Youth Centers & Community Outreach
Bellefonte Youth Center
Bellefonte Youth Center is open after school through the evening, 5 days a week. The center provides a safe, supervised environment for kids where they can be with friends, get a snack or a meal, find help with homework, and participate in fun and meaningful activities with staff. The center is open 3:30pm to 7:30pm Monday through Friday but can change based on field trips and other activities. Late night services are provided for youth aged 14-18 from 8pm-9:45pm.
Mountaintop Youth Center
Mountaintop Youth Center is open after school through the evening, 3 days a week. The center provides a safe, supervised environment for kids where they can be with friends, get a snack or a meal, find help with homework, and participate in fun and meaningful activities with staff. The center is open 3pm to 7pm Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, but hours can change based on field trips and other activities.
Our Mobile Outreach team reaches out to kids and families by bringing activities to their neighborhoods each week. Program services include teaching kids how to be safe and how to access needs such as food, shelter, and free counseling. We also strive to give youth a sense of belonging through volunteering, mentoring, and youth advocacy. Current neighborhoods include Ashworth Woods, Beaver Farms, Centre Hall, Milesburg, Philipsburg, and Wingate.
Our School Outreach team has a strong presence in each school district in the county, providing information and resources to teachers and staff through in-service training and attendance at meetings and to youth through presentations in health classes and assemblies. These programs emphasize social skills, good decision making, problem solving, and coping with stress. We provide support groups for students with identified needs and also work with students who have tobacco violations. Through the Student Assistance Program (SAP) we identify and assist students who are struggling with drug and alcohol use or mental health issues. We help students overcome these barriers so that they can remain in school and maximize their learning potential. The core of the program is a professionally trained team who will conduct assessments, identify problems, and make recommendations to assist the student and the parent.
Stewards of Children
Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The YSB, in partnership with Centre County United Way, the YMCA, and the Women’s Resource Center can bring this two hour program to any adult group that wants to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behavior. This evidence-based program will teach adults how to act responsibly to help keep kids safe. To arrange a training for your church, civic group, or staff, please call us at 814-237-5731.