After School Programs

nys-kids-donations-imageThe lives of young people can be changed forever if given the chance to reach their full potential. Located in downtown Duluth’s Washington Recreation Center—and open after school, during school breaks and during the summer—our program is designed to be a place for kids, ages 5 to 18, to find themselves. The sense of belonging and hope provided in the environment created through Neighborhood Youth Services helps strengthen families, reduce risky behavior and open up a world of opportunity for young people. Taking part in the activities in this program is free and voluntary. This is a safe place to learn, play and connect with community, friends and family.

Neighborhood Youth Services was started in 1992 as a vision of then-Juvenile Court Judge Gerald Martin, then-Duluth Police Chief Scott Lyons and neighborhood leaders. Our location provides convenient access for youth within the Central Hillside and surrounding neighborhoods. We work with more than 600 boys and girls annually, introducing them to enriching activities that help them develop their individual strengths.

Enrichment Center

Young people can participate in individual and team recreation, arts activities, a computer lab, homework help, outdoor recreation and environmental education, as well as service learning projects. Find out more »

Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Project

The JET Food Project offers young people, ages 15 to 18, opportunities to develop job-readiness skills related to the food service industry, explore a variety of careers and occupations and define the educational needs for preparing for a particular career. Find out more »

Skill Building

Neighborhood Youth Services hosts a mental health practitioner from our Cambia Hills program who delivers skills groups with kids and families a few days each week. Kids who are struggling emotionally or behaviorally may benefit from this formalized skill building environment. Enrollment requires additional paperwork.

Become a Volunteer

Neighborhood Youth Services relies on the volunteer work from good people like you! Whether your talent is cooking, helping with homework, sewing, sports, photography, cartooning, drawing or helping young people discover and explore different cultures, we invite you to share your interests with our kids.

To learn more or to volunteer, please call 218-623-6474 or email us.


Parents can register their child for our Neighborhood Youth Services programming by calling 218-623-6474, sending us an email, or filling out an application form here. Additional enrollment paperwork is required for our Skill Building sessions.