The George Gervin Youth Center Basic Center Program assists homeless and/or runaway pregnant girls ages 13 to 17 looking to continue their education in a safe and supportive educational environment. It is licensed as a Foster Family Home by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.
The Basic Program provides therapeutic and supportive services and acts as a short- and long-term residential care facility to those whose needs are not adequately met in their current family structure or other shelters.
While we do our best to help every girl in need, no one agency can meet the variety of needs of all youth requiring shelter. When accepting youth for services, we consider the individual needs of each youth and how we can best meet her needs. Under certain circumstances, we accept youth adjudicated as in need of supervision. However, we will not accept youth charged with violent crimes such as murder, rape, manslaughter, sexual assault, robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, or similar crimes. Adjudicated youth who have engaged in delinquent behavior primarily due to lack of supervision are most appropriate for care. GGYC Basic Program receives referrals from schools, social services, Child Protective Services, churches, courts, juvenile probation departments, parents and guardians, and other child placing agencies.
We follow the guidelines below when we consider admitting youth for placement at the center. The youth we admit should be:
- Pregnant females between 13 and 17 years old, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, or need
- Designated as runaway or homeless caused by physical, substance, and/or mental abuse in the family home; a victim of economic deprivation (neglect, inconsistent provision of basic survival needs); or face economic instability in the family
- Assigned to a Basic, Moderate, or Specialized Level of Care, as defined by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, if in the custody of Child Protective Services
- In possession of I.Q. test results greater than 70, unless there is reason to believe the scores are invalid due to emotional distress
- Free from physical or psychological disabilities that prohibit participation in daily activities at the Center
- Eligible to attend public school
“WE gain STRENGTH AND COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE BY EACH EXPERIENCE IN WHICH WE really STOP TO LOOK FEAR IN THE FACE. WE must DO THAT WHICH WE THINK WE cannot.”