Youth Opportunities Upheld Inc. is a private, non-profit child welfare and behavioral health organization serving troubled and at-risk children, adolescents and families in the Worcester county area since 1971. Throughout our more 41-year history, the agency has remained true to its founding mission to provide youth and families with opportunities to fulfill their potential and build a brighter future, while responding to changing community needs with appropriate growth and innovation.

Today, Y.O.U. Inc. is one of the leading child welfare, behavioral health and education agencies in Massachusetts, offering more than 45 exceptional programs at 32 distinct sites, within five components: Family Support Networks, Education and Employment, Residential Care, Community Based Services, and Behavioral Health.

Our growth and success over these years has been a direct result of the outstanding work of our staff of nearly six hundred full and part time professionals – including a leadership team with a combined 250+ years of experience – partnered with our volunteer Board of 24 Directors. Over four decades, the organization’s leadership has worked tirelessly to set a clear vision, and to follow a thoughtful strategic plan.


To provide youth and families with opportunities to fulfill their potential and build a brighter future.

Healthy children, strong families, supportive communities.

To be the leader among non-profit, child welfare, behavioral health, and education agencies. We will accomplish this by providing a comprehensive system of care that sets the standards for:
– Empathic Care
– Innovative Programs
– Highest Quality Care
– Achieving Measurable Success
– Effective Management

– Caring
– Respect
– Hope
– Commitment
– Excellence




Y.O.U. Inc. services girls across a range of developmental stages, from early childhood to adulthood. A vast array of programming and treatment options are aimed at helping girls, and those who care for them, build blocks to a brighter future. Services can include: inpatient stabilization, outpatient therapy, residential programming, therapeutic mentoring, group therapy, family support services, education and employment services.

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ASCEND (Acquiring Strength to Change and Empower through New Discoveries) is a gender specific, outpatient group that provides opportunities for middle school and high school aged girls to develop positive connections with other girls in their community and with positive female adult role models; to experience gains in self-confidence and trust; and to develop skills to help them experience success at home, their school, and in their communities. In collaboration with the United Way Women’s Initiative, ASCEND offers a unique services to local girls; combining therapeutic group programming with positive, prosocial activities with an overarching goal to reduce violence among young women. The program utilizes evidence-based curriculums, including Girls Circle, and is led by a Master Level Clinician. Other modalities utilized include recreational therapy, expressive therapy and occupational therapy. Contact Centralized Referral at 1-800-4YOUINC to make a referral.

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Our Teen Parent Apartment and Teen Living Programs are designed to provide homeless teen mothers, or those at risk of becoming homeless, with a safe, comfortable and supportive home in which they can learn to care for their child, and for themselves. In addition to providing basic needs such as transitional shelter for mother and child, the program offers comprehensive clinical and educational services that enhance the teen’s parenting skills, academic and vocational standing, social skills, and independent living skills.

The goal of the Teen Parent Living and Teen Apartment programs is to give mothers and their young children the confidence and opportunity to become happy, successful, and self-supporting members of their communities.Learn More