Holiday Gift Program

Making the holidays brighter for local families!

Thanks to our donors, each year our community makes the holidays brighter for many local families involved with Youth Services. Our Holiday Gift program is a true reflection of our work to ensure every child grows up happy, healthy, and with hope – and the incredible commitment we all share.

This year, about 250 families were given the opportunity to participate in the Holiday Gift Program! These under-resourced families are identified through their children’s participation in either our afterschool and summer programs, Study Buddies, partnership programs with local schools, crisis intervention services, and/or receive scholarship support for individual and/or group counseling. The families who benefit from the Holiday Gift Program rely on the simple fact that Youth Services never turns anyone away based on ability to pay and is available for all families who need us.

Registration for Holiday Gift 2024 will open the last week of September, so please check back then! For more information, please refer to this Q&A list with questions or contact Michelle Brody at

Please consider making a donation to Youth Services to support the crucial needs for mental health and social and emotional wellness support for children at youth – regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Last year $350,000 was allocated to scholarships for children in need of mental health therapy (in addition to the myriad of free programming available through other Youth Services programming).

A special thank you to Regency Centers for making this space available for the Holiday Gift Program!