Options for Youth is a DePelchin program that supports La Marque ISD students through counseling and advocacy.  Through the program, our counselors guide students toward making healthy choices while providing them with a safe environment where they can share their thoughts and feelings.  Options for Youth seeks to help students make strides emotionally, socially and academically.  Goals of the program include improved student behavior, improved family functioning, healthier responses to confrontation and increased awareness of the dangers of substance abuse.

Options for Youth services include:

  • Individual and family counseling
  • Psycho-educational groups
  • Advocacy on behalf of students
  • Referrals for basic needs and more intensive therapeutic care

Which students are eligible?

Options for Youth is designed for youths, ages 11 to 17, who are at risk for behavior problems at school or at home.  In order to receive services, students must attend either La Marque Middle School or La Marque High School and must be willing to participate in the program.  Students eligible for services must present issues of at-risk behavior, including, but not limited to:

  • Truancy
  • Substance abuse
  • Gang involvement
  • Bullying
  • Poor school performance (not due to a learning disability)
  • Running away
  • Classroom/school behavior problems
  • Grief and loss issues
  • Depression
  • Suicidal or self-mutilating ideation or behaviors

Contact Us

For more information on Options for Youth or to refer a student, contact us at 713.256.3204.