What is SBYSP?


    The School Based Youth Services Program is a comprehensive youth service program for high school students and their families. The Student Center offers “one stop shopping” for teens. Services include:


    • Mental Health — individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, conflict mediation, appropriate referrals;
    • Health Services — health education, teen mother/father groups, parenting seminars, referrals;
    • Substance Abuse — education and prevention, individual and group counseling, screening and assessment, referrals;
    • Education Assistance — individual/family counseling, coordinated efforts with Guidance Dept., advocacy, referrals;
    • Recreation Activities — Teen Center open 4 evenings a week, scheduled trips, outdoor activities, arts & crafts;
    • Crisis Intervention — crisis response, individual/family counseling, referrals to medical facility, police, state, and/or county agencies, student advocacy


    Who can drop in?

    All high school students are welcome. You will need to present your student ID and sign in and out. Parental consent is required for all services. Consent form is available at Student Center and must have a parent/guardian signature.

    Parents and school district staff are always welcome to visit.

    When and where can I drop in?

    The Student Center is located in Room 124 at BHS and is open Monday-Friday during school hours, as well as Tuesday-Thursday 3-5pm as a place to “drop in” and for arts & crafts.

    The Teen Center is located at the BFCC on Avenue E and 22nd Street on Wednesday and Thursday (7-9pm) and on Friday and Saturday (6-9pm).

    What is the Teen Center?

    The Teen Center is an off campus extension of the Student Center and provides recreational activities for students including open gym, ping-pong, lounge area with big screen TV, theater arts, video games, and organized sports clinics. Counseling is available. 

    How much does it cost?

    Nothing! Basic services are provided free of charge to teens and their families.

    Who do I see when I drop in?

    The Student Center and the Teen Center are staffed by a team of certified counselors who have expertise in working with teens and their families.

    Why should I drop in?

    If you are having difficulty or if you are worried about a friend, it is often helpful to talk about your concerns with a counselor. We help students deal with problems by listening, making issues clearer, and by offering support and assistance.

    Will what I say be confidential?

    Of course! The SBYSP staff will not disclose information to anyone without the consent of the person who gave it, except in life threatening situations.

    Patty Smith - Manager, Counselor
    Maura Cangiano - LPC, Counselor
    Christy Glock - Counselor
    Walter Lamberti - LSW
    For more info:
    Call (201) 858-5925
    BHS Student Center 
    669 Ave A
    Bayonne, NJ 07002 

    Funded by:

    Division of Child Protection and Permanency

    Division of Prevention and Community Partnerships