Midwest Youth Services

Midwest Youth Services’ provides free and confidential services to youth ages 9 – 17 years old. MYS strives to divert youth from the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, while helping to strengthen and restore families. MYS is located at 2001 W. Lafayette Avenue in Jacksonville, Illinois and serves Brown, Cass, Morgan, Schuyler, and Scott Counties of Illinois.

If you know a youth who may be absent from home, unwilling to return home, experiencing school-related problems, issues at home, having delinquent offenses, truancy issues, or any other concern, give us a call. We would love to work with you. We provide a 24-hour crisis hotline at 217-245-6000. MYS not only mediates in crisis situations, but also provides preventive and case management services, family support, individualized case management, community collaboration, and outreach. MYS is able to make referrals as necessary. 

New to Midwest Youth Services is JacksonvilleOneStop.org; found here is “everything YOUth need”! On this website, you can find information regarding activities, education and training, emergency services, medical and health services, and much more. If you would like your agency to be featured on this website, contact Beth Secrist at bsecrist@mys-kids.org.

For youth ages 12 – 17 yrs. old, wanting to make new friends, assist local agencies, volunteer, positively affect their neighborhoods, and do leadership-building skills, need to join MYPLAN (Midwest Youth Positive Leaders Affecting Neighborhoods) Team! This team is having their first monthly meeting Aug. 8th from 6 – 7 PM at 2001 W. Lafayette Ave., Jacksonville, IL. At this first meeting, fundraisers, and ways to give back to our community will be brainstormed! Contact Kacy Anderson at kanderson@mys-kids.org if you have any questions.

Midwest Youth Services is also currently seeking individuals that want to make a difference in the lives of youth that MYS serves. You can do this by becoming emergency licensed foster placement home. MYS foster placement is vital in providing safe short term housing to our youth . If interested please contact Kacy Anderson at 217 – 245 – 6000. Compensation is provided.

Check us out on Facebook and Instagram to stay up on what is new at Midwest Youth Services.

JacksonvilleOneStop.org – everything YOUth need. A one-stop shop for emergency services, non-emergency assistance, housing, medical and health, education and training, transportaion, childcare, work, volunteer opportunities, ID and legal help, mentors, activities and disability services. Contact Bsecrist@mys-kids.org if you would like your agency to be featured on JacksonvilleOneStop.org. Make sure to like Jacksonville One Stop on Facebook!

Midwest Youth Services is leading MYPLAN (Midwest Youth Positive Leaders Affecting Neighborhoods) Team! On July 12, 2017, MYPLAN Team had their first Kickoff with a Color War.

Midwest Youth Services logo. Check out Midwest Youth Services at mys-kids.org, Facebook, and Instagram! Also, be on the lookout for Midwest Youth Services’ company van with this logo.

Left to Right: Laura Brooks (Crisis Case Manager), Kacy Anderson (Outreach Coordinator), Ann Hungerford (Crisis Case Manager – On Call Supervisor), Susan Wilson (Executive Director), Ronda Pool (Business Manager), and Beth Secrist (CYS Community Liason).

Youth of Jacksonville Dream Center Foundations participated in “The Art of the Un-Selfie” – a portrayal of Jacksonville through the eyes of local teenagers. This photography mini-course, taught by Tiffany Warmowski from Warmowski Photography, challenged the youth to use techniques taught during this class to capture everyday images of Jacksonville. The photos are on traveling display, with plans to be at Lincoln Land Community College (Jacksonville) in September.

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