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The Youth Support Center (YSC) is a community-based after-school Intensive Outpatient Program. This program utilizes various therapies and activities to prevent problems that result in the removal of teens from their homes. YSC also helps youth transition back into their homes and community following a stay in residential care, foster care or the juvenile justice system. On a judicial level, our focus is to reduce the number of low-level offender youth in Kentuckys jails, lock-ups and secured detention facilities.

The majority of youth attending the program are referred by the Laurel County Court System, as well as by the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Community Based Services, the Laurel County school system and the Impact Plus Coordinators. The average stay is 30 days for court-ordered youth and three to six months for all other referring agencies.

The Youth Support Center staff, working in conjunction with the referring agency/court, helps each youth to achieve his/her predefined goal through the use of intensive interventions designed to facilitate each youth in learning new skills and behaviors to maintain the least restrictive setting. Due to family, community and personal stressors, each youth is at a high risk for a wide range of social problems such as: poverty, unemployment, limited education, teen pregnancy and substance abuse. Upon admission, each youth receives an assessment and Individual Treatment Plan (ITP). During their stay, each youth works toward goals as set in their ITP and are evaluated weekly to determine progress.

Daily services include:

  • Individual and family counseling as needed or requested by referring agency/court
  • Psycho-educational groups
  • Non-medical alcohol and drug abuse counseling
  • Anger management
  • Therapeutic recreational activity
  • Independent living skills
  • Experiential therapy
  • Nutritional meal

The youth arrive at YSC after school and remain at the program until 7 p.m. They participate in one of the groups listed above and then receive a nutritious meal served at the Bennett Center cafeteria. After the meal, clients are expected to join in the daily therapeutic activity. Transportation home is provided in the evening unless otherwise determined at intake.

Staff continue to evaluate and offer assistance to each youth after they complete the program. The staff also tracks individual rates of progress, outcomes and recidivism.

Through this innovative program, a difference is made in the lives of over 150 youth each year.
We invite you to take a tour of our Youth Support Center.

Youth Support Center
60 Bennett Circle
London, KY 40741
(606) 862-9132
FAX (606) 862-9334


Sunrise Children’s Services is committed to helping children who are suffering, and we strive to be proactive in our communities by offering solutions to the real-world problems that put young people at risk. One such problem is the abuse of drugs and alcohol that continues to be a blight on many communities and a leading factor in child abuse and neglect. 

In London and Laurel County, Sunrise has partnered with community leaders and citizens to form the RISE Above Drugs Coalition. The group combines law enforcement, schools, churches, businesses and other government and civic leaders to reduce the negative impact drugs and alcohol has on the community. 

Because of Laurel County’s geographic location and proximity to I-75, it has become of a hub of drug trafficking. From marijuana to meth, and from prescription drugs to heroin, all have wreaked havoc on individuals, families and the community at large. 

It’s a good community, full of good people who desire to make it an even better place to live, work and raise their families. By banding together, they are taking a stand to address a real danger in their city and county and Sunrise is committed to helping them every step of the way. 

To learn more about the RISE Coalition, click here.


Weather Class
Alan Holt of Sunrise's IT Department, traveled to YSC to conduct classes on severe weather. Holt, a certified severe weather spotter, shared his expertise and an informative presentation about lightning, tornadoes and severe storms that can frequent Kentucky. The young people are now better informed about storm safety as well as how to spot severe weather approaching.

Child Abuse Prevention Month
The staff of the Youth Support Center in London attended the 2nd Annual Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Candlelight Vigil in London on April 25, and also helped prepare a booth for the event.

Chad's Hope Shares Stories
Chad's Hope, a Manchester ministry for men suffering with addiction, visited the Youth Support Center in London last month to share some testimonies. The ministry is a residential program whose mission is to provide hope for people trapped in addiction. During the visit, three participants shared their stories with the young people at YSC, provided musical encouragement and spent time talking to the teens. The group was led by Carl Varney, a past participant with Chad's Hope who now works for Operation UNITE, a drug awareness organization in southeastern Kentucky.