New Director of YES Teaches Teens that it’s the Way You Play the Game that Counts

Tim Massaquoi, the new director of YSI’s Youth Emergency Shelter (YES), could probably get the attention of the homeless and runaway teenagers who come to the shelter simply by dropping the fact that he’s a former NFL player.  But he prefers to take the less glamorous route instead—trying to relate to the kids through the […]

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 […]

Making A Difference

Volunteers who get involved with YSI are constantly demonstrating what it really means to care for others and believe in a cause. If you or anyone in your family has volunteered before you know it’s not for the faint of heart. It can be incredibly rewarding, but also challenging and requires a certain type of […]

New Superhero Staff Help Runaway and Homeless Youth

New Superhero Staff Help Runaway and Homeless Youth   Teens at YSI’s emergency shelter ( 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 […]