Hotlines and Online Resources


 

Hotlines and Online Resources

 

 

  • Alcoholics Anonymous 24 Hour Line
    518-533-2320
    Offered by Schenectady National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).


    Alcohol Rehab Guide

    National website that provides information about the dangers associated with alcohol. Educates individuals about living a healthy, alcohol-free life and encourages people to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. Website provides multiple phone numbers to call and speak with a specialist who can refer to the most suitable treatment center for free.


    New York State Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Line

    1-800-522-5353

    Information on alcoholism and substance abuse. Learn more about the several initiatives New York State is undertaking to combat alcoholism and substance abuse.


    Drug Abuse Hotline
    1-800-662-4357 *Offers Spanish Language Services

    A free, confidential treatment referral and information service for individuals and families struggling with substance disorders.


    Gambler's Hotline
    518-292-0414
    A fellowship of men and women that share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so they can overcome their common problem and help others.


    Herion Anonymous 

    518-227-0294 

    Call for text the number for crisis support with heroin. Herion Anonymous is a support group for those struggling with heroin addiction and want to be sober.


    HOPENY Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, Gambling Hotline

    1-877-846-7369 * Offers Spanish Language Services

    Provides well trained professionals to talk to, crisis intervention and motivation, information, and referrals. 


    National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

     

    Informational and educational website for teens to learn about, about drug abuse, marijuana, and alcoholism. 


    New York State Prevention of Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse

    1-800-846-7369

    Call or text to get help with drug addiction including heroin and opioid help. Learn the prevention services, steps to get help, and support needed to get you or a loved one back on track.


    New York State Smokers' Quitters Line

    1-866-697-8487

    Free and confidential service that provides effective stop smoking services to New Yorkers who want to stop smoking.


    Partnership for Drug Free America

    1-855-378-4373 *Offers Spanish Language Services

    A trained parent counselor will help, listen, and come up with a personalized action plan for your loved one. Available Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm and live chat available Mon.-Fri. 5pm-10pm, Sat. and Sun. 12pm-5pm.


    Narcotics Anonymous

    518-448-1776

    Can call 24/7 for support about Narcotics addiction.

  • Told By Us Productions (TBU)
    518-547-1564
    Located at Proctors, an organization for students 13-20 years old to explore social issues through music. Focus on lyric writing, music production, and film production.


     

  • The Dapper Man

    An organization that works with the City Mission to provide men with professional clothing for job interviews and work.

  • Albany Deaf Community

    518-375-2507

    The purpose is to support the deaf and hard of hearing community in Albany. 


    ASL of the Capital Region

    Meetings happening all over the Capital Region for those who want to learn and practice American Sign Language. All skill levels are welcome. Sign with interpreters, deaf people, skilled signers and beginners. 


    Access Transit (CDTA)

    518-437-5161

    Transportation for individuals in Schenectady who are eligible for TANF, specifically for the use attaining, retaining, or getting employment.  


    American Association of University Women: Schenectady Branch

    A grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.


    CDTA Star Program

    518-482-2022

    Provides transportation for those with impairments/disabilities that prevent the use of the normal CDTA bus. Operates within a ¾ of a mile of the fixed bus route.


    Captial District Mamas and Papas

     A social and support network for parents of children ages 0-5 years old who reside in the Capital District. The purpose of this group is to have discussions, playgroups, social events and classified postings. Provides a very busy calendar with many events per week and different events geared towards 0-5 with occasional older kid activities. Annual membership dues are $20.


    Electric City Co-Op

    518-322-6628

    In the process of building a new co-operative market with local, organic, and sustainably processed food. Currently recruiting members to join in on this new venture.


    Ellis Medical Community Shuttle 

    1-844-518-3627

    Provides transportation from specific locations around the community to McClellan St. Health Center (Mon.-Fri.) and to Bellevue Woman's Center (Wed. only). 


    Goose Hill Neighborhood Association

    518-346-4850 

    A community where people come and talk about the old Goose Hill Neighborhood and share memories.


    Kid's Art Festival

    Annual Kid's Art Festival hosted in downtown Schenectady in the summer time for pre-school and school aged children.


    Niskayuna Rotary Club

    518-243-9987 

    Mission is to advance and improve the lives of the youth of our communities through education. Meets Tues. mornings at 7:15am at Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery.


    Scotia Business Improvement District

    518-334-9899

    Group of business owners on Mohawk Avenue in Scotia who get together to discuss what is going on in the district as well as what’s going on in the Village and the Town of Glenville.


    Stockade Station an ARTS Organization

    518-560-0170

    Offers art classes and workshops for all ages and does community outreach at local festivals and events.


    United Way of the Greater Capital Region

    2-1-1

    Provides information and access to several different types of resources for the capital region. 


    Vale Community Organization

    518-372-4693

    Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at the Caretaker’s House or at State Street Presbysterian. Call to confirm.

  • ASL of the Capital Region

    Meetings happening all over the Capital Region for those who want to learn and practice American Sign Language. All skill levels are welcome. Sign with interpreters, deaf people, skilled signers and beginners. 


    CDTA Star Program

    518-482-2022

    Provides transportation for those with impairments/disabilities that prevent the use of the normal CDTA bus. Operates within a ¾ of a mile of the fixed bus route.


    Hearing Loss Association of America: Albany Chapter

    518-488-8268 

    Educates, advocates, and supports the public on hearing loss as well as foster social opportunities for those with hearing loss and their families.


    Hi-5 Sports

    610-730-1833 

    Provides free sports programs for special needs children. Sports include bowling, basketball, baseball, golf, fishing, and soccer. 

  • Anger Management Online Class

    Anger management class which satisfied court/legal requirements. A certificate is granted to anyone who completes the course. Cost varies ($55 minimum).


    Courtney's House: Survivor to Survivor Hotline

    1-888-261-3665

    Offers an opportunity for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking to speak to other survivors.


    Equinox Domestic Violence Hotline

    518-432-7865

    Provides information, crisis intervention, counseling, referral, and/or shelter. The hotline is available to victims, friends, family, and other concerned individuals. All calls are confidential.


    Give Back A Smile

    1-800-773-4227 

    Free dental work for injuries as a result of domestic violence or sexual assault.


    In Our Own Voices Domestic Violence Support Line

    518-432-4341

    Provides non-residential domestic violence services, Monday-Friday 9:00am-9:00pm 


    National Domestic Violence Hotline

    1-800-799-7233 *Offers Spanish Language assistances

    Provides highly trained advocates available 24/7 to talk about experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. Also provides VP number for deaf/hard of hearing: 1-855-812-1011 


    New York State Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline

    English: 1-800-942-6906 Spanish: 1-800-942-6908

    Provides information about domestic violence, sexual assault, and resources in your community.


    Stop the Violence Hotline

    1-855-879-1788

    Helps victims of Domestic Violence, hotline open 24/7


    Stop the Violence Inc.

    Domestic violence program that provides services free of charge. Services include: group/peer sessions, one on one sessions, assistance with legal fees, assistance with food and clothing, having a friend to sit with you (in court, police station, etc.) and provides information to help the victim know the facts.


    Unity House 24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotline

    518-272-2370

    Domestic violence hotline that provides crisis intervention, information, and referrals 24/7.


    YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline

    518-374-3386

    Domestic violence hotline available 24/7 that also offers safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, groups, case management, children’s services and post-shelter services to victims of domestic violence.

  • A is for Amgios

    Spanish teacher in Niskayuna that offers workshops for youth in the community. Currently services children in grades K-5. Also provides YouTube videos to practice Spanish for free with kids.


    GED Testing Service Vermont

    English: 1-877-392-6433 Spanish: 1-877-450-3276 

    Testing centers to take the GED located in Vermont, open to residents of New York State as well. 


    New York State Education Department: HSE/TASC Testing Service

    518-474-5906 

    Testing centers to take the TASC (formally GED) in New York State. Provides information about the test, study materials, and testing centers.


    Reading is Fun

    518-377-9542

    Reading mentoring program for children ages 4-9 in the Schenectady School District.

     

  • Adirondack Mountain Club: Schenectady Chapter

    518-383-3066

    Organization dedicated to the protection and responsible recreational use of NYS wildlands and waters. Recreational activities include hiking, kayaking, backpacking, snowshoeing, etc. A youth section of this chapter also exists for individuals in their 20s and 30s.


    Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program: Cornell Cooperative Extension

    518-828-3346 ext.106 

    Provides agricultural and horticultural learning to kids. Program include market development, soils and field crops, pasture management, applied research, dairy business summary and more. 


    Solarize Albany

    518-328-4786 

    To promote the use of renewable energy with the consumer in mind. The goal is to provide the consumer with knowledge of how renewable energies will benefit your life and lower cost options through the bulk purchase model. Meetings are held 1st and 3rd Thurs. of the month from 6pm-8pm at Honest Food CoOp. 

  • Captial District Mamas and Papas

     A social and support network for parents of children ages 0-5 years old who reside in the Capital District. The purpose of this group is to have discussions, playgroups, social events and classified postings. Provides a very busy calendar with many events per week and different events geared towards 0-5 with occasional older kid activities. Annual membership dues are $20.


    Niskayuna Mom's Group

    A group of moms in the Niskayuna area with children ages 0-5 (at events, school-aged children are welcome). This group plans play dates for children at local parks and at the Niskayuna Community Center. Annual membership fee is $30. Trial memberships are also available.


    Tears Foundation

    518-512-1940 

    A non-profit organization that seeks to compassionately assist bereaved parents with the financial expenses they face in making final arrangements for their child who has died.

  • League of Women Voters of Schenectady County

    PO Box 9135 Schenectady, NY 12309 

    Non-partisan organization that informs and encourages active participation of citizens in government by being a resource for those seeking information about voter registration, voting information, candidate platforms and election issues. Provides 8-10 week citizenship interview classes and one on one tutoring for citizenship preperation, attends naturalization ceremonies to help new citizens fill out registration forms and answer questions about the voting process. 


    New York State Adoption Service

    1-800-345-5437 

    Information about the adoption process in New York State.

  • AIDS Information

    English: 1-800-541-2437 Spanish: 1-800-233-7432

    New York State Department of Health general information on HIV and AIDS.


    Ellis Medicine Community Shuttle

    1-844-518-3627

    Provides transportation from specific locations around the community to McClellan St. Health Center (Mon.-Fri.) and to Bellevue Woman's Center (Wed. only). 


    Give Back A Smile

    1-800-773-4227 

    Free dental work for injuries as a result of domestic violence or sexual assault.


    Nick's Fight to be Healed Foundation

    518-877-8211

    Provides financial assistance for pediatric cancer patients and teen comfort bags to pediatric cancer patients ages 10-25.

  • Community Partnerships for Youth Empowerment (CYPE)

    518-265-8509 

    Works to eliminate youth homelessness by creating a positive support network that links with community organizations for youth to become self-sufficient.


    Rental Source

    A website that can help with finding a rental home or apartment in the Schenectady area. 


    Soldier On

    1-866-406-8449 

    Provides veterans who are homeless with emergency and transitional housing, case management, medical and mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and peer support.


    National Runaway Safeline

    1-800-786-2929

    24 hour crisis line for teens who are thinking of running away or who have left home and want to return.


    National Runaway Safeline Textline

    66008

    24 hour crisis line for teens who are thinking of running away or who have left home and want to return.

  • AIDS Information

    English: 1-800-541-2437 Spanish: 1-800-233-7432

    New York State Department of Health general information on HIV and AIDS.


    Alcoholics Anonymous 24 Hour Line

    518-533-2320

    Offered by Schenectady National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).


    Child Abuse and Maltreatment Hotline

    1-800-342-3720

    A child protective services hotline to call if the child is suspected of being abused.


    Crisis Text Line

    Text HOME to 741741

    Text HOME to start the Text Crisis line. Text with a trained Crisis Counselor to move from a hot moment to cool and calm working with the texter and counselor to make a plan to safe and healthy.


    Drug and Abuse Hotline

    1-800-662-4357 *Spanish Language services offered

    A free, confidential treatment referral and information service for individuals and families struggling with substance disorders.


    Equinox Domestic Violence Hotline

    518-432-7865

    Provides information, crisis intervention, counseling, referral, and/or shelter. The hotline is available to victims, friends, family, and other concerned individuals. All calls are confidential.


    Gambler's Hotline

    518-292-0414 

    A fellowship of men and women that share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so they can overcome their common problem and help others.


    HOPENY Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, Gambling Hotline

    1-877-846-7369 *Spanish Language services offered 

    Provides well trained professionals to talk to, crisis intervention and motivation, information, and referrals. 


    In Our Own Voices Domestic Violence Support Line

    518-432-4341

    Provides non-residential domestic violence services, Monday-Friday 9:00am-9:00pm 


    LGBT National Hotline

    1-888-843-4564

    National hotline for youth and adults with peer counseling, information, and local resources.


    Lifeline Crisis Chat

    National chat network that connects the chatter with a specialist to talk about things that are upsetting, explore feelings, and thoughts associated with the crisis to make a safety plan, strategies, and next steps.


    Moblie Crisis Response Team

    518-292-5499

    Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm and Sat.-Sun 11am-7pm. 

    Provides phone and in person support for children, families, and adults experiencing emotional and/or behavioral crisis and for professionals working with these individuals. Provides  assessment of current functioning, symptoms, and sources of stress contributing to crisis, risks and safety issues; assistance with connecting to ongoing services and supports; determination if mobile response is neccessary and appropriate. Intervention includes developing strategies for de-escalation, using indviduals and family strengths and supports, identifying coping skills and determining whether the individual can maintain safety in the community or requires a higher level of care. As well as faciliate hospitalization with report provided to emergency staff to hospital. Note, however that inpatient admission is always at the discretion of the hospital. 


    National Domestic Violence Hotline

    1-800-799-7233

    Provides highly trained advocates available 24/7 to talk about experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. Also provides VP number for deaf/hard of hearing: 1-855-812-1011 


    National Eating Disorders Association Hotline

    1-800-931-2237 or text NEDA to 741741

    Contact the helpline for support, resources, and treatment options for you or a loved one for eating disorders or text NEDA to be connected to a trained volunteer at the Crisis Text line for eating disorders. 


    National Human Trafficking Resource Center

    1-888-373-7888 

    Provides support and access to services for victims and survivors of human trafficking to help them stay safe.


    National Runaway Safeline

    1-800-786-2929 or text 66008

    24 hour crisis line for teens who are thinking of running away or who have left home and want to return.


    National Sexual Assault Hotline

    1-800-656-4673

    Hotline that has trained support specialists that helps victims of sexual assault with support, information, advice, or a referral.


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    English: 1-800-273-8255 Spanish: 1-888-628-9454 

    24/7 confidential phone line that connects people with trained counselors  across the US. Offers phone lines in English, Spanish, and for the hard of hearing/deaf. Specialized phone lines for veterans as well.


    New York State Division of Veteran's Affairs

    1-888-838-7697

    Advocates and advises on behalf of veterans and their families for benefits entitled to veterans such as education assistance, employment, financial compensation, health care, and housing.


    New York State Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline

    English: 1-800-942-6906 Spanish: 1-800-942-6908

    Provides information about domestic violence, sexual assault, and resources in your community.


    New York State Smokers' Quitters Line

    1-866-697-8487

    Free and confidential service that provides effective stop smoking services to New Yorkers who want to stop smoking.


    New York State Prevention of Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse

    1-800-846-7369

    Call or text to get help with drug addiction including heroin and opioid help. Learn the prevention services, steps to get help, and support needed to get you or a loved one back on track.


    Safe Helpline

    1-877-995-5247

    Helpline for sexual assault support for the Department of Defense community. Text 55-247 for more information.


    Samaritan Hospital Suicide Prevention Hotline

    518-689-4673

    Suicide Prevention phone hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-10pm, Sat. and Sun. 1pm-10pm


    Schenectady County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

    518-640-3537

    To report animal abuse call: 518-755-9517 All calls are confidential. SPCA is law enforcement that enforces all pet cruelty laws.


    Sexual Assault Service Hotline Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson

    518-346-2266

    24 hour hotline for crisis counseling and advocacy. Whether it happened 10 minutes ago or 10 years ago, the hotline is there for support.


    Stop the Violence Hotline

    1-855-879-1788

    Helps victims of Domestic Violence, hotline open 24/7


    The Trevor Project

    1-866-488-7386 or text Trevor to 1-202-304-1200

    A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 for LBTQ youth.A crisis intervention and suicide prevention text service for LBTQ youth. Text available Mon.-Fri. 3pm-10pm


    Unity House 24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotline

    518-272-2370

    Domestic violence hotline that provides crisis intervention, information, and referrals 24/7.


    Veteran of Affairs National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

    1-877-424-3838

    24/7 free, confidential helpline for homeless veterans to talk to trained VA counselors.


    Veteran's Crisis Line

    1-800-273-8255 press 1 or text 838255

    Connects veterans in crisis with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline. Text to receive caring, qualified VA responders to provide free and confidential support 24/7  even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.


    Women Veterans Call Center

    1-855-829-6636

    Provides women veterans information about VA services and resources. Call center available Mon.-Fri. 8am-10pm and Sat. 8am-6:30pm


    YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline

    518-374-3386

    Domestic violence hotline available 24/7 that also offers safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, groups, case management, children’s services and post-shelter services to victims of domestic violence.

  • LGBT National Hotline

    1-888-843-4564

    National hotline for youth and adults with peer counseling, information, and local resources.


    LGBT National Youth Hotline

    1-800-246-7743

    Hotline serving youth up until age 25. Provides peer counseling, information, and local resources.


    In Our Own Voices Domestic Violence Support Line

    518-432-4341

    Provides non-residential domestic violence services, Monday-Friday 9:00am-9:00pm 


    Room for All

    201-364-4538 

    This grassroots movement is working to bring inclusion and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community to the Reformed Church of America. Offers a public roster of welcoming/affirming churches and of ministers who are welcoming.


    The Trevor Project

    1-866-488-7386

    Text Trevor to 1-202-304-1200

    A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 for LBTQ youth.  Text service for LBTQ youth available Mon.-Fri. 3pm-10pm


    Youth Power!

    518-432-0333 

    NYS network run by youths and young adults to strengthen the youth voice and peer advocacy. Focuses on cross systems funding, an advisory council, strengthening anti-bullying initiatives and anti-discrimination efforts, focusing on LGBTQA+ rights and public education, addressing disproportionality, and more.

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    518-791-1544 

    Addresses the public health issue of suicide by educating about suicide and suicide prevention. Hosts a support group for suicide loss. Meets the first Wed. at 6pm


    Anger Management Online Class

    Anger management class which satisfied court/legal requirements. A certificate is granted to anyone who completes the course. Cost varies ($55 minimum).


    Crisis Text Line

    HOME to 741741

    Text HOME to start the Text Crisis line. Text with a trained Crisis Counselor to move from a hot moment to cool and calm working with the texter and counselor to make a plan to safe and healthy.


    Lifeline Crisis Chat

    National chat network that connects the chatter with a specialist to talk about things that are upsetting, explore feelings, and thoughts associated with the crisis to make a safety plan, strategies, and next steps.


    Mental Health Empowerment Project Peer Support Line

    518-268-1663 or 1-800-643-7462

    A non crisis support line that provides a safe and confidential place to talk about  whatever you are feeling or need. Available Mon.-Sat. 9am-9pm


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    English: 1-800-273-8255 Spanish: 1-888-628-9454

    24/7 confidential phone line that connects people with trained counselors  across the US. Offers phone lines in English, Spanish, and for the hard of hearing/deaf. Specialized phone lines for veterans as well.


    National Eating Disorders Association Hotline

    1-800-931-2237 or NEDA to 741741

    Contact the helpline for support, resources, and treatment options for you or a loved one for eating disorders.Text NEDA to be connected to a trained volunteer at the Crisis Text line for eating disorders. 


    Samaritan Hospital Suicide Prevention Hotline

    518-689-4673

    Suicide Prevention phone hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-10pm, Sat. and Sun. 1pm-10pm


    Tears Foundation

    518-512-1940 

    A non-profit organization that seeks to compassionately assist bereaved parents with the financial expenses they face in making final arrangements for their child who has died.


    Teens Helping Teens- Peer Educators

    518-374-5353 ext. 2267  

    Peer educators ages 14-19 trained by adult staff to help other teens to talk about sexual topics that might be too difficult to talk to adults. Must make weekly commitment to meetings and one weekend retreat.

  • 518BLK

    This is a Facebook website for the Capital District's urban community to find different events and activities in the community that are relevant to them as minority individuals.


    Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia

    518-495-1324

    A coalition to increase interfaith understanding and counter anti-Muslim hate speech.


    League of Women Voters of Schenectady County

    PO Box 9135 Schenectady, NY 12309 

    Non-partisan organization that informs and encourages active participation of citizens in government by being a resource for those seeking information about voter registration, voting information, candidate platforms and election issues. Provides a Citizen Mentoring Group that has an 8-10 week citizenship interview classes and one on one tutoring for citizenship preperation, attends naturalization ceremonies to help new citizens fill out registration forms and answer questions about the voting process. 


    New Russia Cultural Center

    518-382-9438 

    Focuses on Russian culture and folklore through activities, education, and exposure.

  • Anger Management Online Class

    Anger management class which satisfied court/legal requirements. A certificate is granted to anyone who completes the course. Cost varies ($55 minimum).


    SCAP: Family Reunification Pilot Program

    518-374-9181

    Program with Schenectady Municpal Housing Authority and Center for Community Justice that reunites individuals leaving prison/jail with their families who live in public housing and provide them with re-entry services.

  • Adult Protective Services

    1-844-697-3505 *Offers Spanish Language services

    Mandated service that investigates cases of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of impaired, vulnerable adults. 


    CDTA Star Program

    518-482-2022

    Provides transportation for those with impairments/disabilities that prevent the use of the normal CDTA bus. Operates within a ¾ of a mile of the fixed bus route.


    Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) Program

    EPIC helps pay for Medicare Part D drug plan premiums.


    Kee to Independent Growth

    518-309-3557

    Provides service coordination, counseling, independent living skills, and a structured day program for those with disabilities, progressive medical conditions, seniors, and veterans. 

  • The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program 

    Contact: Contact Simone Miranda 21st CCLC Program Coordinator518-881-3400 Ext. 2813

    The 21st Century Community Learning Center is an exciting summer program for middle and high school students who attend the Schenectady City School District. Students who will be entering grades 6-12 can apply. The program offers opportunities for students to enjoy new experiences, learn, grown and have fun. Students also benefit from tutoring, project-based learning, service learning, college and career explorations and field trips. Students receive breakfast and lunch and transportation is available for eligible students. 


    College of Saint Rose Summer Academy for Youth 

    518-454-5144

    The Summer Academy for Youth is a summer camp and enrichment program for youth in grades six through ten, and the focus of this program is to provide fun and educational summer experiences in an effort to increase understanding in a given subject matter and to foster summer learning on a college campus. Although classes are not college-level classes, the aim is to provide key concepts and ideas related to the subject, while supplementing with hands-on activity, field trips, and guest speakers. The hope is to build excitement around the topic of study and provide resources for further exploration. The instructors are either certified teachers, College professors, or experts in their respective field and they are charged with the task of providing a fun and educational experience within the limited time provided.


    GE Girls at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

    The focus of this camp is energy centered around turbines, and there are many other fun STEM activities including LED lights, arduinos, robotics and programming, and science activities that include making lip balm and ice cream! GE mentors, middle school teachers, and RPI student mentors assist in this hands-on learning experience to make it interesting and fun for all. Snacks, lunch, and transportation to and from the Troy campus are provided for all, free-of-cost. Families are invited to attend a BBQ on the GE campus in Schenectady with their girls. For more information, see the GE Girls website. Interested 7th grade girls attending school in the Schenectady, Schalmont and Mohonasen School Districts should contact their science teacher for an application.


    Girls Inc. Eureka! at UAlbany

    Contact: 518-374-9800

    Girls Inc. Eureka! is a free and unique five year program that provides girls with a gentle introduction to STEM, personal development, sports, mentorship, career exploration. Girls commit to the program for five years, preparing them for the next step in their education after high school. Please see below for the breakdown of each Eureka! summer and school year.

    • Engages girls in informal STEM education through hands-on activities and field trips.
    • Places girls on a college campus to reinforce the importance of higher education.
    • Plays an important role in the “cradle to career” education pipeline in NYS and the Capital Region workforce.
    • Ensures girls are exposed to STEM careers with strong female mentors.
    • Emphasizes the strengths and needs of young women.
    • Develops girls using the “whole girl” approach, which focuses on STEM, personal development and sports.
    • Provides girls with college and job readiness workshops
    • Engages community representatives of local businesses, organizations and colleges.

    Siena College Reading Skills Program 

    For 4 year olds and entering kindergarten to adults, age specific reading programs focused on helping people gain academic success by gaining vaulable reading skills during the summer. 


    Union College STEP Program

    518-388-6609

    A science and technology entry program for 7th-12th graders run by Union College to prepare students for entry into postsecondary degree programs in science, technology, health related fields. Must be a New York State resident, a member of a historically under represented group, show an interest in math or science, and have an average of at least a C+ in math and science courses.

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    518-791-1544 

    Addresses the public health issue of suicide by educating about suicide and suicide prevention. Hosts a support group for suicide loss. Meets the first Wed. at 6pm


    Circle of Champs

    518-456-3634 ext. 1120

    Children's support group for those who have been touched by a life-threatening illness. Offers a free camp "YMCA Adventure Camp" as well where kids get to be kids. All program activites are free for children.


    Depression Support Group of Albany

    Offers support groups and social events for those struggling with depression; contact for more information through the website.


    enCourage Kids Foundation

    518-925-2533 

    Encourages healing, comfort, smiles, families, play, and bravery through a variety of programs for children who are facing a variety of health issues whether they are living in a hospital or at home.


    Heroin Anonymous

    518-227-0294 

    Call for text the number for crisis support with heroin. HA is a support group for those struggling with heroin addiction and want to be sober.


    Social Anxiety Support Group of Albany

    Offers a support group to help social anxiety. Offers three types of month meetings: exposure meeting, support meeting, and a social meeting. No cost to join.

  • Help Heal Veterans
    951-926-4500 

    Provides free therapeutic craft kits to hospitalized and homebound veterans and helps traumatized veterans improve their motor skills, while also developing better feelings of self-esteem and self-worth.


    Kee to Independent Growth
    518-309-3557

    Provides service coordination, counseling, independent living skills, and a structured day program for those with disabilities, progressive medical conditions, seniors, and veterans. 


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    English: 1-800-273-8255 Spanish: 1-888-628-9454

    24/7 confidential phone line that connects people with trained counselors  across the US. Offers phone lines in English, Spanish, and for the hard of hearing/deaf. Specialized phone lines for veterans as well.


    New York State Division of Veteran's Affairs

    1-888-838-7697

    Advocates and advises on behalf of veterans and their families for benefits entitled to veterans such as education assistance, employment, financial compensation, health care, and housing.


    Operation at Ease

    518-847-9941 

     Veteran service dog program where veterans help train their own dog; free program.


    Soldier On

    1-866-406-8449 

    Provides veterans who are homeless with emergency and transitional housing, case management, medical and mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and peer support.


    Veteran of Affairs National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

    1-877-424-3838

    24/7 free, confidential helpline for homeless veterans to talk to trained VA counselors.


    Veteran's Crisis Line

    1-800-273-8255 press 1

    Connects veterans in crisis with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline.


    Veteran's Crisis Text Line

    838255

    Text to receive caring, qualified VA responders to provide free and confidential support 24/7 even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.


    Women Veterans Call Center

    1-855-829-6636

    Provides women veterans information about VA services and resources. Call center available Mon.-Fri. 8am-10pm and Sat. 8am-6:30pm

  • 518 Boys Day Out

    Provides positive male mentorship for Schenectady City middle school boys. Runs programs such as: teen nights, annual conference, Boys Circles (once a week for ten weeks), summer events, etc.


    Athletic Haven

    518-545-4876

    Offers free travel teams for youth, free monthly clinics, sports camps, and private lessons.


    GE Kids Get in Free Days

    GE provides free Admission for kids 12 and under with a paying adult at special events across the Capital Region.


    Kid's Art Festival

    Annual Kid's Art Festival hosted in downtown Schenectady in the summer time for pre-school and school aged children.


    Reading is Fun Program

    Helping children ages 4-9 in the Schenectady area to learn to read and have fun doing it.


    Stockade Station an ARTS Organization

    518-560-0170

    Offers art classes and workshops for all ages and does community outreach at local festivals and events.


    Told By Us Productions (TBU)

    518-847-1564

    Located at Proctors, an organization for students 13-20 years old to explore social issues through music. Focus on lyric writing, music production, and film production.


    Youth Power!

    518-432-0333

    NYS network run by youths and young adults to strengthen the youth voice and peer advocacy. Focuses on cross systems funding, an advisory council, strengthening anti-bullying initiatives and anti-discrimination efforts, focusing on LGBTQA+ rights and public education, addressing disproportionality, and more.