Accepting an individual with welcome arms is a big part of the Youth Go mission. There’s an absolute “no tolerance for bullying” policy at the center, because we find it important to accept everyone for who they are. There’s a certain “family” mentality that is felt and known when you are a part of Youth Go. It doesn’t matter what grade you are in, where you come from, or what your goals are – you will find friendships at Youth Go – some that may last a lifetime!
Youth Go is not only a teen drop-in center, but a safe atmosphere for kids to be themselves, a place for a young person to find a common ground with their peers. At Youth Go, a child can seek appreciation for the potential they have to lead a healthy lifestyle. They will find various resources and outlets to meet specific needs. They will also find a meal almost every evening, plus opportunities for tutoring while doing homework in a quiet space. With many different life skill activities, mentoring goals and programs, children find out a lot about themselves.
Youth Go is not the same organization it was 20 years ago. Youth Go balances fun with discipline, a place for children and teenagers to help mold themselves for the future for a better tomorrow, to prepare to be a helping hand and successful member of their community.
past participant and current employee
At Youth Go, you’ll have amazing experiences, staff members to talk/vent to, amazing staff members who really care, amazing field trips that are really affordable, an amazing place to hang out at. Youth Go is unique because it is a place where youth can go to have fun, to vent, and to just be happy without anyone judging them. At Youth Go youth can go to not only have fun, but to help the community. Youth Go has so many clubs and activities to not only benefit the health and happiness of youth but also the community. Also Youth Go offers a lot of homework help and tutors to help with homework and school grades.
Current participant and 7th grade student
It’s free. When I started going to Youth Go initially, that was a huge selling point to my parents. I mean, obviously there’s more to it than that for uniqueness, but that’s huge!
Current participant and senior in high school
At Youth Go, you’ll find fun experiences, friendships and someone who cares about you. It is a family environment, we always get to know and care about each other on a personal level. There are always fun activities, video games and friends. It is a safe place where kids can go and hang out during the week, plus there’s homework time. People should know how much Youth Go helps youth.
Current participant and freshman in high school
Youth should be excited to join Youth Go and use all the useful things Youth Go has to offer. It is different from all the other organizations because it is free. Most other organizations require kids to pay to stay and hang out with their friends. Youth Go is a safe place for kids to go and hang out with other kids. This means parents can trust their kids to hang out with their friends and make sure they are not up to monkey business.
Another special thing is there are a lot of clubs that the kids can join. All these clubs have a point in teaching the kids something new. Whether it is exercising in fitness club or helping kids with their sexual orientation and learning about other useful information in SAFE group.
Also, kids aren’t the wisest when choosing healthy meals, and Youth Go provides just that. Lastly they allow kids to work on their homework and get some help when needed.
The community should be more aware of what Youth Go is, and some are even scared of it. We have changed so much throughout all these years, and we are no longer the organization people remember from a long time ago. Staff members make sure that kids are being appropriate and make sure no one gets hurt. If more people learned what Youth Go is about, I believe many more people would go. Parents should know that this place is safe and kids have fun here too!!! Most kids love it here and we create a bond over time and everybody knows one another. Once you join, you will soon make connections with the other youth. Not only do you make connections with the youth, you make connections with the staff. Staff helps the youth succeed. Many kids don’t think about the future too much. These staff members will question you to help you make important decisions in your life. And if you already have made decisions, then they will help you get there. Youth Go is a very great place overall.
Consider donating so you can help influence these kids’ lives forever.
Freshman in college, past participant and current Youth Go Middle School Tutor
Youth Go may be small, but it helps so many youth and impacts their lives a lot. It’s not like other youth centers where you don’t really get to know the staff. At Youth Go, the staff practically turns into your second family, and you’re able to meet new friends. We are just all different people who come together as a family and work together as a team. You’ll create new bonds with people, and there are fun activities and things to do.
Youth Go provides homework help and extra study time in the education room where I get my homework done, and I always have staff able to help.
Current participant and 6th grade student