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“Youth In Need is appropriately named, and that’s exactly why I have such a great sense of satisfaction any time I can help the organization with its mission. The professional staff is making a difference in the lives of many thousands of individuals facing serious challenges in their daily lives. It is nice to be a small part of such a neat team that is changing lives for the better.”

- Patrick S. Sullivan, Executive Vice President
Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri
A Youth In Need Board Member


Because every child deserves a future...
Youth In Need has been serving the greater St. Louis area since 1974, when volunteers reached out to the agency's first client. A teenage runaway, who left her home after another beating, was picked up on the streets and taken to the local jail with adult criminals. Troubled by the community's response to runaway and homeless teens, volunteers changed the way these teens were treated by opening Youth In Need's Emergency Shelter.

Today, more than 300 full- and part-time staff serve more than 10,000 of the area's most vulnerable children, teens and families at 25 locations in six counties in eastern Missouri.

A reputation for excellence...
Youth In Need is applauded for the professionalism of its staff and effectiveness of its programs. 

Youth In Need:

  • Is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.
  • Is a recipient of the United Way of Greater St. Louis' highest possible quality rating.
  • Is a recipient of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance Seal of Approval.
  • Is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as an "exemplary program."
  • Practices evidence-based programs, based on solid research and proven, effective approaches.
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