Education & Program Center
15 Smalley Terrace, Irvington, NJ 07111
At IFS, we pursue our mission “to create the pathways for success for at-risk and troubled youth and their families through innovative programs and services in urban New Jersey” by rejoicing in the accomplishments of the one and focusing on the success of the many.
In all that we do, we make sure that, as our youth and families grow, they will receive the support to stand alone, strengthened by the knowledge that they are never by themselves.
Every year at IFS, we help hundreds of children and youth, from birth to 21 years old, many of whom are involved in the child welfare, justice and welfare systems.
At the IFS Education & Program Center in Irvington, our clientele is made up of young people who are largely from single-parent households and are in foster care or residential programs. A typical youth at our Education & Program Center is an African-American teen who has not attended regular high school classes for more than two years. These young people are experiencing or at substantial risk of dealing with abuse, neglect or other mental health issues; school failure; involvement or placement with the juvenile justice system; out-of-home placement; unemployment or underemployment status, and critical judgment errors.
Under the integrated services model used at IFS, one family worker, armed with our extensive background in behavioral health issues, provides a comprehensive array of services to a young client, that includes the following: