Factory Youth Center

“I am thankful for the Factory Youth Center. The highs. The lows. The blessings. The lessons. The setbacks. The comebacks. The love. Everything that the Factory Youth Center does is so great. I appreciate everything they do for me and for all the teens that go.” – Youth Center Teen

 

 

Life as a teenager isn’t easy, and it’s even more challenging for students who live in under-resourced environments. Our mission is to provide a safe place for teens to connect with one another, get support and help from safe adult staff, and be empowered to overcome life’s obstacles knowing that God has their back and loves them unconditionally.  The Factory Youth Center provides a variety of programs for students in grades 7-12 who live in the Pequea Valley and surrounding areas of Eastern Lancaster County. The goal of the youth center is to provide teenagers with the necessary resources needed to make a healthy transition into adulthood. Programs are offered that help address resources in six key areas: physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, intellectual, and financial.

 

Open Door Nights

Open door nights provide a fun, upbeat, and safe environment where students can hang out and connect with one another. A free meal is always provided by community partners and a variety of fun activities are available to students including basketball, video games, karaoke, art, and more. Dedicated staff and volunteers interact with the students in a setting where they can cultivate impactful relationships of trust and support. These relationships offer the staff and volunteers the opportunity to show love, help, and care on an individual and consistent basis.

After School Program

Each week, students have the opportunity to build valuable skills and receive individualized academic support at our After School Program. This program includes a set time for homework completion where staff and volunteers are available to help students with any questions, assignments, or projects. In addition, students have opportunities to engage in resource development workshops as well as enjoy free time in a positive environment to connect with friends and volunteers. 

Step Up Incentive Program

Helping to facilitate our vision of connecting students with resources and developing valuable life skills, the Step Up Incentive Program rewards participating students as they work towards achieving their goals. Students have the opportunity to earn points for meeting objectives at school as well as for attending programs at the youth center. These points can then be redeemed at our Factory Store for items such as snacks, drinks, clothing, and more!

Resource Workshops

The Factory Youth Center’s vision is to offer more intentional workshops and support for the students. Workshops will focus on specific topics the teens are going through. Topics include, but are not limited to, depression, self-harm, drug and alcohol abuse, self-worth, and leadership development and training.

Special Events

Throughout the year, we offer many special events to our Youth Center teens including: Fall Barn Party, Christmas Party, Winter Retreat, Trip To Ozzy’s Fun Center, Summer Camp, and more! We also have weekly Basketball Nights and Pool Parties throughout the summer.

We appreciate your financial support. Your dollars help sustain our community development efforts.
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