Youth Ministry

SERVING OUR YOUTH THROUGH CHRIST-CENTERED PROGRAMS

We strive to engage students in person by assisting them with school assignments and also provide the opportunity to provide spiritual guidance through Biblical learning.

For information about enrolling a child in any of our children and youth programs, please call the South Side Mission Youth Department or send an email to our Supervisor of Children and Youth.

G.A.P. TUTORING

GREATER ACADEMIC PROGRESS

Each weekday, around 45 students come to the Mission for our after-school tutoring program. They receive quality tutoring from volunteers and staff in all academic subjects. Participants also enjoy a hearty snack, Biblical instruction, and other activities.

GIRLS AND BOYS CLUB

Our boys and girls clubs help young people ages 6 through 13. Students learn how to be the best young men and women of God they can be. Boys and girls enjoy outings, crafts, games, Bible studies, and a whole lot of fun!

REDEEMED BOYS TO MEN

Boys in this program are mentored and challenged to model Biblical examples by godly men, both staff and volunteers.

SUMMER DAY CAMP

Each summer, Monday through Friday, South Side Mission operates a Day Camp for school-age children. Participants enjoy swimming, crafts, outings, lunch, Bible studies, and a whole lot of fun! The Day Camp program runs for eight weeks during the summer and provides a great experience for every child it serves.

YOUTH-IN-MOTION

Students enrolled in Youth-In-Motion learn through Christian music and dance. Youth-In-Motion participants are taking what they learn and sharing it through performances at churches, banquets, and other social events.

YOUTH ORCHESTRA

The Youth Orchestra is dedicated to reaching Peoria’s inner-city students with the Good News of Jesus Christ as they learn the techniques of playing in an orchestra. With the help of some very talented volunteers, students learn to excel at playing the violin or cello.

DRUM LINE

Students participating in our drum line ministry are learning to use their rhythmic skills. The Drum Line has also performed at special events including for the half-time shows of a Bradley University and Illinois Central College basketball games.