Pittsford Youth Services

In light of recent developments regarding COVID-19, Pittsford Youth Services' social workers will NOT BE SEEING CLIENTS IN PERSON, as per Monroe County recommendations, but will be available by phone, e-mail or teletherapy sessions.

Our primary concern is the safety, health and well-being of the families we serve. PYS’s goal is to ensure continued access to clinical social work and mental health services during the pandemic. Addressing your social-emotional and mental health needs, as well as insuring the physical health and well-being of the Pittsford community and our staff, are our most important priorities at this time.

PYS is here for you, and that has not changed.

For any mental health concerns or support that you or your family may need, please contact:

Loraine Young, LCSW-R, Executive Clinical Director
phone 585-280-6610
e-mail Lyoung@pittsfordyouthservices.org

Below are some resources you may find helpful.

The Child Mind Institute - Coping During Covid-19: Resource for Parents

PBS - How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

National Association of School Psychologists - Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource

The Center for Loss - How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Dougy Center - Supporting Children and Teens When Someone is Dying

Due to the cancelling of the Duck Drop, our main fundraiser, we are asking for the community's help.

Please consider donating by clicking on the button below. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.



At this time the Duck Drop has unfortunately been postponed due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

We hope to reschedule the event later in the year.

Stay tuned for more information this summer.

2020 Sponsorship Levels

ADMIRAL: $1500+

  • Corporate Team Tickets for 30 Racing Ducks
  • Premier location of logo on event T-Shirt
  • Premier signage location at the event
  • Advertised as a Presenting Sponsor in all marketing materials


  • Corporate Team Tickets for 20 Racing Ducks
  • Prime location of logo on event T-Shirt
  • Prime signage location at the event
  • Advertised as a Prime Sponsor in all marketing materials


  • Corporate Team Tickets for 10 Racing Ducks
  • Main location of logo on the event T-Shirt
  • Main signage at the event
  • Advertised as a Main Sponsor in all marketing materials


  • Listing on event T-Shirt
  • Signage at the event
  • Advertised as a Sponsor in all marketing materials

Click here to sponsor online.

If your child or you need help with:

  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Family issues
  • School pressures
  • Peer relationships
  • School avoidance
  • Substance use/abuse

Here is some of what we offer:

  • Individual, group, and family counseling
  • Parenting support
  • Peer group programs
  • Help with accessing community resources
  • Informative programming in collaboration with the schools and the PTSA

Please call us at 264-0604 to set up an appointment.

For more information please click HERE.

A free three-day summer bereavement camp for children who have lost a loved one and are struggling with that loss.

Help and Healing for Grieving Children

Grief is difficult for everyone. It can be especially confusing for children who do not have the life experiences and resources adults draw on during difficult times. Camp helps fill that gap.

Our Summer 2020 camp will be at the Nazareth campus from July 8th - 10th. For more information please click HERE.
Click HERE for the registration form with instructions. The camp fills up quickly, registration ends on May 30th.

To see pictures of the camp click HERE.

If you'd like to make an online donation, please click the Donate button below. You will then be directed to the PayPal secure website where you can enter your donation amount and complete your credit card transaction.


Here is just a part of what we were able to provide for the community in 2019:

Over 2,000 counseling sessions were provided to more than 250 families.

Peer groups met throughout the year to address critical issues such as grief and loss, family relationships and divorce/separation.

45 children were able to attend Camp Heartstrings at no cost to the families.

Families, who otherwise would have been unable to access or afford the necessary support, received services at our offices at no charge, thanks to the PYS “Family Fund.”

PYS collaborated with PCSD and PTSA to offer educational programming for parents and teens.

To find out more click HERE.

Photo courtesy of Peter Thomas

Help Us Make A Difference.

Bettering the social, emotional and mental health of our children and families is critical to the overall health of our community, and at the core of what PYS does every day. Any financial contribution you are able to make is valued and very much appreciated.

Please help us by letting us know which campaign, if any, brought you here.





Your contibution is tax-deductible and will help to ensure that PYS can continue to provide affordable services to Pittsford youth and their families.

36 Back To School Psychology Resources

Psychology’s insights can help teachers manage behavior problems, motivate students, assist struggling learners handle stress and much more. It can also help parents tackle issues like back to school stress, motivation issues, and resilience. The following are the categories that are covered.

  • For parents and teachers looking to ease the transition of a new school year.
  • For teachers seeking resources on how to best support their students.
  • For teachers seeking resources on how to best support themselves.
  • For high school psychology teachers looking for great resources to use in their classroom.

To read the article full article, click HERE.

The 7 Cs: Essential Building Blocks of Resilience









Preparing children and teens to THRIVE through both good and challenging times.

Young people live up or down to expectations we set for them. They need adults who believe in them unconditionally and hold them to the high expectations of being compassionate, generous, and creative.

For more information on communicating with your teen:
Center for Parent and Teen Communication


Pittsford Youth Services, Inc. (PYS) is dedicated to providing youth and their families with confidential, professional and affordable social work services in the schools and Pittsford community. PYS strives to enhance social and emotional well-being through counseling, advocacy, educational programs and informational services.


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