COVID-19 Update

Our Youth Staff have currently reopened our in class Greater Academic Progress (G.A.P) ministry.  This program allows our staff to again engage students in person by assisting them with school assignments but also affords the opportunity to continue to provide spiritual guidance through biblical learning. All students are screened, temperature checked, wear masks and kept socially distant while in our facility.

South Side Mission serves children through many 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.  With the help of some very talented volunteers, students are learning to excel at playing the violin or cello .

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 special events. 

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 show of a Bradley University Basketball game.  

Girls & Boys Clubs

Our boys and girls 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 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.  

Apply to work at our Summer Day Camp

Every summer we hire camp counselors our Day Camp program. If you are a Christian, 18 years or older, and want to minister to children this summer, please contact our Supervisor of Children and Youth about filling out an application.   You can contact Gigi Gibson at or you can call (309)-676-4604 ext. 2131 for more information.

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 (309)-676-4604 ext. 2131 or send an email to our Supervisor of Children and Youth at