The Youth and Family Center is a non profit organization that strives to help youth, families and older adults attain self-sustaining lives by providing innovative social, educational and recreational resources and to serve as an anchor for the near North Side of St. Louis.
The Youth and Family Center began in 1888 as the Ethical Society of St. Louis serving German and Polish immigrants. In 1909 the Neighborhood House at Nineteenth and O’Fallon Streets was purchased. In 1911 a new association was incorporated under the title “Neighborhood Association”. In 1944 the organization relocated to its current location on Twentieth Street where it has remained for 64 years. In 1995 the Board of Directors changed the name to The Youth and Family Center (YFC) to better reflect the services being provided to the community.
AARP: Provides a retired volunteer for our Reception Support and Aging Adults Program from its workforce readiness program.
Barnes Jewish Hospital: Provides meeting space to host on-site monthly support group sessions for Sickle Cell Disease patients.
Black Repertoire Theater: Provides instructions on public speaking and Drama to youth enrolled in Afterschool Program.
Children’s Hospital : Mobile vehicle provides free health and dental screenings for youth enrolled in our Summer Day Camp program.
Circus Harmony: Provide youth in Afterschool and Summer Day Camp programs with balance, agility, teamwork, dexterity, and other creative arts recreation.
Employment Connections: Provides employment and job readiness training to teens enrolled in Afterschool Program.
Grace Hill Health Care System : Provides health screenings to aging adults in our Jazzy Seniors Program.
Jackson Etiquette: Provides proper social etiquette training to youth and teens enrolled in Afterschool Program.
John Burroughs High School : Invites our youth to their “August Days” Summer Mentor Camp for two weeks.
Jefferson Memorial Parks : A grant from the National Parks Foundation provide transportation for our Summer Day Camp and Afterschool programs to experience the Old Court House, Mississippi Riverboat Ride, and Museum of Western Expansion at the Arch.
Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU): Provides critical thinking and social/community engagement training to teens enrolled in Afterschool Teen Program.
Optimist Club of St. Louis : The Optimist Club is an international youth organization committed to supporting youth with positive activities to promote a positive and health outlook on life. They support us with volunteers and funding annually.
St. Louis Internship Program: Provides teens as Camp Counselors for Summer Day Camp.
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) : Provides teens to work as counselors for our Summer Day Camp.
St. Louis Art Museum : provides art instructors to offer two months of art lessons and projects for youth.
St. Louis Community College : Provides instructors for our youth and adults computer literacy classes.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department: Provides volunteer coach for Late-Nite Basketball League.
Washington University Olin School of Business: Provides Business School Fellow to serve on Board of Directors.
Wyman Center: Provides technical support to staff facilitators of Wyman Teen Outreach Program (TOP) Clubs.