You can get information about resources for young people, troubled youth, and their families.

The City provides drop-in centers in every borough to provide services to runaway, homeless, and troubled youth under the age of 21 as well as their families. 

You can get referrals to:

  • Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Health treatment
  • Mental health treatment
  • Substance abuse treatment

  • Agency: Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Division: Youth Connect
  • Phone Number: (800) 246-4646
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

The City's Youth Connect hotline provides confidential and anonymous telephone assistance for all New Yorkers, particularly young people, their families, and service providers. Youth Connect can also provide referrals.

It provides information on topics such as: 

  • After-school programs 
  • Delinquency prevention and youth intervention programs 
  • Employment 
  • Recreation
  • Literacy / English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Immigrant Services

Youth Connect also offers crisis intervention for runaway and homeless youth.

Online

Learn about Youth Connect.

By Phone

  • Agency: Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Division: Youth Connect
  • Phone Number: (800) 246-4646
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

The City provides assistance and support for teens online at the NYC Teen website.

At this website, you can find information on many subjects including:

  • Bullying
  • Dealing with stress and depression
  • Dating violence 
  • Jobs, internships, and college preparation
  • Health issues and health care
  • Eating disorders

In the site's "Real Talk Videos," teens give advice to their peers about their own experiences with depression, peer pressure, risky behavior, dating violence, and other relevant topics.

Visit the NYC Teen Health website.