Youth Center

Youth Center Research


JCYF Youth Center Location 
Over the years, JCYF has conducted extensive research to find a suitable location for a youth center in Jennings County. Our preference is to repurpose an empty building in the community. To view the details of our research click on the link below:

B & G Club Plans

Plan Overview 2015-2017

JCYF with the collaboration of local youth organizations could be the hub for out-of-school social life for youth in Jennings County. The Jennings County Youth Foundation finds itself on the brink of organizational growth and development. With sufficient increases in philanthropic support, the foundation has the potential to emerge as an innovator among organizations offering youth based programs to the Jennings County community. Take a stand for the youth of Jennings County and join our efforts. Donate now!

Plan Overview 2013
JCYF decided to pursue the option of obtaining a Boys and Girls club for Jennings County. It is the logical and most practical option yet still involves obtaining a building and property either repurposing or building new.

Boys and Girls clubs are located in the surrounding counties of Jefferson, Jackson and Bartholomew.

There are 10 Steps to start a BGC  and JCYF has started working through the process and have completed the first 4 steps.

Official conversations with the Boys and Girls club started in 2011. As stated in the board minutes "Danny Schiller had the privilege of conversing with the Mr. Kime who is the assistant director of the Columbus Foundation For Youth. He has invited the BOD to visit the site in Columbus and commended the Jennings county Youth Foundation BOD for their efforts."

JCYF plans to mirror the structure of the Columbus Foundation For Youth in overseeing the future youth center aka Boys and Girls club as one of many options for the youth of Jennings County.

Also in 2011, board members, Kelly Hatton and Jen Baldwin toured the Jackson County facility and learned about their new teen volunteer mentoring program which included a special area just for teens.

In addition, board members Kelly Hatton and Sunshine Galliher have personal experience with the Jefferson County facility. They received a tour of the facility during the registration process for their children in 2010.

Community Assessment

2015 Survey results

  1.  Nearly 86% of the adults feel there are not enough adequate and affordable programs for the youth in Jennings County while 64% of the youth feel that there are plenty of opportunities.
  2. Both groups agree though that they would like to see more academic- i.e. tutoring, reading, learning, and college prep (68% adults and 45% youth) and music or arts programs (62% adults and 45% youth).
  3. They also agree that the community needs a centralized location for these programs and services (86% adults and 80% youth). Of the 246 youth that responded 50% gave detailed reasons why:
    1.  “A youth center with mentoring would help a lot of at risk youth and prevent crime”
    2.  “Something productive for the youth of this community to have access to is necessary for the growth and betterment of the community as a whole that we all desire”
    3.  “Jennings County needs a centralized youth center to help keep kids busy after school and to help make future resumes look nice with after school activities”
    4.  “Our county is the only one in southern Indiana without a youth center, or boys and girls club or YMCA.”



Cost for a Boys & Girls Club

Building size and costs are dependent on the number of youth served, community support and available land.To view An outline of typical requirements for establishing a new Boys & Girls Club click on the link below.

Youth Center Building Fund

The JCYF Pass-Through Building Fund was established in 2013 with the Jennings County Community Foundation. Initial use of the pass-through fund will be for the purpose of construction or remodeling of a building. Funds received over and above the cost of the building will be applied to the initial operation costs. To view the details of of the fund click on the link below.