Youth of all ages come through our doors. Some want to learn a new skill after school rather than go home to an empty house. Some need an adequate dinner or help with homework. Others just want to have a conversation with someone who is willing to lend an ear. No matter what the need – educational, physical, emotional or spiritual – we see each child’s potential in life and help them see hope for a bright future.
Click the links below to reveal a description of each youth service we provide:
Youth from all walks of life face obstacles. But those who grow and learn in structured activities and have supervision are less likely to succumb to risky behaviors.1
Most cities offer after-school programs to engage youth to learn new skills and gain confidence through tutoring.
1According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Character Building Programs
Character building starts young and helps determine who a child will become in life. Girls can attend Moonbeams (preschool to Kindergarten), Sunbeams (first through fifth grades) and Girl Guards (sixth through 12 grades). Boys can attend Adventure Corps Explorers (first through fourth grades) and Rangers (fifth through eighth grades). All of these programs develop a youth’s unique individuality and personal strengths, based on Biblical principles.
Teen Drop-In Centers
When teens don’t have anywhere to go after school, we open our doors to give them a safe place to interact. Contact your local service unit to find out if there is a teen drop-in center in your neighborhood.
Youth with a passion for music crave an outlet to perform, collaborate with other musicians and learn new techniques. Most cities offer bands or choirs for youth to practice their passion as part of a musical team.
Need an outlet for your child’s sense of adventure and creativity, or a place for your family to bond over roasted marshmallows? The 280-acre Northwoods Camp
in Finlayson, Minn., is just 90 minutes north of the Twin Cities. We offer camp opportunities for both children and families. Contact Major Jeff Richardson at 651-746-3430 for more information.
When incarceration separates parents and children, we want to make sure the children feel loved and can create lifelong memories at no cost to their family. We invite children of inmates in Minnesota and North Dakota (ages 7 to 12) to Love Is For Everyone (L.I.F.E.) Camp. They can fish, swim and hike – all while working with counselors to learn life skills and overcome emotional obstacles.
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View The Salvation Army Youth Services Report: “It’s not Easy Growing Up in a Downturn”.