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Youth and Family Services/ Youth Services Initiative - YSI

A community-based after school and summer program for youth living in low-income housing.



The Youth Services Initiative inspires youth and families from underrepresented communities to make healthy, caring and responsible choices through recreation, health and well-being opportunities as well as life skill development.

Nuestra misión de los Servicios Iniciativos para la Juventud, es tener oportunidades y recursos necesarios para apoyar a jóvenes y familias de bajo de ingresos para tener un impacto positivo en tomar decisiones saludables con recreación, educación y tener oportunidades de salud y bienestar para mejorar la calidad de la vida en nuestra comunidad.

Support local public space, playgrounds, and recreation for all!  Donations received will help fund sport and recreation programming for low-income families and people with disabilities.
PLAY Boulder Foundation


About YSI name change to Youth and Family Services

For more than 10 years, Boulder Parks and Recreation’s Youth Service Initiative (YSI) has been changing lives and building community among Boulder’s economically less fortunate. Each year, YSI serves about 150 young people whose circumstance would otherwise prevent them from experiencing many of the recreational and educational activities and options their peers enjoy. YSI also enables underserved community members to get exposed to art, good nutrition, the benefits of academic achievement and higher education, a healthy culture and support system.

During the school year, afternoons include a structured, supportive environment for recreation activities, both at housing sites and recreational facilities. For example, every year a group of dedicated YSI youth packs the lunch bags that BOLDER Boulder runners receive after the world famous race. In exchange, every YSI member that wants to run the BOLDER Boulder gets a free entry to the event.

YSI also broadens our local youth’s horizons through access to recreational programs including spring break ski trips, horseback riding, waterskiing and cultural and sporting events. Besides creating community and bonds and civic-minded young people (who rapidly become contributing adults), YSI empowers Boulder’s youth to grow and pursue an engaging career path.

Thank you to the Youth Opportunities Program for funding programs for youth in the Getting Fit Program!