Each year, more than 120 youth from all ethnic, cultural, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds are admitted to CBR YouthConnect. Between the ages of 10 and 21, CBRYC youth are often the victims of severe physical, emotional and sexual abuse, compounded by medical and psychiatric problems. Many come from broken, dysfunctional homes, or feel isolated and unaccepted in their homes, schools and communities. Others have even drifted into trouble with the law. Sometimes, despite a caring and loving environment provided by the parent, a youth just cannot gain enough control behave appropriately. By the time youth reach CBRYC, they typically have failed to be helped by several other out-of-home treatment programs, from foster care homes to psychiatric hospitals, and are at-risk for continued multiple placements. For many of our youth, CBRYC is a place of last resort.
Yet, despite their pain and hardships, these boys are remarkably talented and resilient. All but a small percentage of them are able to turn their lives around at CBRYC and avoid delinquency, becoming hopeful and productive citizens.