Harlan County High

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Youth Service Center Staff
Cathy York, Coordinator: cathy.york@harlan.kyschools.us
(606) 573-3006
(606) 574-2020, Ext. 3514
School Based Clinic

Rebecca Hensley, RN


Harlan Cumberland River Behavior Health

Danielle Asher: danielle.asher@harlan.kyschools.us


H & A Counseling

Michelle Helton: michelle.helton@harlan.kyschools.us



The Harlan County High School Youth Services Center’s mission is to improve student achievement through the removal of non-cognitive barriers to learning.  This will be accomplished by promoting the flow of resources and support to families in ways to strengthen their functioning and enhance the growth and development of individual members and the Family Unit.


Who Is Served

The Center is open to all Harlan County High School students and their immediate families.  The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex religion, age or disability in the provision of services.



Services provided by the Center are based on student, school, and parent needs assessments and components outlined in the grant.  The following is an example of programs the Center provides during the school year in each component:


Referral to Health & Social Services

School Based Clinic – The Center contracts with the Cumberland Valley Health Department to provide medical services to our students, their immediate families and school staff.  The Clinic is located in the school for student convenience.  The Clinic is open during regular school days from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 


Referral to Mental Health Counseling

The Center contracts with M&H and Day Springs Counseling to provide counseling to students, their immediate families, and school staff. The counselors offices are located in the school. Referrals are made to the counselors for anger management, truancy, bullying, coping with problems that occur in families and various classes or assembly programs about emotional maturity, self esteem, social problems, etc. are provided throughout the school year. The counselors are available during regular school days from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Dental and hearing referrals.

STD, birth control, and teen pregnancy programs

Baby Think It Over Program – YSC provides Baby Think It Over and an Empathy Belly to the Family Living class.  Teacher uses these items to teach students about abstinence and parenthood.  Students or parents can also check out these items at the YSC.


Referral to Parents as Teachers – A program for expectant teen parents provided through the Harlan Health Department and Hall Parent as Teachers program. 


Referral to Social Service Agencies


Employment Counseling, Training & Placement

Career and job skills materials and videos - kept in the Center for student, teacher and parent use.

Student exposure to employment opportunities – field trips, Job Fair, Career Day, job shadowing etc.

Job Skills Workshops – tax preparation, reality store, interviewing, etc.


Community Service Projects for students


Summer & Part Time Job Development


Refer students to Employment Services, SYETP, WIA and local businesses for job openings.


Drug & Alcohol Abuse Counseling

Comprehensive Care – YSC contracts with Comprehensive Care to do after-school drug/alcohol counseling for students and their immediate families.

Various Drug/Alcohol abuse class and assembly programs and activities are provided throughout the school year.


Educational materials concerning Drug/Alcohol abuse are kept in the Center for student, parent, and teacher use.


Game Room – the YSC game room is open after school until 3:30 p.m. for students to have something to do after school. 


Comprehensive Student/Family Services

The Center helps families in need find resources or provide items necessary for students to come to school and achieve.  (clothing, hygiene products, food, etc.)


Refer students to tutoring

Provide computers and space for students to do their homework after school until 3:30 p.m.


Incentive programs to promote high achievement, attendance, and social improvement.


Arts and humanities and school safety programs


Prom Dress Program – YSC has approximately 50 prom dresses for student or family use.


Clothing Closet – YSC has a clothing closet open to students and families.


YSC gives away items donated as we receive them or during planned give-a-ways.


Recreational & Social Activities

Game Room – open after school until 3:30 p.m.


Provide various recreational activities for students during the school year.


Parental Involvement

Provide a welcoming atmosphere for parents at the Center and the school.


Parental Workshops and informational programs – financial aide, Scholarship Night, Job Fair, Freshman Orientation, Open house, etc.


Advertise YSC and school events for parental awareness.

Public Notice

No person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, residence, religion, sex, disabling condition, age, or marital status, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination in any educational program, activity of, or employment practice by the Harlan County School System in compliance with Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504.


Harlan County High School is committed to educate every student to a high level, accept no excuses for failure, and understand the value of hard work by students and staff. Our culture of success will support systems in the school that encourage and even reward hard work.

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