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YouthPlaces was founded as a community response to an overwhelming need for afterschool programs for teens in high-risk, underserved communities. Established in 1997 through the Youth Crime Prevention Council comprised of civic, community and corporate leaders, YouthPlaces began with 5 sites and 500 youth, and has evolved to seventeen sites serving over 4,000 youth annually. In 2005, YouthPlaces incorporated as an independent not-for-profit, and in 2012, YouthPlaces established a hub center on Pittsburgh’s Northside that houses managerial offices and program opportunities.

Our Mission

YouthPlaces will ensure that underserved, high risk youth ages 12-18 engage in quality after school programs within their own neighborhoods that are shaped by the community and youth leaders in order to develop the skills of youth and increase their opportunity for success, is the foundation for the programs and services that we offer to youth.

About Us

YouthPlaces has a successful history of reaching the unreached, and working with teens that are at-risk and underserved, improving their opportunities for a successful transition to the next phase of life. YouthPlaces’ promise of success lies in the organization’s ability to effectively outreach and involve youth in positive experiences and support their personal development as demonstrated in an evaluation of YouthPlaces, by The Office of Child Development, which concluded:

“Well before coming to YouthPlaces, youth have typically been on an incremental path of disengagement… As staff begin to engage participants in more directed youth development opportunities such as academic tutoring, mentoring, and job readiness programs, with sustained engagement youth begin to see pathways for positively engaging/re-engaging in mainstream educational and employment opportunities and are thus in a better position to achieve outcomes such as high school graduation, secondary education, and employment” (OCD, 2011).

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