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Volunteer Opportunities With YSI

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 [...]

2017-04-06T17:20:43+00:00 February 10th, 2017|YSI Stories|0 Comments

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 [...]

2017-04-07T15:07:52+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized, YSI Stories|0 Comments

Stepping Stones

Xavier was 14 years old when his great grandmother was hospitalized because of a stroke. He had lived with her for most of his life, and was apprehensive about living with his mother and younger siblings. Soon after moving in he learned that his mother suffered from uncontrolled bipolar disorder, which caused her to suffer [...]

2014-04-30T10:34:11+00:00 April 30th, 2014|Uncategorized, YSI Stories|0 Comments

Dr. Patrick McManus, PAFP Exemplary Teacher of the Year

YSI would like to extend our enthusiastic congratulations to Dr. Patrick McManus, Director of our JeffYES Medical Clinic, for being named the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians 2014 Exemplary Teacher of the Year! You can read more about Dr. McManus' contributions to his students at From all of us at YSI, thank you for your continued good [...]

2014-03-19T12:23:36+00:00 March 19th, 2014|Uncategorized, YSI Stories|0 Comments

There’s More to Life

When Dante's foster mother Diane was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and taken to live in a nursing home, he was abruptly placed with an unfamiliar foster family. Unable to cope with the abuse he suffered in his new family and missing the stability of Diane's home, he ran away. During this traumatic time he began [...]

2014-03-03T17:14:32+00:00 March 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized, YSI Stories|0 Comments

A Rainbow at the End of the Tunnel

“Childbirth is beautiful,” Jamira says. At eighteen, she plans to study towards becoming a midwife after graduating from high school in June. Her interests are varied and eclectic; in addition to her career in nursing she aspires to own an old-fashioned Southern bed and breakfast and considers a side-career in cosmetology. Near the end of [...]

2014-02-06T17:20:44+00:00 February 6th, 2014|Uncategorized, YSI Stories|0 Comments

A Safe Space For Teen Mothers

Not yet three years old, Amir has already lived through danger and uncertainty. He was born weighing less than four pounds to fifteen year old Reesheyma, who struggled to manage her frustration and anger as a single teen mother. Afraid to talk with anyone about her struggles, Reesheyma spent most of her time in her [...]

2013-08-14T10:08:41+00:00 August 14th, 2013|Uncategorized, YSI Stories|0 Comments

Thank You To Our Supporters

  Dear Friends, Your generosity, volunteer service, and advocacy help children and teens through crisis every day. Whether you gave recently to support our Teen Success program or collected toiletries for the youth at our YES shelter, you have impacted the lives of young people in need of support. And you're not alone; in fact, [...]

2013-08-05T11:51:57+00:00 August 5th, 2013|Uncategorized, YSI Stories|0 Comments

Opening teens’ eyes through Title I

For about 20 years, Title I educators Lynda Hawkins and Barbara Newkirk have been providing educational and cultural learning opportunities for the teens at Youth Emergency Service (YES) and the Locust Mother/Baby Group Home. This year, Lynda and Barbara have engaged YES teens in activities focused on Women's History Month, the Presidential Inauguration, the biographical Jackie [...]

2013-06-18T09:42:36+00:00 June 18th, 2013|Uncategorized, YSI Stories|0 Comments