Program Overview

TORCH brings the Wyman Teen Outreach Program (TOP), an evidenced based program, to teens in Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties. Teens who participate develop strong social-emotional skills, learn to build healthy relationships, avoid risky behaviors, and develop a sense of purpose.

Teen Outreach for Regional Community Health (TORCH) will improve the health of adolescents in Oneida, Madison, and Herkimer Counties by implementing positive youth development programming and providing supports to youth and their caregivers. TORCH is funded through the Office of Populations Affairs to optimally change the map for teen pregnancy prevention. TORCH will implement effective programming with youth in grades 6-12 who have mental, emotional and/ or behavioral health challenges, are involved with the foster care system, or juvenile justice system, or are experiencing homelessness or displacement. TORCH will implement the Wyman Teen Outreach Program (TOP), a positive youth development program.

TOP is a 9-month evidence-based program, supported by years of strong external research, integrates three core components:

  • Interactive, engaging lessons from the TOP curriculum are facilitated during weekly group meetings. Lessons include content such as emotion management, problem solving, goal setting, and adolescent health and wellness. The curriculum is inclusive of youth from different backgrounds, and designed to be sensitive to trauma that participants may have experienced.

  • Teens have opportunities to give back to their communities and practice the skills they have learned by engaging in community service learning. These opportunities result in increased confidence, purpose, and connectedness to their communities.

  • Caring, responsive, and knowledgeable adult facilitators guide all group meetings and provide on-going support and coaching for students outside of those group meetings.


The project described was supported by Grant Number TP1AH000263-01-00 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs.

Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Population Affairs.



  • TORCH Facilitators implement TOP with youth in 6th-12th grade who have mental, emotional and/ or behavioral health challenges, are involved with the foster care system, or juvenile justice system, or are experiencing homelessness or displacement. TOP is currently implemented in preexisting programs (groups). 

Making A Referral

Please contact Emmie Petronio, TORCH Program Manager, at (315) 731-5611 or email


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  • Herkimer
  • Madison
  • Oneida


Our Team Approach

We embrace the Wraparound model for all of our care, services and programs. Our staff works collaboratively to develop and implement customized treatment plans for the individuals and families in our programs, and each team member contributes to our clients’ successes.

Empowerment & Support

At ICAN, we strive to empower and support individuals and families facing life challenges, by providing them with the tools to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. We assist them with succeeding in any goal they may have set, whether it be recovering from addiction, finding success in the classroom, creating a healthy home for their family as they anticipate the birth of a child, or seeking support and community resources, all while keeping families together as they process through their traumas.

Access To Resources

We connect individuals and families with critical community resources, such as access to physical and mental health providers, employment opportunities, housing options, peer support groups, and Wraparound services. We understand that access to some of these services can be difficult to attain during certain life challenges, and we are here to help individuals and families overcome this obstacle.

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