My Life, My Future Teen Conference Set For June 25

jasmin johnson for june 2014 e-newsWe are excited to announce that the My Life, My Future Teen Conference and Rally will take place on Wednesday, June 25 at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center. From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, teens in attendance will enjoy a free, fun-filled program featuring powerful speakers, a dance contest, dramatic performances, music and giveaways. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

The conference’s rap sessions will focus on a variety of important topics ranging from sexual health issues to “What Not to Wear.” Space is limited, so register today, and please share this information with your networks. Here is an overview of the details for the conference.

What: My Life, My Future Teen Conference and Rally: a free, uplifting teen-focused event

Who: Youth from ages 12 to 18 are eligible to attend

When: Wednesday, June 25 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center: 1755 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Contact: Visit or call 215-222-3262 x19 to register

Teen Lounge Grand Opening Three Weeks Away!

DSC_0022 for CCDavid is a high school student and a member of the Youth Advisory Committee of YSI’s Teen Lounge

As you may know, YSI is creating a teen lounge at their YES program. The lounge’s grand opening is Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. If you wish to attend this event please RSVP by calling Monique Harrington at 215-222-3262 x23 or emailing her at

Lounge at a Glance: Our teen lounge is designed to promote safety and positivity throughout our community. We will accomplish this goal by helping teens learn to deal with adversity when faced with difficult situations.

Qualifications: The lounge is for teenagers/young adults who are between the ages of 12 and 21. You must be a current or former youth at YES or you have to be a teenager who wants to have a chill spot after school and on Saturdays.

Announcements: YSI’s teen lounge is raising money and asking for donations that will assist the lounge in making certain that our youth succeed in everyday life and have a safe and comfortable environment to relax in.

Needed Donations Include:

• Beverages (juice, soda, and water)

• Snacks (non-perishables)

• Cell phone chargers (in good condition)

• DVDs and video games for XBOX and Wii

• Toiletries (deodorant, soap, female hygiene products)

• And of course…..MONEY!!!

Hope to see you all soon.

- David


National Safe Place Week: March 16 – 22!

Safe Place Image for CCNational Safe Place is a youth outreach program that educates thousands of young people every year about the dangers of running away or trying to resolve difficult, dangerous situations on their own. Across the country, participating youth-friendly businesses, schools, and other organizations extend the doors of emergency youth shelters by serving as Safe Place sites. When teens in crisis arrive at these locations, they are met by caring staff and volunteers and connected to emergency resources and housing.

National Safe Place Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of this important community resource among young people who might benefit from the service and adults who could potentially identify a teen in crisis or be affiliated with a future Safe Place site. For more information about the program, please contact Willie Little at 215-787-0633 or

You can support teens in crisis during National Safe Place Week by sharing the daily themed messages posted on our Facebook page and sent via our Twitter feed with your networks. This is a great way to get involved with an important cause from the comfort of your home in the time you have available. Look out for these daily themes throughout the week, and thanks for doing your part to make our community a safe place for youth in crisis.

National Safe Place Week Themed Days:

March 16 – Safe Place Story Sunday

March 17 – Media Monday

March 18 – TXT 4 HELP Tuesday

March 19 – We Stand Together Wednesday

March 20 – Thank You Thursday

March 21 – Safe Place Site Appreciation Friday

March 22 – Shelter Saturday

Tri-State Area Towers Bring Gifts to Children and Families

For the sixth year in a row the Tri-State Area Towers, a large group of tow truck drivers from the Delaware Valley Area and beyond, brought gifts and holiday cheer to Youth Service, Inc. children and families. The project, initiated by Charlie Norton of Norton Tow Squad, was an effort to help give back to children and families who could benefit from toys and gifts during this season.

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Dance & Dine to Support Homeless Youth on October 19th

On Saturday, October 19th, YSI’s Youth Emergency Service shelter will host a fun and inspiring event benefiting homeless youth in Philadelphia. Featuring great music courtesy of Rashaun “DJ Reezy” Williams, delicious food, and a raffle with prizes including an Android tablet, this will be an evening to remember. This event, which takes place from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, will be held in conjunction with events in San Diego and cities around the country to gain exposure for the nationwide youth homelessness crisis.

Admission, which includes dinner and a raffle ticket, is $15. If you want to support the event, but can’t stay, you’re welcome to pick up your dinner to go. You can also purchase additional raffle tickets for $3 a piece and take advantage of the delicious desserts at the event bake sale. Winning raffle numbers will be announced at the event and posted on YSI’s Facebook page afterwards for those unable to attend.

To purchase your admission ticket online, click here. Enter $15 or more in the One Time Donation Box and “Walk Event” in the Purpose line. Your name will be added to the registration list for the event. Donations to the event are accepted and greatly appreciated.

Event Info

National Walk to Save Homeless Youth – Soul Food Dinner and Dance
October 19, 2013
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Youth Emergency Service
1526 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

You can find the event on Facebook at If you have any questions, call Carla Johnson at 215-983-2495 or email her at

We look forward to seeing you there!