Youth & Adult Programs

These are some of the nation’s most prominent programs for young people. For more specific information, contact the headquarters or your local chapters in your community.

4-H COUNCIL

HEADQUARTERS: 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20250-2225 Phone: 202-720-2908 4-H is a community of 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H'ers participate in fun, hands-on learning activities, supported by the latest research of land-grant universities focusing on Science, Engineering and Technology, Healthy Living and Citizenship. 

A BETTER CHANCE

HEADQUARTERS: 240 W 35th Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10001 Phone: 646-346-1310 Fax: 646-346-1311 A Better Chance is the preeminent resource for identifying, recruiting and developing leaders among young people of color in the United States. A Better Chance works with some of the most elite private schools in the nation to give outstanding minority students opportunities they may not otherwise have. 

AFTER SCHOOL ALL-STARS 

HEADQUARTERS: After-School All-Stars 9255 Sunset Blvd, Suite 500 Los Angeles, CA 90069 Phone: 310-275-3232 Fax: 310-275-3230 Provides comprehensive after school programs that are fun for kids while keeping them safe and helping them achieve success in school and life. Prepares middle school kids for high school, college, and the 21st century by offering academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. Serves 70,000 youth annually through after school and summer programs in 13 cities across the country. 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS

HEADQUARTERS: 1275 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309-3506 Phone: 1-800-854-CLUB OR 404-487-5700 Boys & Girls Clubs offer programs and services that promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. They are truly The Positive Place for Kids. 

CAMP FIRE BOYS & GIRLS 

HEADQUARTERS: 1100 Walnut Street, Suite 1900 Kansas City, Missouri 64106-2197 Phone: 816 -285-2010 OR 206-461-8550 Fax: 816-285-9444 Non-profit youth organization focused on building self-esteem, character development, leadership skills, and social responsibility 

FRESH AIR FUND

HEADQUARTERS: The Fresh Air Fund 633 Third Avenue, 14th Floor New York, NY 10017 Phone: 1-800-367-0003 Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps. 

GIRLS INCORPORATED 

HEADQUARTERS: 120 Wall Street New York, NY 10005-3902 Phone: 1-212-509-2000 Fax: 1-212-509-8708 Email: communications@girlsinc.org Girls Incorporated programming can be offered anywhere girls are found, including Girls Incorporated centers, schools, churches, community centers and housing projects. The majority of Girls Incorporated centers are located in low-income areas and provide a weekly average of 30 hours of after-school, weekend and summer activities. Girls Incorporated serves girls at Girls Incorporated centers and at other sites through collaboration with other youth agencies, school systems and individual educators. Programs include: Economic Literacy – girls learn how to manage money, invest and general global economics, Guidance on How To Combat Peer Pressure, Operation Smart – girls develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Project Bold –girls learn self-defense skills, Community Activism, Media Literacy as well athletic activities.

HEAD START

HEADQUARTERS: 1651 Prince Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: 703-739-0875 Fax: 703-739-0878 The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. 

HIGHSCHOOLSTARTUPS

This website is intended for young people serious about starting a business on the web. Highschoolstartups.com contains nuts and bolts advice, methods of encouraging entrepreneurship among young people, and an understanding of how youth can actually give you an advantage as an entrepreneur.

INROADS

HEADQUARTERS: 120 Wall St., 31st Floor New York, NY 10005 Phone: 212-425-8300 The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. INROADS seeks high performing African American, Hispanic, and Native American Indian students for internship opportunities with some of the nation's largest companies. 

LEAD

HEADQUARTERS: 14 E. Hartwell Lane Philadelphia PA 19118 Phone: 215-753-2490 Recognizing that a lack of role models in corporate America was discouraging students from underserved communities from pursuing careers in business, executives at McNeil Pharmaceutical launched LEAD at The Wharton School in 1980. LEAD aims to create an innovative and intensive summer business program that would serve as the foundation for lifelong partnerships between outstanding students and the nation's leading corporations and business schools.

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUES

HEADQUARTERS: 
National Association of Police Athletics/Activities Leagues, Inc. 
658 West Indiantown Road, Suite #201
Jupiter, FL 33458
Phone: 561-745-5535
Fax: 561-745-3147 

With a goal of character-building, good sportsmanship and discipline, Police Athletic Leagues (PAL) provides opportunities to bring young athletes together to compete in a championship environment in several sports. 

SEO – SPONSORS FOR EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

HEADQUARTERS: 55 Exchange Place New York, NY 10005 Phone: 212-979-2040 Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1963 as one of New York City's first mentoring programs for high school students of color. Over the past four decades SEO has expanded its programs to benefit more than 6,000 young people, helping them develop throughout high school, college, and their careers. SEO has grown into an established nonprofit organization with offices in New York City and London, more than 30 full-time staff, and programs that serve over 1,000 students, parents, and alumni each year. SEO endeavors to prepare young people of color to lead by example in their families, communities and careers. 

TOIGO FOUNDATION

HEADQUARTERS: 180 Grand Avenue, Suite 900 Oakland, CA 94612 Phone: 510-763-5771 Fax: 510-763-5778 The Toigo Foundation was founded 18 years ago to encourage exceptional minority students to consider finance, not only as a rewarding career, but also as an opportunity to be the future leaders in the global economy. The Toigo Foundation aspires to create a self-sustaining structure that leverages finance as a vehicle to promote positive social change. 

YMCA

HEADQUARTERS: YMCA of the USA 101 North Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 1-888-333-YMCA OR 1- 800 872-9622 As one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit organizations, today’s YMCAs serve thousands of U.S. communities, uniting 21 million children and adults of all ages, races, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The Y's community development efforts include alternative schools, gang intervention, family literacy programs, tutoring, substance abuse prevention, job training and employment services, permanent and transitional housing, and much more. 

YOUTHBUILD

HEADQUARTERS: YouthBuild USA 58 Day Street Somerville, MA 02144 Phone: 617-623-9900 Fax: 617-623-4331 E-mail: info@youthbuild.org YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing, and transform their own lives and roles in society.