learn about careers; ACT prep, Individual learning plans; how to complete job applications; interview skills etc… youth will participate in 4 hours of volunteer work in a professional business; complete a group community service project and learn leadership skills. Participants must be ages 14 – 17 to participate. Upon successful completion of the program participants are entered into the summer youth employment program for 6-weeks of paid employment. This program will be offered August through April each calendar year.

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides paid employment opportunities to youth between the ages o0f 14 and 17, for six weeks during the summer. Youth must apply online (job openings) for “Summer Youth Worker” job during the month of February and bring the following documents (birth certificate, social security card, picture ID, family income) before February 28. Youth are placed in various businesses and organizations across the city. The intention of this program is to provide youth with a real and meaningful work experience in which they receive as much training and responsibility as is feasible for the particular business they are assigned to. (Work readiness workshops, job shadowing, and mentorship)

For more information on this program and how to apply go to the Summer Youth Employment Program page. and view the SYEP Informational flyer.

If you represent a business or organisation and are interested in being an employer in the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program, please complete the Employer Application Form and return it by mail, fax, or email to Mattie Morton,

Coleman House Project

The Coleman House Project serves teens and their families by providing substance abuse treatment and mental health services. This is accomplished through a collaborative effort involving the three community agencies: The Lexington Fayette Urban County Government – Division of Youth Services; Bluegrass Regional MH/MR - Teen POP and the Center for Women, children and Families -The Nest. The 12 week program offers A Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) Assessment (a standardized bio-psycho-social assessment designed to help clinicians gather information for diagnosis, and treatment planning); the Seven Challenges; individual, group and family counseling; family nurturing program; workshops and other activities.

Path to Success

This program serves out of school youth ages 16 through 18 residing in Fayette County. Youth are provided with GED testing preparation, work readiness and leadership skills, 5- week paid work experience, and much more. Youth can earn up to $1,500 in incentives and we pay for the GED test. The program aims to prepare each individual so that on leaving the program they have attained their goals and is ready to enter the workforce or go on to higher education.

Link to "Path to Success" flyer

Gainesway Community Center
3460 Milano Road Lexington, KY 40517 (located off Centre Parkway)
Phone: 859-971-3068 / Fax: 859-971-3068

The center offers afterschool programs for the residents of the Gainesway and surrounding neighborhoods. The center is open Monday through Friday 3:00 - 7:00 pm; no school days 10:00 – 4:00 and closed on the holidays. Activities include: a computer lab; summer, spring break and winter camp; a community garden (free food for residents); karate classes; workshops, arts and crafts, field trips and much more.

The goal of the youth development team is to assist youth in reaching their highest potential. We do this by offering positive opportunities and programs for youth. These programs are offered free of charge to participants.

Homework Huddle

Offers after school homework assistance for students 1st through 12th grade.  Program meets Monday through Friday, 3 pm - 7 pm and enrolls twice a year in January and August.  Other youth services and activities include:  a computer lab, summer camp, a community garden, and karate lessons.

Community Outreach

The Division of Youth Services partners with organizations across Lexington to bring services and outreach activities to the community.  Services include:  providing the elderly with commodities (with God's Food Pantry), Christmas toy drives, Spotlight on Youth events (with Lyric Theatre) and Youth Achievers (through Imani Baptist Church).

Student/Volunteer Opportunities

The Division of Youth and Family Services welcomes applications from students or other interested members of the community. Download the volunteer application here

Please send completed applications to

Last updated: 11/16/2015 10:19:43 AM