YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTER

Building connections... One family at a time

St. Louis, MO   |  www.theyfc.org

Mission

Youth & Family Center was founded in 1888 to support residents of St. Louis to achieve their full potential. Our vision was then, and is still, for every youth, senior, and family to have the necessary resources to live healthy, stable, and independent lives in a safe and vibrant community. Today, YFC reaches thousands of people of all ages across St. Louis and nearby in Illinois. Our programs educate, advocate, build job skills, and support healthy living across generations. As a community stabilizer, we strive to meet evolving community needs. Multiple institutions and community funders partner with YFC because we demonstrate capacity to empower community and serve as a resource connector year after year.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Dr. LaChrisha Crenshaw

Main address

818 Cass Ave

St. Louis, MO 63106 USA

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EIN

43-0652663

NTEE code info

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Programs

What is the difference between a child that grows up to be a healthy, independent, contributing member of our community and a child who doesn’t?

A safe, stable, and nurturing environment. Where a child ends up typically has everything to do with where they began. All children have risk factors and protective factors. At the Youth and Family Center, we work to help strengthen the protective factors, and ensure that the risk factors don’t dictate a child’s future. Our approach is designed to increase the skills, resources, and support local children and parents need to overcome challenges.

Freedom School:
The CDF Freedom Schools® program aims to support our country’s most marginalized learners. CDF Freedom Schools sites serve predominantly low-income children of color.

This added support for the children in the Near North Side communities can drastically improve their educational outcomes. Before school, after-school, and summer learning opportunities complement the traditional school day in a number of ways, providing a range of academic and social-emotional support that extend the impact of the school day. In 2019, nearly 85 percent of Freedom Schools participants either improved or maintained their reading skills over the course of the six-week program and avoided the summer learning loss often suffered by children not participating in summer enrichment.

The program will be offered free of charge to the Near North Side community. It will also be conducted in partnership with local Universities and will offer internships and volunteer opportunities to collegiate students looking to create positive change and impact in our region.

About the Children’s Defense Fund

The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The CDF Freedom Schools® program provides summer and after-school enrichment through a research-based and multicultural program model that supports K-12 scholars and their families through five essential components: high quality academic and character-building enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational servant leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health.


After School Program
Learning continues After the Bell at the Youth and Family Center. Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing and engaging learning environment for children in the community. With low student-to-teacher ratios and experienced and loving staff, we are committed to not only caring for youth, but also their families. We believe a quality After the Bell learning experience decreases the risk of youth becoming involved in unproductive behaviors and sets the tone for their future success.

At the Youth and Family Center we believe that:

Building kids’ strengths leads to long term success
Children learn best through play and exploration
Family involvement is key to a child’s success

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Providing educational and recreational experiences comes naturally to us. Our dedicated staff have years of experience in afterschool settings, traditional classrooms, and as leaders in school systems.

After the Bell each student receives:

Love, respect, and understanding
A healthy snack and a hot meal
Homework help
Recreational activities
Technology classes
Drama, Dance and Art
and A whole lot more!

WHO CAN COME?
Our program is designed for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade. We operate Monday-Friday from 3:30pm to 6 p.m.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Low income individuals and families.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes, Suggestion box/email, Word of mouth,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We order food and supplies from the food pantry based on the expressed needs and suggestions of the community. We also change our youth programming activities based on expressed needs of the community. Our volunteer process is also ever evolving based on need.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It make our services more personal. They feel respected despite their circumstances. It doesn't feel like a handout, it feel like empowerment and personalized support.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve don't always feel like giving formal feedback. (paperwork),

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTER

Board of directors
as of 7/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Allan Ivie

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Cyeria Jackson

Amazon

Cindy Chapman

Boeing

Tom Goldberg

Plancorp, LLC

Harvey Allen

Metropolitan Sewer District

Wendy Blocker

US Bank

Carlos Diaz- Granados

Principal- Rockwood School District

Deidre Griffith

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Clarence Dula

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Michael Mullins

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Ahslee Ogrzewalla

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Karl Tyminski

Bistate/ Metro

Corge Umlauf

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Kristin Ebert

Mercy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/23/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/16/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.