The Youth and Family Center

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.

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Address: 818 Cass Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63106
Phone Number: 314-231-1147
The Youth and Family Center (YFC) 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. Programs that the agency offers:
Sickle Cell Awareness-providing awareness and support about Sickle Cell Disease through support group, workshops and community outreach
Teen Outreach-engaging teens with skills such as leadership, volunteerism, college readiness. employee readiness and etiquette
After school-Youth ages 5-13 are offered enrichment programs, homework assistance and a snack and meal
Summer Day camp-9 theme weeks of fun learning, physical and social activities
Senior Program-Seniors 55 and older engage in social interaction through bingo, fun outings, health presentations and more
Sports Program-Youth ages 5-13 are offered sports through baskeyball, t-ball and baseball
Family Assistance-hlidau assistance, food baskets and out of school meals for youth
Success story from a longstanding client:

My name is Jerita Carpenter. I want to discuss how the Youth and Family Center and its program has impacted my life. Growing up, I lived directly across the street from the center. I participated in both the summer day camp and the summer programs. These programs provided a safe haven for me and my siblings where I could be involved in different activities such as basketball, kickball, playing tag, shooting pool arts and crafts, field trips, assistance with homework and the list goes on and on.
Let's fast forward to 20 years later. I am a mother of four children that are ages 18, 13, 8, and 3. Three of my four children have been able to participate in the services that the YFC offers. The summer day camp is an affordable, enriched program that allows my children to bond with other children in the community, learn different sports and games that teaches them teamwork, they go on different fieldtrips and receive delicious and nutritious meals. One of the many aspects about the program, I appreciate is that my children receive swimming. Minorities drown at higher rate, because of the lack of access to facilities and training. The program allows my children to explore many activities that they may very well have not experienced without the summer program.
Another program that I am truly grateful for is Sickle Cell Disease Program. My son has Sickle Cell SC and both my daughter and I carry the trait. The program not only educates and provides awareness to the disease, but also provides support. There are still so many people who are not informed about not just how the disease affect the individual diagnosed but the entire family as well. The sickle cell support group meetings gives me the strength and hope to keep pushing during the hard times with the disease impacts my child. In the support group I am able to share my stories, voice my concerns and share my fears as it relates to my family. The people in the group are an extended family that has firsthand knowledge of what we all go through in the Sickle Cell Disease World.
I could go on and on the services and program and the Youth and Family Center. I am happy to be a part of the population in which the center the serves. It has made a strong impact on many life experiences that not just myself, but my children as well have gotten to be a part of.