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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.

Bridging The Gaps at Youth Emergency Service

YSI is thankful for the Jefferson University Medical students who volunteer with us each year. JeffYES is a group who are actively involved with our youth shelter, and come one night per week during the school year to lead activities and play games with the youth.  However, this summer two of the volunteers went above […]

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 […]