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Youth Development Program

Our Youth Development Program provides important programming to at-risk children and teens, helping them develop the skills they need in adulthood. There is an urgent need for the support we provide youth in west Louisville. Research shows that programs like ours help develop life skills, prevent delinquency, increase motivation, teach critical social-emotional skills and promote physical health. Our program is preparing youth for success in education, work and life.

How We Make a Difference

  • Teens who participate in out-of-school time 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 3:00 and 6:00.

  • Youth who come to Neighborhood House three or more times per week improve their grades and performance in school.

  • We serve on average more than 350 youth each year.

For more information, contact Norman Martin, Youth Development Director at 502.774.2322 ext. 224 or nmartin@nhky.org.

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Program Activities

Cheers for Careers – High school youth develop job-readiness skills, explore career options, set education and career goals, and learn basic personal finance. Upon completion of the training phase, youth are able to get on-the-job training through short-term internships at Neighborhood House.

Academic Tutoring – Youth benefit from one-on-one tutoring, as well as access to computers to do homework and supervised program activities.

Dreamers’ Academy – This full day summer program for youth ages 6-18 provides a safe learning environment that improves educational outcomes, reduces summer learning loss, provide valuable enrichment opportunities and experiences, and develops social-emotional strength. Participants receive three meals a day and weekly field trips.

Kids Café – This program, made possible by a partnership with Dare to Care, provides a warm, nutritious evening meal to children five nights a week during the school year.