8th Annual Tows 4 Tots A Success!

In case you missed it, here is a video to capturing our 8th annual Tows for Tots event. Video and Photo credit to one of our wonderful volunteers Michelle Carvalho.



This past weekend more than 105 tow truckers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland gathered at the Baring House Crisis Nursery to deliver Christmas gifts for the children and teens served by YSI. This was the 8th annual year that “Tri-State Area Tow 4 Tots” has collected and delivered gifts on behalf of YSI youth and their caretakers.

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“Tow 4 Tots” is organized by Dave and Charles Norton of North Philadelphia-based Norton Tow Squad and their network of towers and friends. The Nortons began the holiday drive to thank YSI on behalf of their nephews, who were residents of YSI’s Baring House Group Home in the late 1980s. The Nortons have continued to support YSI through these efforts for the past 8 years and we’re proud to say this was the biggest event to date!

My Life, My Future Conference Educates & Entertains Philly Teens

IMG_3111 for CCThe 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 “Nas” Cunningham.

Recent Central High School graduate Brandon Hubert MC’d much of the proceedings, including a dance contest and karaoke sing-off, while workshop facilitators like Antionette Capri engaged teens in critical discussions around important topics, including financial planning and sexual health.

To get involved with next year’s conference, email STOP program coordinator Carla Johnson at carlajurisd@aol.com.

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 www.phillyteenconference.com 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 mharrington@ysiphila.org.

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 wlittle@ysiphila.org.

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