What We Do

Our programs are divided into two categories: Outreach Programs, and Life Skills Programs.


 

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Homeless Education Liaison Program(HELP)

Providing individualized services such as free school supplies, clothing, mentorship, information and referrals, transportation assistance, and school fees to youth and their families in order to guarantee equal access to education. To learn More….

Exodus House

Twenty-four hour short-term emergency shelter in a home setting, providing support and services for homeless, runaway and at risk youth ages 10 -17 years old. To learn More….

Summer Lunch

Fulfilling the nutritional needs of low income youth during the summer months with daily distribution of free USDA sponsored nutritional lunches. Distribution sites include both city and rural areas. To learn More….

Youth Center

An after-school program for 1st _ 6th graders in the Mills Addition Neighborhood. Structured programs include educational and enrichment activities, a USDA sponsored snack food program and volunteer opportunities. To learn More….


 

LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMS

Transitional Living

The Transitional Living Program provides housing options for homeless youth that are in a transitional living situation. This program provides youth ages 16-22 with safe housing, and the independent living skills that the youth will need to become productive, self-supporting members of our community. Youth will learn budgeting, banking, job maintenance and housekeeping skills, and will participate in community volunteer activities. To learn More…

Independent Living

Youth 14-21 are provided training to help them be better equipped for adulthood in this program. With one-to-one mentoring, facilitated groups and case-management the youth are actively thinking and learning about what it will take to live successfully as an adult. The large range of subjects they learn include personal social skills to accessing community resources to car maintenance, etc. To learn More…

Summer Youth Employment

Youth 14-21 years old learn job search, job skills and job maintenance in this program. With the cooperation and partnership of various community partners IYS provides from 3-5 summer work crews for 8-week work projects. These projects give youth the opportunity to learn how to obtain and keep a job, from the application process through to the final evaluation for summer. To learn More….

Right The Wrong

Adjudicated youth are referred by the local Juvenile Justice System to this program when community service hours are part of their sentence. These youth are 14-17 years old. Youth work at various jobs around their community. These jobs can be for local non-profit and public sector organizations only. To learn More….