Youth Advocate

The Dartmouth Youth Commission

The youth commission began in 1968, as a collective response for the community to the growing needs of the town’s youth.  The Youth Commission board is comprised of Dartmouth residents who set policy, and guide the work of Youth Advocate, Jennifer Cabral, LMHC.

The Dartmouth Youth Advocate

The Youth Advocate is governed by the Youth Commission board and works directly with the youth and their family who are in need of support around issues that affect them and their family. 

These issues can include but not limited to: bullying, social media, self-esteem, self-harm, depression, suicide, anxiety and substance use/abuse.  Also, included is school related issues, family conflict, housing, homelessness and financial hardships.  The Youth Advocate meets privately with the youth and their family to determine the needs and work together to come up with a plan as to how to address the issue.  All this is done in a safe and confidential setting.

Our office works with a multi-disciplinary team who care about the well-being of our youth.  These team members include: Dartmouth Public Schools, Dartmouth Police Department, Dartmouth’s Department of Public Health, The District Attorney’s Office, a team of faith based members, community members, parents, private non- profit agencies, local and government agencies, UMASS Dartmouth University, Bishop Stang High School, probation officers and medical professionals.

What We provide:

Community/school based presentations on topics that affect our youth and their families.  These topics can include: social media, bullying, substance use, anxiety, depression and suicide prevention

Short term supportive services to youth and their families who are in need of assistance

Case management services to families who are in need of accessing resources  and assistance with referrals

Support/ groups for youth/parents

Holiday help and resources for families in financial hardship.

Liaison/advocacy  between the schools, community, or organizations

 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Jennifer Cabral, LMHC Dartmouth Youth Advocate 508-910-1855

Board Members

Name
Jamie Jacquart
Rosalyn Glaser
Kate Kertscher
Stephen Hunt
Jennifer Dutra
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