Youth Caregivers Initiative

There are over 1.4 million youth caregivers from age 8-18 in the U.S. This “Hidden Population” suffers from a systemic lack of support from their schools and communities which can have dire consequences for a youth’s ability to succeed. In 2015, after multiple encounters with youth caregivers, the Board of Directors of Caregivers Outreach Mentorship Empowerment (COME) decided to expand beyond its dynamic work with adult family caregivers and establish the Youth Caregivers Initiative (YCI). Prior to that time, there was only one other organization  in the U.S. solely dedicated to providing support to youth caregivers, the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY).

YCI History/Purpose


The Youth Caregiver Initiative focuses it’s work in three Programmatic areas with a goal of making substantive and far reaching impact in the Youth Caregiving Landscape:  

  1. The SHARKS Program- Direct Student Services

  2. Advocacy/Education

    • Our 2019-2020 legislative agenda will be available Spring 2020.

    • Want to host a Youth Caregiver Training at your school or business? Contact Us

  3. Research and Coalition Building

        COME would like to partner with schools to create conditions where school engage youth caregivers with         

       programming that support their health and well-being. We also want to partner with and educate healthcare

       professionals and provide resources and tools to better service youth caregivers. To do this, COME needs to have

       data to both substantiate the need and develop resources for the population. 


       Our 2020 Research Agenda include:

  • Assessing the need for youth caregivers support in the NYC Public schools. 

  • Assessing the effect of caring on a youth’s psychological, physical, emotion, social and academic status.


     Our 2020 Coalition Building Targets include: 

  • Partnering with NYC public schools to increase the awareness of the needs of youth caregivers and providing Youth Caregivers with support services that will have a positive effect on their physical, psychological, social and academic wellbeing.  

  • Partnering with healthcare organization to educate the professional staff on how to recognize youth caregivers and provide resources in support of youth caregivers

  • Creating a community in both the education and healthcare space to advocate for policy, regulations and legislations in support of family caregivers.  

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Mentorship Empowerment, Inc.


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