Our Mission

Youth Services Agency, (YSA) a non-profit corporation, provides a range of services for at-risk youth in the Juvenile Justice Systems within PA and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region. Our Mission is to maintain at-risk youth in their families and communities, where possible, and to help these youth become responsible and functional members of their communities.


YSA programs follow the "least restrictive, community-based and graduated sanctions" mandates of the PA Juvenile Justice System (JJS). As a first priority, we try to serve youth and families in their own communities, followed by short term residential programs (several days to several months) for youth who can not remain in their communities while under Court supervision.  Longer term residential care, over 3 months, is focused on vocational training programs with recognized skill certifications for those youth deemed to need more extensive placements by JJS officials.

Our vocational programs are recognized by the PA Academic & Career/Technical Training (PACTT) Alliance which has additional information on their website about vocational outcomes.

YSA programs are targeted at known risk factors of delinquency: negative peers, poor role models and values; poor school achievement; as well as lack of attachments to community and empathy for others (David Hawkins, et el.).

YSA programs follow the "Balanced and Restorative Justice" (BARJ) philosophy defined by the PA Juvenile ACT wherein the needs of the victim, community and offenders are equally considered.  To this end, community service is  a primary component of many of our programs, with the goals to restore the victim through restitution, restore the community through the preservation of public buildings and parks), encourage empathy, and teach offenders skills through community service and “hands-on” experiential learning.  We have both in-house job skill training and extensive cooperative collaborations with outside organizations to teach skills.

PREA Information for ACT Program

PREA Policies

ACT 2015 PREA Survey

ACT 2015 Annual Review

ACT 2016 PREA Audit

ACT 2016 PREA Survey

ACT 2016 Annual Review

PREA Information for Penndel Program

PREA Policies

Penndel 2015 PREA Survey

Penndel 2015 Annual Review

Penndel 2016 PREA Audit

Penndel 2016 PREA Survey

Penndel 2016 PREA Annual Review

For information regarding the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), third party reporting, YSA annual reports, and agency PREA audit results, please contact the YSA PREA Coordinator, Jamie Dawson, at 267-688-3807 or jdawson@youthservicesagency.org.