Spring Break Camp 2012
March 19 ,2012 - March 23, 2012

Summer Day Camp
June 11, 2012 - August 10, 2012




I am happy to report that the State of the Agency is good! First, we formally relocated operations to our newly renovated facility. Second, our program offerings continue to expand as we rolled out new programs targeted to teens and young adults. And third, we are holding fast on financial stability. Without question, we continuously move in the right direction!

In May 2011, we moved into our new facility, the former Cochran Community Center, at 818 Cass Avenue. The $800k+ project came in on-time and at budget. The 29,000 square feet, two-story facility features new carpet and floor tiles throughout the building, a 13,000 square feet gymnasium, 4 large break-out program rooms, a teen lounge, computer center, library learning lab, two full kitchens and a 4,000 square feet turn-key ready childcare center. The lobby area features a double Triangle skylight roof system allowing maximum natural lighting into the facility. Neighborhood residents and youth absolutely love coming here. Staff are enjoying their new working environment. W will now focus on enhancing the “curb appeal” and exterior ascetics of the building. We are committed to establishing an attractive state-of-the-art facility to serve our communities.

The new facility only resulted in increase capacity of our Summer Day Camp program but expansion of program offerings as well. Our Summer Day Camp enrollment has doubled in capacity. In addition, because of the overwhelming number of teens and young adults ages 14 – 25 who showed up at the Center during the summer, we established a Community Open Gym program during lunch time. The program offers a free lunch, job training awareness workshops and job search opportunities for the 19-25 year olds. This program serves nearly 55 teens and young adults three days a week. Our efforts with teens continues through our Wyman Center’s Teen Outreach Programs (TOP). We operate two TOP Clubs targeted to Middle and High School students. TOP focuses on character development and community service. We connected a Job Readiness component to it for the 16 – 18 year olds. It has been a huge success! Our Jazzy Seniors Aging Adults program continues to support their needs. Finally, we are proud to announce the opening or our new Sickle Cell Disease Education and Awareness (SCDEA) program for healthy outcomes with children, youth and young adults.

Our agency governance continues to be strengthened. Our fiscal assets are sound and we continue to explore creative ways to diversify our revenue streams. Moreover, we are proud to report that we continue to meet all United Way Quality Standards as a member agency.

We welcome to our staff three new members, Mr. Isaac Parker, Facility Maintenance Manager, Mr. Dishon Knox, Out-of –School Programs Coordinator and Ms. Tanjila Bolden, Sickle Cell Disease Program Coordinator. Thanks to all staff for service to youth, seniors and families. Thanks also to the Board President Joshura Davis and entire Board of Director’s for their commitment and service to the agency.


Rodney T. Francis

Rev. Rodney T. Francis, M.Div.


The Youth and Family Center
818 Cass Ave
St. Louis, MO 63106
(314) 231-1147
(314) 436-9057 (Fax)