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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: Youth Services for Oklahoma County is "Changing Young Lives." We are a nonprofit community organization that advocates, educates, intervenes, and counsels youth and families to make a positive difference in their lives.

Programs: Therapeutic care - pivot strives to address the root cause of behaviors, circumstances and barriers that cause severe problems for the youth we serve. Our licensed therapists, youth advocates and specialists are trained to identify adverse childhood experiences that range from physical, emotional or sexual abuse to community violence, parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. Each young person who comes to pivot has access to resources and services that address their physical, spiritual and mental health needs. Youth services for oklahoma county can also help with depression, poor nutrition, high risk behaviors, substance abuse, anxiety, unlawful actions and grief.

community intervention center (cic)is a 24-hour holding facility and discharge point for juveniles arrested in oklahoma county for misdemeanors, some felonies and status offenses, such as truancy and curfew violations. Cic is a collaboration with the city of oklahoma city, the oklahoma city police department, and the oklahoma office of juvenile affairs. The cic is a safe, youth-friendly facility providing a consequence to participants and resources for solutions to issues that led to the arrest for youth and families.

family junction emergency youth shelter meets housing and basic needs. There are many young people in our community who need a safe, secure place to stay as well as access to basic necessities like food, personal hygiene and clothing. Youth services for oklahoma county offers support and resources through its food pantry and clothing closets as well as short and long-term housing solutions. Whether in the child welfare system, living on their own without parental support, formerly juvenile justice involved, or runaways, we can provide safe, stable housing. The shelter also provides education and job assistance. Youth services for oklahoma county believes regardless of where children are from or the barriers they face, they are worthy of having success in education, finding a job and planning for a career in the field they choose. At youth services for oklahoma county part of each young person's experience includes the opportunity to graduate from high school, further their education, gain vital life skills and achieve job readiness.

other program services:supporting kids in independent living (skil) - assists young people living on their own without parental support, offering financial and emotional support to high school students in the oklahoma county area. The first time offender program provides prevention and intervention. Bad decisions, environmental factors, addiction, unidentified trauma, lack of supervision and undiagnosed mental health disorders can lead youth down the wrong path. By addressing basic needs such as housing stability, education, employment and therapeutic care, true prevention and intervention can happen. Through youth services for oklahoma county youth are equipped to dramatically change the trajectory of their lives, helping them transition from a life of fear and instability to that of hope and opportunity.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Everyone here was friendly, helpful, and eager to assist us with anything we needed. Their kitchen space was perfect for our cooking class.

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Rating: 5

Youth Services hosted a cooking class for teenagers. This class offered hands on experience to cook an appetizer, meal, and healthy snack. The class was structured in a way that the teens split up into two different groups to work together to prepare what they were going to make. At the end they got to eat the food they made. This learning experience helps to build confidence in teenagers cooking ability and to improve on team skills. The instructor was helpful in teaching the basics of cooking and letting the teens learn by doing.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have recently had an experience with Youth Services as it related to children in state custody. We were looking to do events that would assist the youth in learning skills that would assist them in being more successful at independence when they became adults. Youth Services volunteered the use of their facilities, particularly their fully functional kitchen for the events. The kitchen was well stocked with all the utensils necessary for the event as well as two complete kitchen set ups so that more children could benefit at once. I am grateful for the willingness to help of this organization. Could not have done it without them!


Rating: 5

YSOC has been helping teens and families in the OKC metro for more than 40 years. They provide counseling, shelter, clothing, food and mentoring. I have been involved with them for the last five years, and I have had the pleasure of working with this incredible staff and the kids they serve. Their stories are inspiring! YSOC is definitely Changing Young Lives in our community!