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Mgbede, pronounced “mmm-bway-day,” is from an Ibo word for “rites of passage.”  It was chosen to capture the program’s goal of helping young people and their families.  In Mgbede, clients are not defined by their problems or labels, but rather by their natural skills and talents. This strength-based approach encourages positive, rather than negative, behaviors leading to more successful outcomes.

A typical IFS Mgbede client is in their mid-teens and may suffer from fear of abandonment or actual parental rejection. These fears often lead to homelessness, gang affiliation, poor emotional control, extreme challenging of authority, failure in school or school expulsion.

The menu of Mgbede services includes the following:

  • Case management: We provide the traditional services of assessment,  information, and referral. In addition, we also offer reality-based counseling, which helps the clients see their daily difficulties as opportunities for life lessons and coping skills.

  • Individual, group, and family therapy: As needed, we provide more extensive therapeutic support and positive youth development services.

  • 24-hour crisis intervention: Clients may call for help with emergencies.

  • Mentoring: Community members provide one-on-one emotional support and positive youth development services.

  • Home visits and community outreach: Visits by our family workers provide support and behavioral coaching in our clients’ homes, schools and other settings.

  • Life skills training for young people aging out of out-of-home placement: We teach life skills to help encourge the confidence and independence needed to become a healthy and productive citizen in the community.

  • Communication with referral agencies and other service providers: We remain in touch with referral agencies and other service providers involved with our clients regarding important matters such as discharge planning and referrals.

  • Aftercare support: Children who graduate or leave Mgbede are provided support by family workers for up to six months.

“One once said that saying goodbye can be one of  the most traumatic experiences one can go through, but I’m proud to say goodbye. Not only am I proud, I’m also excited too. Through my years of  error and success, I have learned that there is not one height I can’t fly to, there are no limits to where my drive can take me and the only thing I will regret is not doing it safely. I’m a man now, and thanks to IFS I can stand on this land, ground, or whatever you may call it and look into the sky and see light shining on me because I am that proud man.” — Traivon Thompson-Rios

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132 South Harrison Street
East Orange, NJ 07018
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