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!

Happy Hour Fundraiser Set For July 31

happyhourJoin YSI’s Young Friends, board, and staff for an evening of good times for a good cause.

Come on out to Public House at 2 Logan Square (18th between Arch & Cherry) on Wednesday 7/31 from 5:30 to 7:30. A $5 contribution to YSI gets you drink specials for 2 hours – $4 select beers, $5 select wines and $6 specialty cocktails. You can find the event on Facebook here.

Donations will go towards a campaign to save Teen Success, a program that supports teen mothers in being positive parents and reaching their educational and work goals. The program is at risk of ending if we don’t raise $15,000 in order to fund the third year. Here’s the campaign on Razoo.

This summer, the non-profit that attracts the most guests in attendance of their event will be invited back to compete for a $3,000 donation from Public House, so help us fill the bar!

We’re looking forward to the event. See you there!

Ajay Rewari, Emily DiTomo, and Cristina Hoyt
Young Friends of YSI/YSI Board Members

Teen Conference set for June 26

2012 STOP ConferenceYSI’s Annual “My Life, My Future” Teen Conference will be held on June 26 at Temple’s Howard Gittis Student Center. For more than ten years this event has provided teens with an opportunity to learn and share about important issues like self-esteem, relationship violence, and building a successful future.

This year’s conference will feature inspiring speakers and informative workshops, many of which are led by high school and college students. The event will also include great entertainment, including DJ Reezy, Enon’s Steps of Faith, and PYPM spoken word finalist Jasmin Johnson. Lunch is provided.

We encourage you to register a teen (ages 13 – 18) for this one-day conference as soon as possible. Space is limited. We also have a number of volunteer opportunities.

Email or call 215-222-3262 ext. 80 to register a teen for the conference or to sign up to volunteer. You can find the event on Facebook at My Life, My Future Teen Conference 2013.