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With a network of seventeen after school program sites for teens in the most underserved neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, YouthPlaces serves over 4,000 youth annually. Overwhelmingly, the majority of our youth have limited access to programs, exposure to education and careers, and little support post-high school; therefore YouthPlaces is committed to reaching youth who are not served by traditional services and ensures its sites are accessible to all teens. With an extensive range of youth-centered activities geared towards teens, YouthPlaces guides and supports youth as they work towards and achieve their goals and future success. Our goals for the upcoming year are:

  • Reaching Teens, Creating Opportunities: YouthPlaces provides a youth a safe place for teens to participate in after school programs within their own neighborhoods.
  • Encouraging, Supporting, Guiding: Through mentoring and case management, our staff work to promote the healthy, social, and emotional development of youth and their achievement of their goals.
  • Learning, Exploring, Reaching for the Stars: Through academic enrichment, youth participate in project-based learning activities to build communication and math skills, as well as to positively impact school performance and future success.
  • Paving a Pathway to Success: Our career development will engage in a 1,500 youth are engaged in range of activities that help develop foundational work readiness skills, connects youth to post-secondary education, and facilitates a successful transition post-high school.
  • Inspiring, Visioning, Believing: Youth leadership activities motivate youth to succeed by increasing social self-efficacy, self-assertive efficacy, and self-regulatory efficacy through participation in youth leadership activities designed to foster leadership skills, personal goal setting, community service, and team building.
  • Moving, Grooving, Growing: YP FIT helps teens improve awareness of nutrition and health and increase their level of fitness activity

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