New Superhero Staff Help Runaway and Homeless Youth

New Superhero Staff Help Runaway and Homeless Youth   Teens at YSI’s emergency shelter (http://ysiphilly.org/programs/youth-emergency-service/) already count on two new staff to give them the extra support that homeless and runaway youth in Philadelphia need. Tim Massaquoi is the shelter’s Director, and Luke McKetta, stepped into the position of Supervisor. After their first month, they […]

W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Grant Awarded

We have big goals. But we can’t reach them alone. It is with great honor I announce that we have been chosen as the recipients of a W.W. Smith Charitable Trust F,C,&S grant to support our teen respite center for displaced youth and our family emergency fund.   With the funds awarded we aim to serve […]

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 […]

YES & The Title I Program: Encouraging Self Expression Through Technology

Lynda Hawkins is the Coordinator of YSI’s Title I Program This summer, students from the YES teen shelter attended an annual two week computer workshop through the Title I program designed to help them become more confident and effective writers through the use of technology. In the course, students are encouraged to be imaginative and […]

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 […]