From our initial research and conversations with educators, we realize that there is minimal knowledge in the community on youth caregivers. As part of our youth caregiver initiatives we want to fill this void and increase awareness for these students by educating healthcare providers, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers and other professionals on the challenge of youth caring.
Based out of PS 83, the SHARKS program has been dedicated to providing youth caregivers with education, support and respite services. Within a peer to peer environment student have an opportunity to step away from the responsibility of being a caregiver and enjoy being a kid again.
Youth Caregiver Story Collection
Do you know a youth caregiver who would be interested in sharing their story. We will be collecting all stories until September 2020, when we will choose who to nominate for the Leon David Simmons Caregiver Award.
Starting in 2019, C.O.M.E., Inc. will be conducting research on the topic of youth care-giving in NYC. We will be partnering
with local schools and facilities to study in-depth the effects of youth care-giving in our local neighborhoods. More information will be made public at a later date.