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Youth Service Centers

The Bardstown Youth Services Centers are located in Bardstown High School at 400 North Fifth Street for high school students and families and in Bardstown Middle School at 410 North Fifth Street for middle school students and families. The centers serve families living in the Bardstown community and its student population.

What is a Youth Services Center?

Family Resource/Youth Services Centers (FRYSCs) have been opened in schools throughout the commonwealth as part of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. The purpose of the Center is to promote student success in school by helping families overcome obstacles that might otherwise prevent student learning. The goal of the Bardstown Youth Services Center is to promote young people's progress toward capable and productive adulthood by assisting them in recognizing their individual, community, and family strengths.

Who may use the Bardstown Youth Services Center?

The Bardstown Youth Services Centers receive a state grant based upon the number of students within the school who receive free school meals. However, once the Center has been established, all students, their families, and all other local community residents are eligible to use the services of the Center, regardless of family income. Services are very beneficial for students who are not performing well in school.

Who runs the Bardstown Youth Services Centers, and where are they located?

The Centers are staffed by a Direct Josh Payne who oversees all referrals, services, and programs that are provided by the Center. The Bardstown High Youth Services Center in the Counseling Suite located across from the old main office. The Bardstown Middle Youth Services office is located next door to the Art room. Please, sign in at the main office as you enter the building, per School policy.

What services does the Bardstown Youth Services Center provide?

The Bardstown Youth Services Center provides programs, referrals, and services in the following areas: Academic Development, Adult Education, Child Development, Clothing, Employment Counseling and Training, Family Crisis Counseling, Food and Nutrition, Government Social Services Agencies, Health Services, Mental-Health Counseling Referrals, Mentoring/Job-Shadowing Programs, Parenting-Support Groups, and Substance-Abuse Counseling and Prevention.

How do I Contact the Bardstown Youth Services Centers?

  • Josh Payne, Director
  • Telephone: 502-331-8893
  • [email protected]
  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Family Resource and Youth Services Centers’ program mission is to enhance students’ abilities to succeed in school by developing and sustaining partnerships that promote:

  • Early learning and successful transition into school
  • Academic achievement and well-being
  • Graduation and transition into adult life


Youth Services Centers

Core components are mandated in legislation (KRS 156.496). Family Resource Center core components include

  • Referrals to health and social services;
  • Career exploration and development;
  • Summer and part-time job development for high school students;
  • Substance abuse education and counseling; and,
  • Family crisis and mental health counseling.


Optional components are developed based on the needs of the local school community. These components will vary across the state, but generally fall into such categories as

  • Educational support/enrichment
  • Educational support activities may include character education, peer mediation, conflict resolution, mentoring, and may address core content and other educational needs identified through the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.

  • Student and family support/referrals

  • An optional component designed for student and family support may include services such as basic needs, emergency assistance, holiday assistance, etc.

After school programs (YSC)

Student and family strategic planning

  • Activities may include budgeting assistance/referrals, transportation, parenting, etc.


Youth Services Centers

(YSC) Referrals to Health and Social Services


Students and their families face many health and social issues that negatively impact their physical and mental health, well-being and safety.

As children enter into adolescence, many youth have not received appropriate developmental screenings and health services to identify and treat potential problems. In addition, adolescence necessitates the need to address developmental issues with a different array of resources and intervention. For example, resources that address puberty issues such as self-esteem, body image and hygiene become more prevalent.

Social issues facing adolescents may include, but not limited to: neglect, physical and sexual abuse, juvenile justice issues including truancy, dating and domestic violence issues and basic human needs. Unresolved health and social issues may seriously impede a child's ability to succeed in school which may result in dropping out of school.

The FRC health component incorporates the national Coordinated School Health model. Coordinated School Health (CSH) is recommended by the CDC as a strategy for improving students' health and learning in our nation’s schools. The healthy development of children and adolescents is influenced by many societal institutions. After the family, the school is the primary institution responsible for the development of young people in the United States.

  • Coordinating the many parts of school health into a systematic approach can enable schools to
  • Eliminate gaps and reduce duplication across the many initiatives and funding sources
  • Build partnerships and teamwork among school health and education professionals in the school
  • Build collaboration and enhance communication among public health, school health, and other education and health professionals in the community
  • Focus efforts on helping students engage in protective, health-enhancing behaviors and avoid risk behaviors.

The CSH model involves the following components: Health Education, Physical Education, Nutrition Services, Health Services, Counseling & Social Psychological Services; Healthy & Safe School Environment, Family & Community Involvement and Health Promotion for Staff. For a complete description of each CSH component, see Appendix K.

Target Population
Youth in middle and high schools

Goal of Component

To improve the overall health and well-being of students and increase their ability to succeed in school by addressing the coordinated school health components*, safety and oral health, thereby promoting a lifetime of personal wellness.

*Coordinated school health components include:

  • Physical education,
  • Health services,
  • Nutrition,
  • Counseling/Psychological services,
  • Social services,
  • Health promotion for staff,
  • Family/Community  


  • To improve the health and well-being of Kentucky youth and families
  • To decrease instances of child neglect and abuse
  • To increase school attendance
  • To increase academic achievement
  • To improve graduation rate
  • To provide successful transition into adult life

Methods of Service Delivery

To facilitate or make referrals to quality preventive health and/or social services for students such as:

Health Services:

  • Preventive health education (nutrition, hygiene, etc.)
  • Immunizations
  • 6th grade entry required physicals
  • Sports physicals
  • Oral health
  • Injury prevention
  • Behavioral health
  • Vision screening and services
  • Exercise/fitness classes
  • Health fairs
  • HIV and AIDS education
  • Teen pregnancy prevention and services (Postponing Sexual Involvement, Reducing the Risk and Baby Think it Over)
  • Kynect – (KCHIP, Medicaid, other health insurance)
  • Safety education (distracted

Social Services:

  • Child abuse and neglect prevention
  • Juvenile justice and legal services
  • Dating violence/Domestic violence prevention
  • Teen pregnancy prevention and services (Postponing Sexual Involvement, Reducing the Risk and Baby Think it Over)
  • Referrals for housing
  • Explore options for transportation services
  • Child abuse prevention

Collaborative Partners

  • American Cancer Society
  • Area health councils
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Colleges of Dentistry
  • Colleges of Medicine
  • Colleges of Nursing
  • Dentists
  • Department for Juvenile Justice
  • Easter Seals
  • Faith Communities
  • Fire Departments
  • Health Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • Lions Clubs
  • Local Health Departments
  • Local Advocacy and Support agency
  • Local and State Police
  • March of Dimes
  • Nurses
  • Nutritionists
  • Optometrists
  • Parents
  • Pharmacies
  • Physicians
  • Regional Prevention Centers
  • YMCA

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased school attendance
  • Increased immunization rate
  • Decrease student dropout and increase graduation rate
  • Increased number of student physicals
  • Increased preventive health knowledge
  • Improved academic success
  • Decrease obesity rate
  Needs Assessment Resources
  • Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • Developmental Assets Survey
  • FRYSC survey data
  • Health Departments
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • KIDS Count data
  • Local Advocacy and Support
  • Local juvenile crime statistics
  • School and district data
  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey Development


Dropout Prevention and successful transition to adult life are two of the non-cognitive indicators that KDE has identified as precursors to student success. For many middle and high school students, aspiring for a career after high school, finding a job to provide some additional support for themselves and/or their family and learning how to find and hold a job can be rewarding experiences. A critical aspect of this core component is college and career readiness - preparing youth for future education and the world of work.

Target Population

Youth, over 12 years of age

Goal of Component

To promote college and/or career readiness for all students by preparing them for future employment and successful transition into adult life through collaboration with school and community resources.


  • To prepare students for future employment
  • To provide a successful transition to adult life
  • To improve the graduation rate
  • To increase the number of students obtaining post-secondary education, whether it is a university, vocational/technical college or skill training.
Methods of Service Delivery

Types of activities, programs and services that would fall under this core component are:

  • Career exploration and awareness activities
  • Job shadowing activities
  • Career fairs
  • Tours of colleges and universities
  • Tours of companies, factories and other employers
  • Learning how to prepare a resume
  • Interviewing skills
  • How to dress for success
  • Job finding and job holding skills
  • Training in a number of areas such as babysitting, lawn care, life guarding, caddying, and so forth
  • Service learning projects
  • Conservation/agricultural projects
  • Reality Stores

Collaborative Partners

  • Colleges/Universities
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Job Corp Programs
  • FFA
  • In-school partners
  • Junior Achievement Programs
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • Local business and industry
  • Local Chamber of Commerce
  • Reality Stores Program
  • School to Work Programs
  • Service learning programs
  • Vocational/technical schools
  • Work Investment Act

Expected Outcomes

  • The major outcomes associated with this core component are:
  • Better awareness of the world of work
  • Better understanding of one’s own skills and aptitudes for certain types of work
  • Understanding the correlation between staying in school and higher paying jobs
  • Learing about employer expectations and the work ethic
  • Learning how to respect others and to work together as a team
  • Increased motivation to stay in school and to achieve
  • Increased ability for independent

The major non-cognitive areas of impact that are addressed:

  • Reduced rate of dropout
  • Successful transition into adult life

Needs Assessment Resources

  • Area Development Districts (ADD office)
  • Area Workforce Development
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Department for Employment Services
  • Developmental Assets Survey
  • FRYSC data
  • Kentucky Department of Education (School to Work Programs, Service Learning)
  • KIDS Count data

(YSC) Summer and part-time job development for high school students


The primary purpose of this core component is to introduce young people to the labor market and the world of work through a meaningful employment experience.

As young people approach adulthood, the need to become financially secure and self-sufficient becomes stronger. A positive work experience can provide young people with a sense of pride and self-respect. It eliminates idle time and prevents them from engaging in negative activities.

Target Population

Youth of high school age (Because of federal Child Labor Law restrictions, opportunities for youth under the age of 16 are limited; therefore, it is essential to be familiar with the Child Labor Laws and their restrictions.)

Goal of Component

To introduce students to the world of work through education, job-related skills, and work experience by collaborating with community resources. Twenty-first century skills such as critical-thinking, problem-solving, goal-setting, leadership and decision-making will be emphasized.


  • Provide employment opportunities for students
  • Introduce youth to real work environments
  • Encourage students to stay in school
  • Increase employment opportunities in the future
  • Increase higher earning potential in the future
  • Improve the graduation rate
  • Provide successful transition into adult life

Methods of Service Delivery

  • Centers may address this core component in a variety of ways. Activities may include:
  • Development of a center-operated job bank
  • Apprenticeships in the community, school or FRYSC
  • Entrepreneurial programming
  • Job Fairs
  • Provide local resource guide to employers of youth
  • Development of service-oriented job clinics such as: baby-sitting, lawn services, grocery delivery for the elderly, refereeing ball games, caddying, junior life guarding, pet care and house-sitting for families, etc.
  • Volunteer opportunities

Collaborative Partners

  • Area Development Districts
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Employment Services
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • Local business and industry
  • Local business associations
  • Local hospital
  • Parents
  • Private Citizens
  • Red Cross
  • Senior Citizens Center
  • Temporary employment agencies
  • WIA
  • YMCA
  • Youth serving

Expected Outcomes

The major outcomes associated with this core component are:

  • Increased motivation to stay in school and achieve success
  • Better understanding of the labor market
  • Ability to perform certain types of work
  • Ability to work closely with a team or independently
  • Ability to accept authority and follow directions
  • Greater sense of self-worth

The major non-cognitive areas of impact that are addressed:

  • Dropout prevention
  • Increased graduation rate
  • Successful transition into adult life

Needs Assessment Sources

  • Employment Services
  • FRYSC data
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • Local youth employment statistics

(YSC) Substance Abuse Education and Counseling


Youth surveys and state data show an alarming number of youth abuse alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs. Prescription drug and heroin abuse is on the rise, as well. Alcohol use is a major contributing factor in suicides and motor vehicle crashes, which are the leading causes of death and disability among young people in the United States. Cigarette and smokeless tobacco use is prevalent among youth in Kentucky and is a major cause of cancers, heart disease and lung disease.

Through a collaborative effort between the Youth Services Centers and other school and community resources, activities are suggested to respond to this growing problem.

Target population

Youth in middle and high schools

Goal of Component

To assist in the prevention of the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) and improve decision-making skills by educating students and families; and the reduction of ATOD use through coordination of counseling services and education.


  • To improve the health and well-being of our students
  • To increase the graduation rate and decrease the dropout rate
  • To provide successful transition into adult life
  • To increase student awareness of the effects of substance abuse and decrease episodes of substance abuse through education and treatment
  • To empower youth to make healthy choices and decisions

Methods of Service Delivery

Types of activities, programs, and services that would be highlighted under this core component are:

  • Individual and group drug and alcohol counseling
  • DARE
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Drug and alcohol education programs for students and parents
  • Smoking cessation programs
  • Support a SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club
  • Peer mentoring

Collaborative Partners

  • Al-Anon and Alateen
  • American Cancer Society
  • Area Health Councils
  • Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • Champions Against Drugs
  • Hospitals
  • Kentucky-ASAP
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • Local Drug Coalitions
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Police Department
  • Regional Prevention Centers
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapters
  • Title IV Coordinators

Expected Outcomes

  • Decrease the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) in middle and high school students.
  • Increase the awareness of the effects ATOD use by middle, junior and high school students.
  • Increase the collaborative efforts with existing school and community resources to address the identified needs related to substance abuse of students and their families.
  • Decrease ATOD

Needs Assessment Sources

  • American Cancer Society
  • Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • Developmental Assets Survey
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • KIP Survey data
  • Local Health Department
  • Local Regional Prevention Centers
  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey

(YSC) Family Crisis and Mental Health Counseling


Families face many challenges that have a direct bearing upon the academic success of students at the middle, junior and high school levels. Students in jeopardy of failing during their middle school experience may see “dropping out” of high school as their only alternative. The ability to succeed may be affected by any number of personal issues such as: divorce, death, anger control, violence, lack of self-esteem, teen pregnancy, bullying, depression or family crisis.

The availability of individual or group mental health counseling may allow the student the outlet needed to work through personal and family issues. While working through these problems with professional guidance, the student can often return to a higher level of academic accomplishment. The provision of peer support groups may foster a climate of strength for many students whose personal issues may seem insurmountable.

Target population

Youth in middle and high schools and their families

Goal of Component

To increase self-management and coping strategies by assisting students and families with mental health needs and/or other crises through the identification and coordination of services (i.e. for grief, illness, bullying, incarceration, dating/domestic violence, loss of income, child abuse, etc.)


  • To reduce the number of students dropping out of high school
  • To reduce the number of discipline referrals
  • To reduce absences due to unresolved personal issues
  • To increase self-esteem and individual coping skills
  • To improve academic standing for students
  • To improve the graduation rate
  • To provide a successful transition into adult life

Methods of Service Delivery

  • Engagement of parents
  • Referral to local mental health counseling provider
  • Referral to school guidance counselor/school psychologist
  • Contract with local mental health agencies for services
  • Educate faculty and staff on confidential referral system
  • Ensure that all providers have appropriate credentials and training
  • Provision of services at a time and place convenient for students
  • Collaboration with or development of a crisis response plan
  • Bullying education
  • Education on appropriate use of social media

Collaborative Partners

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Action
  • Department for Community Based Services
  • Court designated worker
  • Department for Juvenile Justice
  • Family support agencies (i.e. Food bank, Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc.)
  • Hospice
  • Hospitals
  • Mental health agencies
  • Ministerial associations
  • Parents
  • Private practitioners
  • School counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Seminaries

Expected Outcomes

  • Students, families and staff will have increased awareness of mental health issues.
  • Improved coping skills
  • Parents will have access to services for their children who are coping with personal issues that require professional support.
  • Students who need mental health services and/or support groups will have access to them in a non-threatening environment.
  • Students who receive mental health counseling and other necessary support functions will learn healthy coping skills, have fewer absences, fewer at-risk behaviors and will be less likely to demonstrate violent or aggressive behaviors.
  • The community should notice less violence and gang related activity when student issues are dealt with in a preventive manner.

Needs Assessment Sources

  • CHFS/Dept. for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
  • Developmental Assets Survey
  • DCBS
  • FRYSC data
  • Hospitals
  • In-school partners
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Students and parents
  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey


Josh Payne, Director
Bardstown High School
400 N 5th St
Bardstown, KY 40004
Bardstown High School

400 N. 5th Street
Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone (502) 331-8802
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