Youth Service Inc.

Help YSI youth and families get the school year started on the right foot by ensuring they have all the tools and resources they need for academic success.

As children and families across Philadelphia are preparing for the upcoming school year, which will most likely be hybrid for many of our clients and their children, many issues including no school lunches, parents who have to work etc. begin to arise.

Every year, Youth Service, Inc. holds an annual school drive to ensure the children have all the tools and resources they need for academic success., One example of the many families this drive assists is the Johnson family.

Last year, Ms. Johnson expressed concern around remote learning to her YSI case manager. She was worried about her children’s academic performance because she had a limted income for school supplies and there were multiple school-aged children in the home with no workspace to complete schoolwork/ homework. YSI’s annual Back to School drive was able to to provide desks and school supplies to the family thanks to the generosity of supporters like yourself. The desks helped the student on YSI’s caseload and his siblings in the home to have adequate workspace in the home to complete his assignments and be present for virtual learning.

Would you consider making a financial contribution or in-kind donation in support of our annual Back to School drive to help YSI continue to be able to support families like the Johnsons?

If you prefer to make an in kind donation, you can purchase online via our Amazon Charity list and your donation will be delivered directly to our office. Donations purchased otherwise can be dropped off at our office but need to be scheduled by contacting our Marketing Manager, Dan Brightcliffe, at or by calling 215-222-3262 ext. 2029.

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$ 5

Allows us to purchase notebooks, loose leaf paper, a pack of index cards, pens, scissors, or a calculator

$ 10

Allows us to purchase a pack of binders (4 count), a box of folders (25 count), or a pack of erasers (36 count).

$ 25

Allows us to purchase a pack of 1 GB Flash Drives (10 count), a bookbag, and an assortment of other need school supplies

$ 50

Allows us to purchase desks,headsets with microphones and other essential items for remote learning

$ 100

Allows us to purchase grocery gift cards for families who won’t be able to count on school meals during remote learning


About YSI

Youth Service, Inc. (YSI) is a nonprofit organization that has provided immediate shelter and support services to Philadelphia’s children, youth and families for over 67 years. YSI offers unique programs and niche services throughout the city, including Philadelphia’s only crisis nursery program and the longest-standing shelter in the area for runaway and homeless teens. Through shelter, counseling and in-home support services, YSI reaches more than 5,000 clients annually, the majority of whom live below the poverty level.

YSI’s Mission

YSI’s mission is to offer accessible, responsive, high-quality services to at-risk children and families. YSI is dedicated to providing community-based care, shelter and counseling to children, teens or families in crisis, as well as restoring self-sufficiency, cultivating responsible parenting, and helping to create a future of hope.


Youth Service, Inc.

410 N. 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 | 215-222-3262