How We Help

Youth In Need embraces, values and celebrates the diversity of its staff and clients. The agency’s Diversity Council produced a video (watch it here) to illustrate how important diversity is to Youth In Need’s culture. Together, we are one community. We are Youth In Need and we believe in the power of potential.

Youth In Need’s Early Head Start and Head Start program serves families who meet Federal income guidelines in St. Louis City, St. Charles City and County, and Lincoln, Warren, and Montgomery Counties in Missouri. Head Start is a program for children, ages 3- to 5-years-old. Early Head Start is for children, ages birth to 3-years-old, as well as prenatal services for expectant parents. Learn more.

Safe Place is a national crisis prevention program for children and teens. Youth In Need is the regional provider of Safe Place services for the eastern Missouri region. If a young person needs help for any reason, he or she can go to any business displaying the yellow and black Safe Place sign. Learn more.

Youth In Need’s Street Outreach Program has provided continuous outreach since 1990. The program targets the needs of at-risk, runaway and homeless youth by providing services on the streets of the St. Louis metropolitan area. A mobile outreach unit provides tangible items, such as food, clothing and hygiene products to youth experiencing homelessness. Learn more.

Youth In Need’s Transitional Living Program group home is a 10-bed transitional living program for youth, ages 16 to 21, of all gender identities and expressions as well as sexual orientation. The home also can accommodate two pregnant teens or parenting teens with up to two children, ages birth to 3. Learn more.

Youth In Need’s Emergency Shelter is a 12-bed emergency residential group home for youth, ages 10 to 19, who are in crisis. The Emergency Shelter offers individual, family and group counseling, crisis intervention, case management services and daily educational groups. Learn more.

If you are experiencing a crisis, please call the Youth Connection Helpline at 314-819-8802 or toll-free at 844-985-8282.

Youth In Need offers individual, family and group counseling services to children and families in St. Louis, St. Charles and Lincoln Counties. Learn more.

The Teen Parent Program provides individual and group support to teen parents and pregnant teens who live in St. Charles County. The program offers counseling, case management, education and advocacy. Learn more.

Youth In Need, along with two other organizations (Family Resource Center and Epworth Children & Family Services) form the Children’s Permanency Partnership (CPP), provides foster care and adoption case management services to children in alternative care and their families. Learn more.