“We want to make sure the kids
in our program feel safe.
Hopefully it enables them to focus
on themselves and their treatment needs”
"For many kids, these experiences
are powerfully transformative."
As a child, Deelah Jackson stood tall
in the face of adversity.
Today, she puts her life lessons to work
at the Youth Opportunity Center.
Read Her Story
The Stanleys are well-known
in the Muncie community for their
But these days, no cause is closer
to their hearts than the YOC.
The YOC began as the bold vision
of a man who believed
in a better way to help kids.
Now it’s a model of innovation
for youth services in the U.S.
More than a beautiful 75 acre campus, and beyond an accredited program or diplomas on office walls, the YOC is about people helping people. Not just in small ways, but in life changing ways.
At the YOC everyone brings their own talents and gifts to the table, whether it’s a winning smile, broad shoulders, strong backbone, helping hands or a heart for kids.
If we can help save a child, then why couldn’t that child save the family, the neighborhood, the community, the world.
It’s often said that it takes a “special” person to work at the Youth Opportunity Center. To a certain extent, that’s true, but what does it mean exactly? It means that working at the YOC requires one to be dedicated, caring, cool under pressure, uncommonly patient, and, above all, passionate about helping young people.
The culture of the YOC is one of our most important assets and one of the most distinguishing characteristics of our organization. When you’re an employee of the YOC, you’re part of a family. As with most families, the YOC team knows how important it is to “play” together. We enjoy a healthy sense of humor, recognizing great work through fun events, and embrace the successes of our employees, and most important, our clients.
In sum, the staff at the YOC understands how important family, caring, and giving back to others can be.
Having all youth service agencies on one campus has increased continuity of care for the kids and families. Our ultimate goal was to provide easy access to youth services, and I believe this has been accomplished.
After taking a tour of the YOC, you see firsthand how much these kids do not have. And a lot of these kids have no one who believes in them. That was a real eye-opener. no one should go through childhood thinking that no one is thinking of them or praying for them.
The YOC gave our daughter a chance, and our family a chance, and that’s a chance we never would have gotten without them.