Youth Development Center

The Youth Development Center assists young people in reaching their highest potential by offering free positive opportunities and programs for youth.

Summer Youth Job Training Program

Youth ages 14 – 16 can enroll in this six-week summer employment program, and are paid minimum wage by the City to work for 20 hours/week at various businesses and organizations across the city. Applicants must receive free/reduced lunch or public assistance to qualify. 

Note: Not currently accepting applications.

Crisis intervention services

The Youth Development Center provides support and assistance to families when they have a child in a crisis situation involving their behavior, health, or involvement in the community. Services are based on individual needs and situation, and services are free.

360 Change

The 360 Change program serves teens ages 11 – 17 by providing substance abuse and mental health services.

Referral form

Gainesway Community Center

Center hours:
Monday – Friday: 3 – 7 p.m.
Non-school days: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed on holidays  

The Gainesway Community Center offers after-school programs for residents of Gainesway and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Activities include:

  • Homework assistance
  • Computer lab
  • Community garden
  • Karate class
  • Workshops
  • College tours
  • Camps during school breaks

The Teen Job Club assists youth ages 16 – 18 with employment and developing work readiness skills.  The club meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 – 7 p.m.

Family nurturing group

Family Nurturing is a family-based parenting education program that helps families establish a nurturing way of life. This is a free 12-week program for parents and adolescents, with group meetings held in an open, friendly, and safe environment.

Referrals & registrations are accepted daily. Group meetings are scheduled in 12-week sessions.
6 – 7:30 p.m.

The Black & Williams Center
498 Georgetown Street