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JFCS Youth Services

Supporting youth and young adults to achieve their goals and secure a strong future.

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We provide support to youth and young adults in the community, including therapy, brief support, peer mentoring, support groups, career services and educational enrichment. In addition to supporting youth, our team provides parents and teachers information, resources, counseling, and other services to address everyday challenges.

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There are so many challenges to deal with in high school and college - relationship issues, bullying, family dynamic, stress and anxiety. That's were UpStreet Pittsburgh comes in. You don't need to wait until you feel worse and you don't need to schedule appointment, just hop online and chat with one of our mental health counselors. It is free and easy.

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We're on the lookout for passionate and talented individuals to join our team. Explore opportunities with us today.

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Build the skills and resilience needed to navigate challenges and thrive! UpStreet Pittsburgh is our counseling services designed for young adults (ages 12-22) to get immediate help from a therapist or counselor. You can talk about whatever is on your mind, and you don’t have to worry about payment, scheduling an appointment or committing to a long-term therapy relationship.

Brief support is available online at UpStreetpgh.org and in-person at JFCS Youth Services (5844 Forward Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217). Our team of licensed therapists and counselors are trained to help teens with a variety of issues, including: anxiety, depression, stress, coping with loss, relationships and bullying.

Get the support you need – when you need it! Get started at UpStreetpgh.org or visit us at 5844 Forward Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Looking for more information about JFCS Youth Services? Contact us today!

Erin Barr, LCSW | Director
JFCS Youth Services | 412-863-2779 | ebarr@jfcspgh.org

Work through ongoing challenges and stressors in your life. Sometimes issues and feelings don’t resolve on their own. That is where our experienced therapists can help. We provide 1-on-1 counseling to help young adults navigate depression, anxiety, self-image or self-worth, relationship problems, family stress, anger management, grief and loss, and parenting issues, including single parent and blended families, and other challenges.

Schedule an appointment with JFCS Youth Services:

Erin Barr, LCSW | Director
JFCS Youth Services | 412-863-2779 | ebarr@jfcspgh.org

Connect with a *trained* peer mentors for support, advice, and guidance. The mentors are teens themselves and can provide a safe and non-judgmental space for teens to talk about what they’re going through.

UpStreet Pittsburgh Peer Mentoring is a free and confidential service, and it is a great way for teens to get the support they need. The mentors are available through text, and they can help teens with a variety of challenges. The mentors are also able to help teens find resources and support, and they can connect them with professional help if needed.

Get started by signing up here!

Looking for more information about JFCS Youth Services? Contact us today!

Erin Barr, LCSW | Director
JFCS Youth Services | 412-863-2779 | ebarr@jfcspgh.org

Bridge Builders is an after-school mentoring and enrichment program for resettled refugees (ages 5-21) that meets in-person and virtually!

The program focuses on English language immersion, social-emotional learning, and cultural exchange, helping participants build important skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. Through team-building activities, workshops, and mentorship, youth are able to develop strong relationships and build a sense of community.

Kids and their families enrolled in level 1 also received cultural orientation to navigate the education system. Participants also have opportunities to learn about and appreciate different cultures and perspectives, broadening their horizons and building empathy and understanding.


Looking for more information about JFCS Youth Services? Contact us today!

Erin Barr, LCSW | Director
JFCS Youth Services | 412-863-2779 | ebarr@jfcspgh.org

412Futures works with local refugee and immigrant high school students to develop career and job readiness skills, and opportunity to explore post-secondary education options and vocational opportunities.

Our counselors address language and cultural barriers to help refugee and immigrant young adults succeed in higher education and future employment. The curriculum includes sessions in developing resumes, filling out job applications and applying for financial aid, as well as field trips to colleges, trade schools and local employers.

(Funders: Partner4Work and the Birmingham Foundation)


Summer Employment:

Learn and Earn annually places and supervises more than 50 high school students in internships at a variety of local employers from both the private and non-profit sectors. This program gives young adults their first exposure to the responsibilities of holding a job, and allows them to explore various careers. The students are also paid through the program and receive career guidance from our career counseling staff.

(Funder: Partner4Work)


Looking for more information about JFCS Youth Services? Contact us today!

Erin Barr, LCSW | Director
JFCS Youth Services | 412-863-2779 | ebarr@jfcspgh.org

What to expect at JFCS Youth Services?

Our doors are open from 12-4:30, Monday-Friday. Stop in, grab a snack or a seat. Our team of counselors are available to talk or give you space to reflect on your day.

Allderdice High School Student

I stopped into JFCS Youth Services a few times with my friends before I felt ready to talk with a counselor. There was no pressure and they were available when I was ready.

Get Involved

Volunteering at JFCS is a great way to meet new people, help others, and make a difference in your community! JFCS Youth Services is looking for caring community members to join our mentor team. Learn more about volunteer opportunities and get signed up today.

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JFCS Youth Services

Drop-in Hours

  • Monday-Friday | 12-4:30pm

5844, Forward Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15217, United States


Brief Support

  • Monday-Friday | 10am - 8:00pm
  • Saturday - Sunday | 2pm -10:00pm

5844 Forward Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, USA

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