Youth Development Program

Our Youth Development Program provides children and teens with a positive alternative to the risky situations and environments prevalent in low-income neighborhoods. Our educationally focused program is preparing our youth for success in college, work and life.

LIFE NEEDS: We are feeding children, providing them a safe place to learn, and building their self-esteem. Hunger, poor nutrition and feelings of insecurity impact the ability to learn for children living in low-income communities. By meeting these vital life needs, we are helping them succeed and develop positive feelings about themselves and their potential.

LIFE SKILLS: We are providing our children with the support and skills they need to be successful in school, career and life. Our youth receive academic support to help them improve their performance in school, which is vital to their future learning and self-confidence. In addition, our youth learn conflict resolution, participate in cultural and art activities, and develop job and college readiness skills. Our children and teens receive drug and teen pregnancy prevention education and participate in community projects to build their awareness of civic responsibility.

LIFE DREAMS: Children who live in poverty often lack the resources, experiences or confidence to dream about their future. We are helping our youth dream of life’s possibilities by exposing them to different career and college options. We are expanding our youth’s horizons through enrichment activities, inspiring them to dream of a brighter future and helping them set goals to achieve their dreams.

Specific Activities

Cheers for Careers – Middle and high school youth develop job-readiness skills, explore career options, set career and college goals, and learn basic personal finance. Upon completion of the training phase, our youth are eligible for short term internships at Neighborhood House for “on the job training.”

Academic Tutoring – Our youth benefit from tutoring and computer access that give them the one-on-one assistance and extended learning they need to succeed in school.

Summer Dreamers’ Academy – During this enriching summer program, youth are inspired to dream about their futures and develop specific plans to help them achieve those dreams. In addition, the program focuses on enhancement of reading skills to help our youth return to school in the fall with learning gains.

Kids Café – Kids Café, made possible by a partnership with Dare to Care Food Bank, provides a warm, nutritious meal to children five nights per week during the school year, and provides both lunch and dinner during the summer.

How We Make a Difference

  • Teens who participate in after-school programs like ours are nearly three times less likely to skip classes or use drugs than their peers.
  • We are meeting the concerns of working mothers who report that they are most worried about their children’s safety between the hours of 3pm and 6pm.
  • Youth who come to Neighborhood House 3 or more times per week improve their grades and performance in school.
  • We serve on average more than 350 youth each year.
  • Last year we served over 11,200 meals to ensure our neighborhood children did not go to bed hungry.
  • We had five youth graduate high school this year, and all five are attending college!

Stories and Testimonies

Mr. Starks came to Neighborhood House almost two years ago. His wife had just passed away and he had three young boys. He had heard Neighborhood House helps people and he needed help. He brought his boys to Kids Café to get dinner and began learning about the opportunities available for his family. His three sons enrolled in our Youth Development Program and Mr. Starks worked with our Family Services team. The oldest son, a high school freshman with a goal of going to college, has participated in our Cheers for Careers program and works at our front desk. The two younger sons have blossomed in our program which has exposed them to many new experiences. Mr. Starks said, “Neighborhood House saved my family!”.

Your Dollars at Work

  • $25 provides school supplies for a child
  • $80 provides a month of homework help and enrichment activities for a child.
  • $250 provides healthy snacks for our children and teens
  • $500 funds job skills training and career exploration for a teen in Cheers for Careers
  • $750 provides 14 children and teens the opportunity to visit a museum, arts venue or college or university
  • $1,200 provides a year of programming for a child

For more information, contact Dr. Eddie Woods, Youth Program Director at 502.774.2322 or

Did you know

Did you know?

$54 pays for a month’s supply of healthy snacks for our preschoolers

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