Youth Services Agency

Youth Services Agency, (YSA) a non-profit corporation, provides a range of services for at-risk youth in the Juvenile Justice System YSA programs follow the "least restrictive, community-based and graduated sanctions" mandates of the PA Juvenile Justice System (JJS).

As a first priority, we try to serve youth and families in their own communities, followed by short term residential programs (several days to several months) for youth who can not remain in their communities while under Court supervision. Longer term residential care, over 3 months, is focused on vocational training programs with recognized skill certifications for those youth deemed to need more extensive placements by JJS officials. Our vocational programs are recognized by the PA Academic & Career/Technical Training (PACTT) Alliance which has additional information on their website about vocational outcomes. YSA programs target known risk factors of delinquency: negative peers, poor role models and values; poor school achievement; as well as lack of attachments to community and empathy for others (David Hawkins, et el.). YSA programs follow the "Balanced and Restorative Justice" (BARJ) philosophy defined by the PA Juvenile ACT wherein the needs of the victim, community and offenders are equally considered. To this end, community service is a primary component of many of our programs, with the goals to restore the victim through restitution, restore the community through the preservation of public buildings and parks), encourage empathy, and teach offenders skills through community service and “hands-on” experiential learning. We have both in-house job skill training and extensive cooperative collaborations with outside organizations to teach skills.

Mission: Our Mission is to maintain at-risk youth in their families and communities, where possible, and to help these youth become responsible and functional members of their communities.

Youth Services Agency

Trexler Game Preserve Hike

Trexler Game Preserve Hike

This weekend our ACT Weekend students hiked through Trexler Game Preserve to view herds of elk and bison while learning about local flora and fauna. We even spotted a bald eagle fishing in the Jordan Creek!

Lehigh Gorge State Park Hike

Beautiful winter hike through Lehigh Gorge State Park with YSA's ACT Weekend students!

Beautiful winter hike through Lehigh Gorge State Park with YSA's ACT Weekend students!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Students from our ACT Program enjoy some adventurous climbing over the holiday break. Wishing everyone the best in 2018!

Students from our ACT Program enjoy some adventurous climbing over the holiday break. Wishing everyone the best in 2018!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Students from our ACT Program enjoy some adventurous climbing during the holiday break. Wishing everyone the best in 2018!

Students from our ACT Program enjoy some adventurous climbing during the holiday break. Wishing everyone the best in 2018!

Happy Holidays!!!

Our ACT Weekend students did an AWESOME job working on a community service project with the Delawawre & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in Walnutport! With the guidance of the D&L Heritage Corridor staff, our students learned how to install mile markers along the Walnutport Canal Trail for the community to enjoy, as well as picking up trash along the trail. In addition, our students learned about the history of the Heritage Corridor and canal systems. Thank you to the D&L Trail Tenders staff for engaging our students in this awesome community project!

Happy Thanksgiving from our newest resident friends at the YSA Nature Center, Tom and Buffy!

Barn Nature Center

The Barn Nature Center is collecting donations for Toys For Tots, a top-rated charity run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Toys For Tots provides toys, books, and gifts for less fortunate children. Please drop off a toy or gift to brighten the holidays for disadvantaged youth in our community. Donations will be accepted until December 8th. THANK YOU!

Barn Nature Center

COMMUNITY SERVICE is a core value of Youth Services Agency and the Barn Nature Center. That is why we are so excited to partner with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 12th, from 2:00pm-7:00pm at the Barn Nature Center. What better way to support our community than by saving lives?! YOU can save a life by donating blood! Free unguided tours of the Nature Center for blood donors. We hope to see you on December 12th!

Barn Nature Center

Rappel On!!! We are so psyched to reopen our rappeling station in our Adventure Center at the Barn Nature Center! Learn how to rappel with the safety of being on back-up belay. Come rappel with us!

Beautiful hike with our ACT Weekend students...

ACT Weekend Adventure Climbing

To all of our ACT Weekend students, I apologize for not posting these awesome Summer climbing photos earlier! You all did great! More photos coming soon!

To all of our ACT Weekend students, I apologize for not posting these awesome Summer climbing photos earlier! You all did great! More photos coming soon!

ACT Weekend Adventure Climbing

To all of our ACT Weekend students, I apologize for not posting these awesome Summer climbing photos earlier! You all did great! More photos coming soon!

To all of our ACT Weekend students, I apologize for not posting these awesome Summer climbing photos earlier! You all did great! More photos coming soon!

Summer days on the lake with youth from our ACT Program...

Music Mentoring with youth from our Kids First Community Program...

Meet Flash, the newest member of the YSA Nature Center! Flash is a 10-year old red-footed tortoise whose former owner is moving off to college and can no longer care for her. We are sooo excited to welcome Flash to the YSA Nature Center family. Today, students from the ACT Program prepared Flash her first meal at the Nature Center! Indigenous to the Amazon Rainforest, Flash is an ambassador for her wild relatives, who are vulnerable to extinction from human predation (for food and the pet trade) and habitat loss.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!

Holiday High Ropes Course Challenge....

Holiday High Ropes Course Challenge....

Another beautiful day kayaking at Nockamixon State Park with students from our ACT Program! We saw lots of wildlife, including great blue herons and a great egret, and even picked up some trash!

Another beautiful day on Lake Nockamixon with our students from the ACT Program!

Summer weather is here and Glenda the Green Iguana is enjoying her outdoor enclosure at the YSA Nature Center! Glenda came to the Nature Center from the Bucks County Humane Society.

We had a blast rock climbing today at our Adventure Learning Center with students from the ACT Program!!!!

Let the kayaking begin!!! Students from our ACT Weekend Program enjoyed a beautiful day exploring Lake Nockamixon! Very proud of the group for displaying excellent paddling skills and for taking the time to pick up trash along the way.

Happy Memorial Day!! Students from our ACT Program enjoy a peaceful Saturday planting vegetables in the garden at the YSA Nature Center.

YSA Greenhouse Education Center in action!

ACT Weekend Adventure and Community Service at YSA Nature Center

Our ACT Weekend students spent the day doing community service at the YSA Nature Center, providing care for a variety of rescued and rehomed pets including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Community service work completed included feeding, cleaning, handling, healthcare, grooming, socializing, exercising, and providing enrichment activities to animals in need. Later in the day, students challenged themselves through rock climbing and high ropes elements at YSA's Adventure Learning Center.

Our ACT Weekend students spent the day doing community service at the YSA Nature Center, providing care for a variety of rescued and rehomed pets including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Community service work completed included feeding, cleaning, handling, healthcare, grooming, socializing, exercising, and providing enrichment activities to animals in need. Later in the day, students challenged themselves through rock climbing and high ropes elements at YSA's Adventure Learning Center.

YSA is excited to announce the WINNERS of the Barn Nature Center's 2017 Earth Day Art Contest! Congratulations Hailey Swyter, Marcel Swyter, and Erik Jacobson for creating AWESOME ARTWORK to show the world what EARTH DAY means to YOU! A special THANK YOU to HORSHAM FAMILY GOLF and Christine Handly for donating prizes!!!

We are excited to announce the WINNERS of our 2017 Earth Day Art Contest! Congratulations Hailey Swyter, Marcel Swyter, and Erik Jacobson for creating AWESOME ARTWORK to show the world what EARTH DAY means to YOU! A special THANK YOU to HORSHAM FAMILY GOLF and Christine Handly for donating prizes!!!

Students from our FACT Program volunteer on a community service fundraising project for the Northern Lehigh Community Center. Thanks for all your help girls!

When we asked students from our Kids First Community Program for some field trip ideas, they said, "Centralia!" Here are some pics from exploring the ghost town during an inservice day field trip!

Enjoy the snow but stay warm and safe!

Students from our ACT Weekend Program connect with nature on a winter hike and challenge themselves through rock climbing and high ropes course elements focused on team building at YSA's Adventure Center!

Beautiful hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail with our ACT Weekend students! We are also proud of these students for doing trail clean up and removing 3 bags of trash from the trail.

Our FACT Program girls conquered the wall with most excellent climbing skills and smiles!

Happy New Year from the YSA Nature Center!

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