Older children 13 - 18 years old need a place all their own, so CYS hosts Middle School/Teen Centers just for them. The purpose of Youth Services is to promote positive youth development by helping young people develop the skills they will need to become successful and contributing members of their society.
YS provides programs that focus on four core services areas: Sports & Fitness, Leisure & Recreation, Life Skills & Leadership, and Mentoring, Intervention & Support Services.
These core services emphasize that youth are encouraged to develop a variety of skills, which include teamwork, creativity, self-discipline, decision making, problem-solving, respect, responsible citizenship, conflict resolution, managing feelings, academic achievement, and empathy. Taken together, the four core service areas can be thought of as the road map to a destination of positive youth development. It is important to remember that they only a map--they are not program in and of themselves.