The Youth Service Bureau has provided programs for area schools and families since 1982
Our primary goal is to provide comprehensive crisis and intervention services to children, youth and families in Allen County.
However, we do much more:
- We advocate for youth by giving them the tools, skills and support they need to succeed.
- We intervene in truancy cases to help youth avoid the juvenile justice system.
- We educate youth on available resources and valuable tools.
- We provide resources by networking with other organization and service agencies in Allen County.
- We foster commitment to change by providing insight to problems and realistic solutions.
- We equip youth and their families with training, resources and support, enabling them to make changes, bridge gaps and overcome obstacles.
Please contact our staff to find out how we can make a difference for you!
Armed with gallons of paint, youth involved in community service paint over graffiti throughout the area. In 22 years, we have cleaned graffiti from more than 69,000 sites in Fort Wayne. To report graffiti to be removed, call the Anti-Graffiti Hotline at 260.449.4747.
Family Group Decision Making
Working together with families of at-risk youth and professional facilitators, we help develop an action plan while teaching families to recognize and utilize their own strengths to fix current problems and prevent future conflicts.
Hope for Youth
This new initiative by the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is expanding on our programming for youth and teens to provide safe places and great role models helping young people find direction or get back on track. The services we provide at the Youth Service Bureau (YSB) helps to keep youth out of the juvenile justice system and keep them attending school. YSB also runs a runaway prevention program called National Safe Place. Services are expanding with the addition of a Youth Advocate to give additional mentoring and coaching to young people.
Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Locations include: libraries, YMCA’s fire stations, public buses, various businesses, and social service facilities. To find out what locations for a Safe Place near you click here.
Status Offender Court Alternative Program (SOCAP)
Partnering with local school districts and courts, SOCAP works to keep youth in school and on track to graduation and avoid the juvenile justice system by providing them with problem-solving skills to create individual action plans.
“Thank you guys for all motivating me to stay in school and worry about my grades. I’m motivated to finish this year strong, and I hope to succeed with flying colors next year.”
- SOCAP program graduate
Working with youth in crisis to provide one on one and group mentoring, our Youth Advocates engage young people from YMCA intervention programs, primarily from the SOCAP – truancy intervention program. Youth have a mentor who connects them to needed services, tracks their school progress, engages them in career exploration, and provide character education. Youth advocates work with their students all year long for multiple years at a time. This intensive service provides positive role models and hope for the future for some of our communities most vulnerable youth.