Youth Resources

Epworth Children and Family Services

Hotline: 800-899-5437 or  314-727-6294 (Available 24/7)

For over 150 years, Epworth Children and Family Services has provided the St. Louis community with essential youth development services that have helped thousands of children overcome severe emotional and behavioral challenges caused by abuse or neglect. Epworth’s innovative, holistic and comprehensive treatment approach helps youth focus on solutions, build on inherent strengths and communicate more effectively. Nearly 13,000 individuals turn to Epworth each year for emergency shelter, residential and intensive treatment, family reunification therapy, transitional and independent living programs, foster family care, prevention services and a 24-hour help line. Below is an outline of their programs:

Chafee: The Chafee program serves youth ages 14 to 21 who are currently in foster care and residing in St. Louis City or St. Louis County. The purpose of the Chafee program is to prepare youth for a successful transition to independence. Young adults enrolled in the Chafee program choose their level of participation.

Family Support Network (FSN): The Family Support Network offers free weekly, in-home counseling to improve family communication and relationships and provides information on effective methods of stress management and conflict resolution.

Foster Care Case Management: Foster Care matches youth with loving, caring families where they can learn to trust again and reap the benefits of a committed family.

Progressive Youth Connection (PYC): PYC provides violence prevention and character education programs in the areas of conflict resolution, violence prevention, cultural diversity, healthy relationships, decision making skills, self-esteem building and many more; case management services for youth involved in the St. Louis County Family Courts; and parent and community education.

Psychological Services: Epworth’s Psychological Services provides a broad range of psychological evaluations from routine psychoeducational assessments to comprehensive evaluations such as psychosexual evaluations, parenting competency evaluations, and risk assessments.

Residential and Intensive Treatment: Residential and Intensive Treatment provides a safe and stable living environment while youth work through emotional and behavioral issues that often stem from a history of abuse or neglect.

Street Outreach Services (SOS): Street Outreach Services educates homeless youth about their options and encourages them to obtain permanent, safe housing.

Transitional/Independent Living Programs (TLP/ILP): The Transitional/Independent Living Programs teach important life skills including budgeting, job readiness and parenting in an apartment setting. The ultimate goal is for youth to care for themselves emotionally, physically and financially.

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Youth Emergency Service (YES): The Youth Emergency Service shelter provides food and housing to youth experiencing homelessness or family crisis. The safe, nurturing environment and therapeutic services help youth and families rebound. No cost. Ages 11-19.


Office Contact: 314-727-6294

Office Address: 6816 Washington Ave. University City, MO 63130

Notes: Epworth is an independent agency serving all children and families, regardless of religious affiliation. Psychological Services (EPS) has bi-lingual providers who are fluent in Spanish and English as well as TF-CBT certified clinicians.

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Epworth Drop-in Center provides comprehensive services such as laundry and shower facilities; safer sex kits and classes, nutrition, clothing and hygiene items; common areas for “hanging out” (playing games, watching TV); computer workstations; cooking instruction; access to community resources such as STI and HIV testing, health care, legal aid, and documentation assistance; resource referrals and information; and group sessions offering skill training, recreational activities, and support for LGBTQ youth and allies. The Drop-in Center has open access during weekday afternoons and some evenings. Youth ages 21 and older can access the Drop-in Center by appointment or when in crisis. Staff are available to assist with locating shelter and referrals for housing. Case Managers provide crisis counseling and intervention, advocacy, resource referrals and connections, tangible items (such as clothes and food), opportunities for community service and support with identifying and achieving goals.


Drop-In Center Contact: 314-222-4877

Drop-In Center Address: 7520 Natural Bridge Road, Normandy, MO 63121

Notes: A 24/7 Helpline is available at 314-727-6294. Street Outreach Services supports youth between the ages of 11 and 20 who are experiencing housing instability or unhealthy home lives in an effort to help the youth obtain safe, permanent housing. If youth are experiencing homelessness they are eligible for services through the age of 24. Youth ages 21 and older can access the Drop-In Center by appointment or when in crisis.  

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Growing American Youth

Growing American Youth is a social support organization for youth who live near St. Louis and who are 21 and under and may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. Growing American Youth has been serving area youth for more than 30 years. Among other events, such as their New Year’s Eve lock-ins and their annual GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Summit, the group organizes a yearly prom for youth who may not be able to go or would rather not attend their regular high school prom due to problems with fellow students at school. They are represented yearly at St. Louis PrideFest.



Contact: 314-669-5428 |

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Notes: Growing American Youth meetings are inclusive of topics connected to gender, gender identity, gender variance, transgender, etc. Additionally, their group meeting attendees are diverse in terms of those who identity as transgender, gender fluid, gender nonconforming, and genderqueer. Since 2014 Growing American Youth has started all of their youth meetings with a Gender Inclusive Statement that they created together to support each other within the space.

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Kids Under Twenty-One (KUTO)

Founded in 1987, Kids Under Twenty-One strives to be a lead agency in utilizing youth and adult partner volunteers in providing peer facilitated crisis prevention, suicide intervention and postvention support to youth in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Our best-known program, the KUTO Crisis Helpline, has helped thousands of teen callers identify and develop solutions for their problems. Trained youth Crisis Workers assist callers in working through feelings of anxiety, loneliness, depression or thoughts of suicide and develop action plans to manage stress, mediate conflict and overcome despair. Nearly one in ten callers report that a friend referred them to the KUTO Crisis Helpline.

Crisis Line: 1-888-644-5886 (Available after 4pm CST, Staffed by Youth)



Office Contact: 314-963-7571

Office Address: 2718 S Brentwood Blvd, St. Louis

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am - 5:30pm

Notes: The Helpline is a safe resource for youth where they are free to express their concerns, explore feelings, identify stressors and realize effective coping mechanisms. The Helpline is available to help young people find the hope and strength to cope positively with the pressures and stress in their lives and to encourage using positive skills to manage stress, mediate conflict and work through feelings.

Tags: Crisis Line Crisis Intervention/Safety Planning Mental Health Services Youth Resource

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth (ages 13-24).

Trevor Lifeline is the only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people under 25. It is free, confidential, and available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386. TrevorChat is a free, confidential, secure instant messaging service for LGBTQ youth that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors, open daily from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT. TrevorText is a free, confidential, secure service in which LGBTQ young people can text a trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention, available Monday–Friday from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT by texting START to 678678.

Crisis Line: 1-866-488-7386 (Available 24/7); Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 (Available Mon-Fri 2:00pm - 9:00pm CST; Online chat (Available daily 2:00pm-9:00pm CST)



Notes: More resources on gender  identity, sexual orientation, and relationships available online under “Resources” tab.

Tags: Crisis Line Crisis Intervention/Safety Planning Gender Inclusive Mental Health Services Youth Resource

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Youth Connection Helpline

The Youth Connection Helpline provides 24/7 crisis intervention, including mobile outreach to home and/or community agencies to provide emotional support, referral information and linkage of services for children, youth and their families in St. Louis County. The program is a collaborative effort between Youth in Need, the St. Louis County Safe Place Network and Behavioral Health Response. The Helpline also has a Follow-Up Program, where eligible callers will receive a follow-up call within 48 hours by a Coordinator who ensures child safety, assists with referrals and continues to follow-up until the crisis situation has been resolved or linkage to services has occurred. Consumers may call, text or use web chat to access the Helpline.

Hotline: 314-628-2929 or TEXT 4HLP to 31658


Office Contact: (314) 615-5850

Office Address: 6763 Page Ave Ste. 201, St. Louis, MO 63133


Tags: Crisis Line Crisis Intervention/Safety Planning Gender Inclusive Shelter Youth Resource

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