Welcome to School Based Youth Services Program
Helping Hands   
The School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP) was started in 1987 to help young people navigate their adolescent years, finish their education, obtain skills leading to employment or continuing education, and graduate healthy and drug free. Our program was established in 1988 and has maintained a collaborative partnership between the Department of Children and Families and the local community agencies.  We are located on the 2nd Floor of the High School. 
SBYSP provides an array of services to adolescents including:
  • Mental health and family services
  • Healthy youth development
  • Access to primary and preventative health service
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Employment services
  • Pregnancy prevention programs
  • Learning support services
  • Family involvement
  • Referrals to community based service
  • Recreation 
Youth who were involved in SBYSP showed:

     Increased educational aspirations and higher accumulation of credits
     toward graduation
     Diminished feelings of unhappiness, sadness, depression and suicidal thoughts
     Improved sleep habits and less worrying
     Less destructive behavior and feelings of anger
     Decreased use of tobacco and alcohol
     More and improved interaction with families and friends
     Better use of contraceptives to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases 

SBYS Director

Kathy Celli, MBA, RN

(732) 229-7300 EX:41650 



SBYS Secretary

Almira Luccarelli

(732) 229-7300 EX:41650


Medical Data Secretary

Lois Chick

(732) 229-7300 EX:41660 


Nurse Practitioner 

Virginia Carreira, DNP,RN,APN
(732) 229-7300 EX:41655 

Mental Health Counselor

Samilia Ghartey-Sam, LCSW

(732) 229-7300 EX:41657



Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC)

Nicole Catalano, MA, LAC, NCC 

(732) 229-7300 EX:41009



Youth Development Specialist

Nikkia Blair, MSW,CPC

(732) 229-7300 EX:41653


New Jersey Department of
Children & Families