About YSI 2017-09-25T09:15:08+00:00

About Us

Strengthening Families, Helping At-Risk Teens, Promoting Child Safety

Youth Service, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has provided immediate shelter and support services to Philadelphia’s children, youth and families for over 65 years. YSI offers unique programs and niche services throughout the city, including Philadelphia’s only Crisis Nursery Programs and the largest shelter in the area for homeless and runaway teens. Through shelter, counseling, and in-home support services, YSI reaches more than 5,000 clients annually, the majority of whom live below the poverty level.

Our Mission

Youth Service, Inc. (YSI) is dedicated to strengthening the family unithelping at-risk teens and promoting child safety. For more than 65 years, YSI has upheld a tradition of excellence, dedicated to meeting the changing needs of children and families in Philadelphia. Our mission is to offer accessible, quality services to at-risk children and families. We accomplish this by providing comprehensive services that strengthen families, foster self-sufficiency and develop the health and well-being of children and the family unit.

 

 

 

ANNUAL REPORT

YSI offers:

  • Emergency shelter for homeless and runaway teens
  • 24-hour emergency care for young children
  • Parenting skills classes and counseling
  • Truancy prevention services
  • Family-based services in the home

YSI receives funds from:

  • The Philadelphia Department of Human Services
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Departments of Human Service, Education and Agriculture
  • Foundations, corporations, businesses, religious and philanthropic groups and individuals

Professional Affiliations:

YSI is a member of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the Child Welfare League of America and the PA Council of Children, Youth and Family Services. YSI is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Human Service.

United Way Workplace Giving

You can direct a donation to Youth Service, Inc. by designating our agency #00139 on your United Way pledge form.

Combined Federal Campaign Workplace Giving

Federal employees can direct a donation to Youth Service, Inc. by designating our agency #96778 on the Combined Federal Campaign form.

Supplier Diversity Policy

Please click here to view the agency’s Supplier Diversity Policy. There are currently no opportunities available at this time.

DOWNLOAD THE YSI ANNUAL REPORT (PDF)

Our History

For more than 65 years Youth Service, Inc. (YSI) has provided essential programs and support services to vulnerable children and families in Philadelphia. Created through the merger of two dedicated children’s residential programs, Bethesda Christian Home of Chestnut Hill and the Church Mission of Help, YSI was the first agency in Philadelphia to welcome children of all races to its programs. Its programs were established to provide compassionate, high-quality, child-focused care to all children regardless of their ethnic or religious background…READ MORE >

 

Giving To YSI

By contributing, you can help YSI provide much needed services to vulnerable children and families such as: shelter for homeless and runaway teens, 24-hour emergency care for young children, truancy prevention, counseling, and in-home support services. We count on the generous support of individual donors, foundations, businesses and faith communities to ensure that the more than 5,000 a year we serve receive excellent care.

 

 

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Leadership Team

Executive Director:
GWENDOLYN BAILEY, LSW

Email: gbailey@ysiphila.org
Phone: 215-222-3262 ext. 1027
Fax: 215-222-2352

Chief Financial Officer:
ROBERT J. GRANT

Email: rgrant@ysiphila.org
Phone: 215-222-3262 ext. 1017
Fax: 215-222-2352

Director, Youth Emergency Service:
TIM MASSAQUOI, MA

Email: tmassaquoi@ysiphila.org
Phone: 215-787-0633 ext. 1101
Fax: 215-787-0152

Director, Family Based Prevention Services:
ERICA MAKOWSKI, MSW

Email: emakowski@ysiphila.org
Phone: 215-848-6200 ext. 1012
Fax: 215-842-0417

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of industry experts, community leaders and dedicated child advocates who work tirelessly on behalf of Philadelphia’s children and families.

Officers:

President:
SARA S. MORAN
Free Library of Philadelphia

Vice President:
MARY CATHERINE ROPER, ESQ.
American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania

Treasurer:
KYLIUS JONES
Retired, Certified Public Accountant

Secretary:
SHEILA B. DAVIDSON
Retired, Community Volunteer

Members:

CHRISTOPHER ARLENE
U.S. Army Reserve

AMY CRIBBS
Vanguard

JENNA HARRIS
A Baby Step Adoption

CRISTINA HOYT
Dupont

ERIC KASPIN
Conner Strong & Buckelew

JEFFREY LEBER
Bridgers Schill Wealth Management Group

AJAY REWARI
AdvisorFox

NANCY ROTH
Counselor, Private Practice

ROBIN SAMPSON, ESQ.
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

ANNA L. WIGGINS
Retired, Community Volunteer

LINDA WOLOHAN
Vanguard

Youth Service, Inc.
410 N. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: 215-222-3262
Fax: 215-222-2352
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