The River City Youth Foundation takes an innovative approach to prevention and learning. Over 3,000 youth and families are served annually through annual community activities which promote a family-friendly neighborhood in which to raise safe, healthy, and happy children.
At its Success Center, staff members and volunteers create exciting, fun and meaningful learning experiences that attract and sustain the interests of youth so they can build the critical assets they need to thrive. Our award-winning programs are available year-round.
Youth are shown the benefits of a life apart from crime, gangs and drugs. Their propensity to learn is challenged and encouraged. Hands on sessions focus on real world applications of learned skills. Counseling is provided during the hard times. The overall goal of RCYF’s approach is strengthening youth, family and community.
Our programs are divided into specific areas:
A very large part of who we are at RCYF is our Community Development and involvement initiatives. We are deeply embedded in the community we serve, not just via the youth and families that come into our facility, but by how we reach out beyond our walls to be evangelists for our mission to the entire neighborhood. The Neighborhood Youth Corps, for example, gives kids a chance to work hands-on at making their neighborhood a safer, more beautiful, and cultural place to live. Because of these activities we are known as the safe haven and voice of peace in the neighborhood. RECENT EVENTS: Father’s Parade & Fiesta
Supporting the whole family is key through services such as counseling, training, and case management. Through licensed professional counselors and parent outreach workers, RCYF provides year round advocacy, training, and case management services to youth and their families.
In response to the urgent need for mentors among our youth in Dove Springs, RCYF has created a Best Practices mentoring program that matches qualified adults with RCYF youth and their families. The goals of the program are to provide positive role models to at-risk youth, improve/maintain grades, and improve/maintain attitude/behavior. Click here to apply to become a mentor today (.pdf file).
I Can Be Me! offers year-round bilingual-culturally relevant, therapeutic, after school, and summer camp educational services to high risk youth and families through a mixture of services on-site at our two acre parkland youth facility in the heart of Dove Springs and in local schools. Our services, including STOP THE VIOLENCE musical Hip Hop concerts, aim to prevent youth from involvement in drugs and violence.
River City Youth Foundation’s Computer Learning Lab/Centro de Tecnologia is a national CTC providing ongoing technology training program for youth.
Because we know that children learn best when they have a full tummy, we provide a home-like environment after school, one in which appetizing aromas fill our center as the children arrive each day. Our community garden is also a resources of nutritious, fresh food.
We serve over 400 low-income, At Promise youth annually through award-winning, year round Best Practices After School programs which provide counseling, educational support, technology training, nutritious meals, and parent training. Over 3,000 youth and families are served annually through annual community activities which promote a family-friendly neighborhood in which to raise safe, healthy, and happy children.