About Youth Alternatives, Inc.

Several girl children from camp pose while two lay down in front in the girls cabin at Children's Camp.

Mission Statement:

'Empowering Youth, Encouraging Better Futures!'

Youth Alternatives is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves youth in the Venango County area. All programs are FREE to school-aged children that register with Youth Alternatives. Call or stop in to either of our centers to get registered today! 

Oil City: 814-676-5785, 1 Graff St., Oil City, PA 16301 (Headquarters) 

Franklin: 814-346-0188, 1250 Elk St., Franklin, PA 16323 (basement of First Presbyterian Church) 

We offer one-on-one homework assistance and a warm nutritious meal from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm throughout the school year. Youth Alternatives also provides fun, varied after-school activities for youth. Options include video games, board games, pool, foosball, crafts, volleyball and badminton, bingo, fishing, structured and unstructured outdoor games, plus skating and movie outings. Many of our activities are learning-based and incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Some examples of our past STEM activities include: taking apart and reassembling a computer, engineering boats, creating glow-in-the-dark slime, learning about yeast/making bread, and constructing mini-catapults. The Summer Food Program ensures that youth are receiving a nutritious meal each day while students are on summer vacation from school. This meal is served from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

YA kids climb a cylindrical artificial rock climbing tower, wearing harnesses that are connected to a pulley at the top of the tower.

Mission Statement:

'Empowering Youth, Encouraging Better Futures!'

Youth Alternatives is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves youth in the Venango County area. All programs are FREE to school-aged children that register with Youth Alternatives. Call or stop in to either of our centers to get registered today! 

Oil City: 814-676-5785, 1 Graff St., Oil City, PA 16301 (Headquarters) 

Franklin: 814-346-0188, 1250 Elk St., Franklin, PA 16323 (basement of First Presbyterian Church) 

We offer one-on-one homework assistance and a warm nutritious meal from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm throughout the school year. Youth Alternatives also provides fun, varied after-school activities for youth. Options include video games, board games, pool, foosball, crafts, volleyball and badminton, bingo, fishing, structured and unstructured outdoor games, plus skating and movie outings. Many of our activities are learning-based and incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Some examples of our past STEM activities include: taking apart and reassembling a computer, engineering boats, creating glow-in-the-dark slime, learning about yeast/making bread, and constructing mini-catapults. The Summer Food Program ensures that youth are receiving a nutritious meal each day while students are on summer vacation from school. This meal is served from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

 

Executive Director - Corrina Woods

At the end of 2023, Corrina Woods has rejoined Youth Alternatives Inc. as the Executive Director!
 
After serving 11 Years, Corrina took a step back and joined the Oil City Area School District as the Administrative Assistant at Seventh Street Elementary School during 2023.  Her time there was spent under great leadership and alongside incredible coworkers, and working with wonderful children.  However, she missed the one-on-one opportunities with youth that makes working for Youth Alternatives so special.

Corrina reflects on her experience: “I gained a lot of insight and realized there is a deep need for students on the South Side of Oil City – to have access to an after-school program.  One that provides homework assistance, and STEAM activities, all implemented by positive peer mentors…”

“I am pleased to be back working more directly with the students. I have always felt that all children deserve the same opportunities!

 

 

Youth Alternatives Kids Cooking S'mores around a campfire

Youth Alternatives, Inc. - Board of Directors

Chair

Rev. Barry Jenkins

Co-Chair

Cindy Woloszyn

Secretary

Barbara Hinds

Treasurer

Minnie Fink

Board Member

Megan Hartle

Board Member

Mark LaBue

Board Member

Drew Reinsel