Youth Development Organizations


  • Many youth programs teach good values, life skills, and encourage youth to participate in volunteering.  They are designed to support parents by enhancing their ability to raise responsible children.  
  • Strengthening youth comes by strengthening communities.  In order to lower crime, unwanted teen pregnancies and illegal drug use, our community must work together with families and schools to provide better programs for our youth.
What You Can Do

  • Encourage youth to join community and church youth programs.  (Listed below)

  • "Research shows that children who know where they came from are more resilient.  They are able to handle problems, do better in school and better socially, because they know they are part of something larger than themselves," said Helen Jackson Graham, English professor.  Helen is the Houston area Freedmen's Bureau coordinator, and has 20 years of experience in African American genealogical research.  (Source:  Reuniting the Black Family:  Volunteers Index Freedmen's Bureau Records, by Linda Talbot, LDS Church News, November 4, 2015)   Help children recognize they are part of one human family.  Help them discover who they are, where they came from, discover their family stories, and to feel connected and bound to their families through generations. 

  • Support our local Youth Centers.

Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Summer Camps for Kids
Over 100 day camps, weekend stays, and week-long adventures!
Day camps, Overnight camps, Academic/Science camps, Arts/Theater camps,
Church/Faith camps, Athletic camps, Family/Misc. camps, Special Needs camps, Equine camps
http://www.spokesman.com/summercamps/

Libraries
Spokane County Libraries: http://www.scld.org
Spokane Public Library: http://www.spokanelibrary.org/

Parks & Recreation

Spokane - Spokane Valley
(509) 625-6200
http://www.spokaneparks.org
(509) 688-0042