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History of YST




In 1969 Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries supported the creation of Youth Services of Tulsa (YST) to match caring adults with youth who needed help with problems as a part of a delinquency prevention project by the Oklahoma Crime Commission.  Thus, YST was incorporated as a private, nonprofit 501 (c) (3) agency.

During the 1970’s YST began a formal counseling program, and an adolescent emergency shelter opened to provide 24-hour temporary residence for youth with no safe place to go.  

During the 1980’s YST was one of two programs chosen to replicate a national model for suicide prevention.  YST also began the Misdemeanant Alternative Program to divert youth with minor offenses from further penetration into the juvenile justice system.

During the 1990’s YST, along with the support of QuikTrip, implemented the Safe Place Program to assist youth in avoiding becoming victims, and to provide a neighborhood access point for youth in crisis.  Tulsa Youth Court was also started in the 1990’s with assistance from the Young Lawyers Division of the Tulsa County Bar Association, followed by the launch of services to the cities of Broken Arrow and Skiatook. 

In 2002, YST moved into the new Donald W. Reynolds Center, started an Independent Living Program for youth in foster care, and began providing services in Owasso.  In recent years programs have expanded to include the North Tulsa Youth Program, a Health Education and Prevention Program for high-risk youth and a Transitional Living Program for homeless youth to learn life skills to become independent. 


Learn more about the history of Youth Services.

Learn about our current programs.

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 Youth Services is proud to be a Tulsa Area United Way partner agency.

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