Youth Service Bureau
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YSB is Funded By:

Illinois Department of
Children and Family Services

Illinois Department of Human Services

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Christian County United Way

Private Donors

The Youth Service Bureau Programs
The Youth Service Bureau is a licensed Child Welfare agency that serves the needs of abused, neglected, homeless and at-risk youth ages 11-24. The mission of the YSB is to divert these youth from the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare systems, thus keeping families intact and children in their homes. Our mission also includes serving the needs of older adolescent homeless youth ages 16-24. We do this by helping them to become independent and self sufficient positive contributing members of our community.

The Youth Service Bureau accomplishes its mission through the following programs:

Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services (CCBYS)
CCBYS provides youth between the ages of 11 to 17 who are at-risk of being or have been abused, neglected, abandoned, or locked out by parents or guardians.  CCBYS provides 24-hour crisis intervention, individual and family counseling, outreach, advocacy, shelter care, emergency placement, and referrals for other services.  Click here for more information.

Homeless Youth Program (HYP)
HYP provides various services to youth between the ages of 18 to 24 who are homeless.  Youth who are under the age of 18 and homeless must reside in the YSB group home with parental permission unless the youth is an emancipated minor.  Homeless youth between the ages of 18 to 24 reside in subsidized community apartments. Youth are provided with services to address their individual needs.  Click here for more information.

Housing and Urban Development Program (HUD)

HUD serves youth that are non-wards of the state between the ages of 16 to 21 who are homeless.  Youth who meet these criteria include those who have been locked out of their homes and cannot be reunified with their families.  Click here for more information.