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Our Mission

Youth Service, Inc. (YSI) is dedicated to strengthening the family unit, helping at-risk teens and promoting child safety. For more than sixty years, YSI has upheld a tradition of excellence, dedicated to meeting the changing needs of children and families in Philadelphia.

New Director of YES Teaches Teens that it’s the Way You Play the Game that Counts

Tim Massaquoi, the new director of YSI’s Youth Emergency Shelter (YES), could probably get the attention of the homeless and runaway teenagers who come to the shelter simply by dropping the fact that he’s a former NFL player.  But he prefers to take the less glamorous route instead—trying to relate to the kids through the […]

My Life, My Future Conference Educates & Entertains Philly Teens

The teens who participated in YSI’s 12th annual My Life, My Future Teen Conference danced, sang, listened, and dialogued throughout the course of the June 25 event. Attendees were treated to performances by a diverse set of musicians, including the sensational Central High School violinist Emmanuel Houndo, Rashaun “DJ Reezey” Williams, and harmonica/beat-boxing prodigy Nyier […]

I Feel Free Now

It wasn’t long ago that Carolyn fled from South Carolina to Philadelphia by plane with her children, each of them carrying their possessions in a single suitcase. Running from an abusive partner who she feared might kill her and harm her children, Carolyn arrived at the home of her brother’s family unsure of what her […]