South Side Mission serves children through a number of Christ-centered programs.

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.

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.

Youth in Motion

Students enrolled in Youth in Motion learn to perform through music and dance. 

Girls & Boys Clubs

Three tremendous clubs help young people age 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.

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. Fees for Day Camp are $245 for 61605 residents and $345 for non-61605 residents for the 8 week term and should be paid in advance. Registration forms for the summer of 2020 will be available May 1st.

Apply to work at our Summer Day Camp

Every summer we hire camp counselors for this program. If you are a Christian, 18 years or older, and want to minister to children this summer, click any of the links below for our application and other related forms needed for the application process.

Summer Day Camp Counselor Application ~ Personal References
Employee Statement of Faith ~ Staff Standard of Conduct

Volunteers Needed

All of our Children and Youth programs depend on faithful volunteers.  If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please click here for more information about how you can get involved.

Enrolling a child in our Programs

For information about enrolling a child in any of our Children and Youth programs please call the South Side Mission Youth Department at 676-4604 x2131 or send an email to our Supervisor of Children and Youth at