Programs

YST offers a wide array of innovative and proven programs focused on counseling, runaway and homeless youth, delinquency prevention, and youth development. Our programs are based on the needs and input of youth, their families, and our community, and are recognized as national models for quality and creativity. 

"YST gave me the tools to be my own person." Jonathan, Former Client 

SAFE PLACE

300 sites in the Tulsa area provide a Safe Place in nearly every neighborhood for youth to seek help in times of crisis. Trained volunteers transport youth to our shelter, where staff work with the youth and parents to identify the best step forward.

• Look for the Safe Place sign at QuikTrip stores, fire stations, Tulsa Transit buses, EMSA ambulances and Tulsa City-County Libraries.

• Text “SAFE” and your location (address/city/state) to 44357.

Safe Place Coordinator:

Hanna Tacha

htacha@yst.org

918.382.4479

Transitions Program

Helping youth, ages 17 to 24 who are currently experiencing homelessness through housing assistance and support services. Intensive case management services focus on life skills, employment and education so youth can gain the skills needed to move towards self-sufficiency and out of homelessness. 

 

TRANSITIONS PROGRAM APPLICATION: CLICK HERE!

Transitions Coordinator:

Sarah Jabr

sjabr@yst.org

918.382.4465

Health Services

Assisting at risk youth gain access to medical care through an on-site Adolescent Medical Clinic operated by the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine/OU Physicians. 

Health Services Coordinator:

Kurt Sterling

ksterling@yst.org 918.382.4468

Health Education and Prevention

HEP provides health education and connects youth to the preventative care and health care they need. The program encourages adolescents to take responsibility for their health and their future.

Health Education and Prevention Coordinator:

Kurt Sterling

ksterling@yst.org 918.382.4468

LGBTQ+ Services

Youth looking to better understand their sexual identity, gender identity, and/or self-expression receive support and education while building confidence and leadership skills. Students partner with peers, schools, teachers and parents to build Gay/Straight Alliances (also known as Gender/Sexuality Alliances) to create a culture of acceptance and reduce bullying. Check out our Coffee House and Youth Empowerment Space (YES).

GSA/LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator: Taylor Raye

mraye@yst.org 918.382.4429

Youth Court

An innovative partnership with the juvenile justice system allows first-time juvenile offenders to be tried in court by their peers. Sentencing often includes restitution and community service. Youth give back to their community while learning about careers in law. Volunteer attorneys train youth to serve as officers in trials for peers charged with minor offenses.

For more information about being a Youth Court Volunteer Click Here!

Youth Court is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Bar Foundation.

First Offender Program Coordinator:

Julie Stilwell

jstilwell@yst.org 918.382.4477

Adolescent Emergency Shelter

The shelter is open to all youth, ages 12 to 18, who don’t have a safe place to go. The shelter provides warm beds, hot meals, showers, clean clothes, counseling and a caring staff who offer support and resources to help youth return safely home or to another safe, stable living situation.

 

Open 24 hours daily, 7 days a week.

Shelter Coordinators:

Neisha Hubbard

NHubbard@yst.org

918.382.4449

Coffee House

Youth ages 12-18 have a place to hang out, express themselves and enjoy live music, wifi and free hot beverages courtesy of QuikTrip. Youth can enjoy

new activities and events weekly. Coffee House is open every Saturday night from 7-11 and admission is always free.

GSA/LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator: Rowen Hutchins (They/Them) rhutchins@yst.org

918.605.6703

Individual and Family Counseling

Licensed professionals offer office based services to help youth and their families navigate the rocky terrain of adolescence by improving communication skills, eliminating symptoms of distress and developing short-term solutions. Fees are determined on an income-based sliding scale. No one is ever turned away for inability to pay. Services available at our offices located in Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, and Glenpool.

Counseling services available for youth ages 12- 18 (if still in high school).

Servicios en Español disponible

Mayra Canales

918.382.4489

Emails and Phone Messages will be answered during normal business hours.

If this is a crisis, please call 918-582-0061.

If this is an emergency, call 911

Individual and Family Counseling Contact

Mack Jantsch

mjantsch@yst.org  918.382.4487

Community Based Counseling

Licensed professionals and case managers strive to help remove transportation barriers to counseling by providing services in the community, primarily at home or school. Eligibility for services requires Medicaid insurance or referral from the juvenile justice system.

Emails and Phone Messages will be answered during normal business hours.

 

If this is a crisis, please call 918-582-0061.

 

If this is an emergency, call 911.

Community Based Counseling Coordinator:

Jennifer Patchett

jpatchett@yst.org 918.382.4430

MAP

Youth learn skills to improve communication, deal with emotions, and recognize the consequences of their actions in decision making. The program is open to youth 12-18 who are experiencing conflict with family members, trouble at school or have become involved in the juvenile justice system.

MAP Coordinator:

Julie Stilwell

jstilwell@yst.org 918.382.4477

True Safety

A program in support of the victims of human trafficking.  

True Safety Program Coordinator:

Julie Stilwell

jstilwell@yst.org 918.382.4477

Street Outreach Services & The Station

Youth, ages 16 to 24, experiencing homelessness can drop by “The Station” Monday thru Friday, 11am to 4pm for a hot meal, showers, laundry, hygiene, WiFi, etc. When they’re ready, youth can talk to any of the friendly staff about being connected to additional programing or community resources that will help them move towards independence.

HOURS: Mon-Fri 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Street Outreach Coordinator:

Tim Peterson

tpeterson@yst.org

Sexual Health Awareness Services

SHA empowers youth to avoid high-risk behaviors, prevent pregnancy and STDs and focus on achieving positive life goals. TPPS uses proven evidence-based curricula delivered in group settings throughout the community. Abstinence based curriculum is used for younger adolescents with a more comprehensive training for older youth.

SHA Coordinator:

Nakesha Martin

nmartin@yst.org

918.382.4425

Substance Abuse Counseling

Licensed professionals assist youth on the path to recovery through prevention, education, and outpatient counseling. Fees are determined on an income-based sliding scale. No one is ever turned away for inability to pay.

Emails and Phone Messages will be answered during normal business hours.

If this is a crisis, please call 918-582-0061.

If this is an emergency, call 911.

Substance Abuse Counseling Coordinator: Eric Rolen

erolen@yst.org 918.382.4488

T-Town Tacos

Youth Services’ Social Enterprise! T-Town Tacos employs youth who are participating in YST programs, ages 18 to 24. By teaching employment skills and offering support; youth can gain the skills necessary to transition towards independence. In partnership with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, T-Town Tacos brings you fresh and delicious breakfast or lunch tacos to a downtown location near you.

 

Need breakfast for your office? Lunch for a meeting? Catering orders also available! Click on the block for more information.

Social Enterprise Coordinator:

Wes Rose

wrose@yst.org 918.260.0800

Re-Entry 

Partnering with the Office of Juvenile Affairs, we help juvenile offenders smoothly return to their homes, schools, and communities from placement. Services begin before the youth is released and include support and skills development for the both the youth and their parents through the use of counseling and case management services.

Re-Entry Program Coordinator: Amy Olsen

aolsen@yst.org 918.382.4402

 

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Email: youthservices@yst.org

Phone: 918-582-0061

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