Ins the late 60’s the federal government provided money to provide alternative sanctions for punishment of young offenders. The juvenile justice system was broken and the government recognized the need for organizations that could provide preventative services to troubled youth and families to reduce their engagement with the legal system. Under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 the youth service bureaus were born. Since the 60’s they have evolved into complex nonprofit organizations with offering a variety of preventive programming.
Anchored firmly in the communities they serve, the combined Youth Service Bureaus of IYSA serve more than 50,000 Hoosier youth and families each year.
While a portion of program funding comes from public sources such as federal and state initiatives, most comes from the private sector. Support for specific on-site programs is generally raised locally and is separate from the resources needed for statewide training programs, accreditation and peer review activities and collaboration with organizations that share a portion of our mission.
Youth Service Bureaus implement prevention and intervention programs proven by experience, evaluation, and research to be successful and cost effective. They apply their knowledge, talent, and energy to developing programs which will continue to improve the ways we, as caring communities, guide and direct our children.
To these ends all Youth Service Bureaus and our statewide association are committed to: