Celebrating Five Years of Service to 500+ Students

November 2012 marks 18 South Youth Center’s five year anniversary. During that time, more than 500 teens from the Red Lion area have passed through our doors. Here is some statistical information about the youth we’ve been blessed to serve:

At 68 percent, the majority of the youth we see are boys, which makes our need great for responsible male mentors. The average age of students who attend 18 South is between 13 and 15 when they first visit the center. Those who find the center around that age also tend to become regular attendees until they get a job or graduate from high school.

Nearly half of our students – 45 percent – attended Red Lion Area Senior High School when they first discovered our center. Another 27 percent started attending when they were at Red Lion Area Junior High School, and 10 percent came from the York County School of Technology. Just 4 percent hailed from Dallastown Area High School.

18 South aims to attract and serve youth who are at-risk, which we define as a student with divorced parents,  one or more deceased parents, involvement with drugs or alcohol, any history of crime, and emotional issues, including anger, violence, and depression. While we don’t document how many of our attendees struggle with these situations and which ones they’re facing, more often than not each teen is challenged by one or more of these issues. One concrete statistic that is available is that nearly 35 percent of our teens provide contact information for a parent or guardian with a different last name than themselves, signaling a broken family. I can personally attest that many, many more experience broken homes and emotional challenges than just that 35 percent.

This is a glimpse of our facility’s history. The future is filled with endless possibilities. It is my prayer that we reach another 500 youth in the next five years and that we instill in them a spirit of strength, confidence, kindness, and hope.

Disclaimer: The information listed above was obtained through analyzing contact information submitted by teens upon their first visit to the youth center.

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2 Responses to “Celebrating Five Years of Service to 500+ Students”
  1. Steve Smeltzer says:

    Congratulations Vince. Keep up the good work. “You’ve come along way Baby” – Steve Smeltzer

  2. Hi, Steve! This is Jess Cauller, director of 18 South, but I passed your well wishes on to Vince! Thanks for the encouragement 🙂

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P.O. Box 472
Red Lion, PA 17356
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717.347.8416

18 South Youth Ministries

18 South Youth Ministries strives to create opportunities for caring, responsible adults with Christian values to build authentic relationships with youth. The nonprofit operates 18 South Youth Center in Red Lion, Pa., which has reached more than 1,000 teens since it opened in November 2007.