At a glance
Youth Services for Oklahoma County
Youth Services for Oklahoma County offers five different programs that provide services to at-risk youth and families. SKIL (Supporting Kids in Independent Living), is designed to help these kids that find themselves, at no fault of their own, without a home. The others include: operating the Family Junction Emergency Youth Shelter, outpatient behavioral health services, community outreach through the Teen Service Board and a Skills Education Program (SE) delinquency prevention for first-time youthful offenders.
In 2012, SKIL served more than 170 Oklahoma City high school students who were on their own due. Thirty-seven SKIL seniors graduated and either went to college, went into the armed forces or obtained full-time employment. New in 2013 are the SKIL apartments that youth can lease. The organization also is building a teaching kitchen for students.
Also, Youth Services' Teen Service Board (TSB) gives Oklahoma County high school students an opportunity to help other teens in need while earning community service hours.
For information about how to help, go online to www.ysoc.org.
To find application forms for the teen board for the 2013-2014 school year, click on the “Opportunities” tab and find the page directing you to the Teen Service Board page.