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THE COTTAGE SCHOOLS

Gateways Program
for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

GatewaysThe Gateways Program for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children is an intensive, specialized residential program for girls, ages 12-16, who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Gateways uses a strengths-based youth development model to assist young women in gaining the skills needed to return to the community as productive, independent young adults.

JanMarie Brown, Director


brownj@jccany.org

1075 Broadway
Pleasantville, NY 10570

 

Check out JanMarie's interview on News and Views on WVOX Radio this past August 7th!

GatewaysGATEWAYS: Taz

At 16, Taz (not her real name) looks like the likeable, bright teenager she is—a little shy, but smart and well-spoken. It’s hard to reconcile the Taz of today with the 14-year-old who spent two years on the streets in New York, the property of a violent pimp who carved his name on her back. Taz ran away from her Brooklyn home when she was 14, and credits Gateways, a JCCA residential program on the Westchester Campus for girls who have been trafficked, with saving her life. Read more


Referrals

  • Accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Assessment and Treatment

  • Comprehensive assessment and treatment
  • A team of clinical professionals and highly trained caregivers
  • Services address all medical, mental health, and educational needs
  • Individual, family, and group counseling
  • Onsite substance abuse treatment
  • All care provided using the evidence informed Sanctuary Model of trauma treatment

Medical Care

  • Dedicated staff provides individually tailored medical care
  • Educational workshops on a range of health-related topics (e.g. sexually transmitted diseases)


Education

  • Five hours of individually tailored educational instruction daily provided by licensed teachers at onsite, special act public school

Recreation

  • Therapeutic range of activities that offer positive alternatives to life on the street
  • A fully equipped gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, basketball courts, ball fields, and wilderness challenge course
  • Designed to promote appropriate social skills, coping mechanisms, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as develop new talents
  • Jobs program

Aftercare

  • Linkage to a range of community-based providers including GEMS, a community-based provider for sexually-exploited youth
  • Therapeutic foster boarding homes available

Program Staff

  • Dedicated program director
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Recreational therapist
  • Registered nurse
  • Psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Psychologist
  • Medical specialists (e.g. physicians, gynecologists, and dentists)
  • Milieu staff
  • Security
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