YES is the local affiliate of National Safe Place which is a network of sites across the country to provide access to immediate help and supportive resources for all young people in crisis. Safe Place educates and engages the community on ways to recognize youth in need and how to connect them to resources including temporary shelter. There are a network of Safe Place sites throughout Philadelphia that have volunteers who can support and connect youth in need to YES. Look for the black and yellow signs. YSI has been a member of National Safe Place since 2007. For more information about the program or you would like to learn more about becoming a Safe Place site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 215-787-0633, x112
Family Based Services and Parenting Education
Crittenton Family Support Center
The Crittenton Family Support Center, also housing the Sunnycrest Family Support Center, provides home-based services and supports to families who voluntarily request assistance. Family Empowerment Service (FES) provides trauma sensitive, community based support services for families. Case managers collaborate with families in their homes to observe, guide and monitor their children’s well being and help make connections to community based resources, often helping to coach the parent or caregiver to ensure maximum success in connecting to vital resources. Case managers work with families to achieve the goals of improved parenting skills and strengthening the family unit. Services are provided to families without cost. Please contact Bernice Andrews, 215-848-6200, x1012 or email@example.com for more information.
Click here to download a flier with information about FES.
Our Truancy Prevention Program works with students attending public and charter schools in the northwest area of Philadelphia. Youth in the program are considered truant based on the number of absences recorded by their school. They have 8 or more unexcused absences. Tier I is the first level of intervention designed to engage families early in the process and avert a referral to regional Truancy Court. Referrals to this program come directly from the School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia’s Department of Human services. Case Managers make home and school visits to identify and alleviate the issues and factors leading to truancy. They also link to families to community resources that could support their child’s success in school. Families in this program are required to appear in Regional Truancy Court and can be referred to Family Court should the truancy issues not be remediated. To learn more, please contact Bernice Andrews at 215-848-6200, x1012 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Enhancing Parenting Program is a parenting education and support group that meets in cycles of 12, two hour sessions. The interactive curriculum focuses on: improving parents’ ability to identify, express, process and manage feelings; increase parents’ understanding of child development; increase parents’ understanding of the varied approaches to positive parenting including increased knowledge of nurturing and responsive parenting interactions. The groups also support parents in learning about and supporting their child’s educational needs.
Enrollment is open ended. YSI holds classes at agency locations or offers the program at area shelter. Participants include custodial and non-custodial parents, caregivers and individuals expecting their first child. For information, please contact Erica Makowski at 215-848-6200, x1028 or email@example.com
In 1990 Youth Service, Inc. pioneered the crisis nursery model in Philadelphia when it established the Sally Watson Crisis Nursery in Germantown. Crisis Nurseries offer parents, grandparents and other caregivers safe, emergency, short term care for pre-school children at risk of harm or neglect. The crisis nursery model is founded on evidence that parental stress is directly related to child abuse and the centers exist to provide the additional support to the adult caregivers so that they can comfortably take care of activities related to their own and their children’s well being. Parents and caregivers use the Crisis Nurseries while managing family and medical emergencies, appointments, court, housing issues or other activities where they are unable to take young children with them. Families also use the Crisis Nurseries while searching for work, searching or waiting for regular day care and for respite from the demands of parenting.
There are two center, Baring House, located in West Philadelphia, provides care 24 hours each day; Sally Watson, in Germantown, provides care Monday through Friday from 6am to 7pm. Both centers are licensed by PA Department of Human Services.
The Crisis Nurseries have a long term impact by strengthening families through connections to community resources and supports, helping parents problem solve.
Services and resources include:
24 hour emergency care for children under the age of 6
Referrals and support for parents in distress
Referrals to parenting classes and resources to meet the family’s needs
Links to developmental assessments and services for children
3401 Baring Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sally Watson Center
5128 Wayne Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144