Youth Service Bureau

June 15, 2014 


Big Sister Delaney Huffman, background, twirls rope with another Big Sister Emily Botto while Little Sister Journee jumps at Park Forest Elementary School in 2011.


325 W. Aaron Drive, State College, PA 16803

237-5731 (main office), 234-2100 (hotline)



The Centre County Youth Service Bureau is home to the following programs that can be accessed directly:

•  Runaway Shelter — Burrowes Street Youth Haven

A 4-bed residential shelter for homeless, runaway or at-risk youth ages 12-18 who can stay up to 21 days. Hotline: 234-2100

•  Transitional Living — Stepping Stone

An 8-bed program designed to aid youth ages 16 to 20 with no safe place to live, designed to help them become independent.

•  Big Brothers Big Sisters

Provides long-term, one-to-one relationships between trained volunteers and at-risk youth ages 5-17.

•  Outreach

Provides drop-in centers in Bellefonte and Snow Shoe, along with prevention and education activities for youth in their own neighborhoods.

•  Family Group Decision Making

Provides planning and facilitation to assist families in tackling a problem or making a tough decision.

•  Parenting Education

Offers in-home education to parents struggling with parenting children under age 10.

In addition, YSB offers the following services accessible through county agencies:

•  Girls Group Home — Stormbreak

A nine-bed home for girls ages 12-19 who have no other safe place to live.

•  Boys Group Home — Zerby Gap

A 12-bed home for boys ages 12-19 who have no other safe place to live.

•  Reunification

Assists in the safe return of children who have been removed from their own homes.

•  Declutter

Addresses home conditions that may lead to removal of children and/or homelessness.

In addition to professional staff and volunteers, all YSB programs are assisted by:

•  AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps workers provide support to youth involved in programming through mentoring, tutoring and teaching life skills.

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