Youth On The Move 

Youth on the Move (YOTM) is a comprehensive out-of-school time program. Through enrichment, education, empowering experiences, and peer support, the Youth on the Move program provides middle and high school students with opportunities that will prepare them for success as adults.

After school, three days per week, about 25 students gather in Ezzard Hall at Emmaus House. Caring staff check in with each student about their day and students receive homework assistance. Students participate in enrichment activities, they are encouraged to explore colleges and careers through workshops and presentations as well as engage in discussions and experiences that are motivating and empowering.

In the summer of 2016, YOTM joined the Emmaus House family. YOTM was founded in 2003 by the Peoplestown Revitalization Corp. as a pilot project called “Out of School Time.” Later, with support from United Way, it grew into the program that it is today

Program Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 3:45pm-7:00pm

“The Youth on the Move program has redirected my vision to become successful and they made me feel comfortable and at home. They helped me mature and keep focused on my goals.”

— Quavontaye Scott, Senior

“Youth on the Move has added value to the paths I am taking towards the future. My future started with Youth on the Move.”

— Alexis Peterson, Senior


For more information about how to enroll your child in Youth on the Move please contact:

Program Manager: 

Jardyn Lake |

Program Coordinator: 

Rakia Reeves |

4 Pillars of Youth on the Move


Activities and workshops, including life skills, financial literacy, creative arts and computer skills


College and career study skills, test preperation, essay writing, financial aid, college/career coaching, guest speakers from various careers and college/universities


Service learning and volunteering, youth organizing and advocacy, civic engagement


Field trips, college visits, service projects, job-shadowing, internships

Volunteer Opportunities 

Youth on the Move, an Emmaus House after-school program for youth in grades 6-12 seeks volunteers. We need homework tutors and career presenters. If you are interested in providing students with academic support and motivation or encouraging students to explore careers by talking with them about your profession, please contact Jardyn Lake at

Homework Tutor

Responsibilities: Assist students with daily homework assignments and projects. Provide constructive feedback and guidance.  

Qualifications: HS Diploma. Patience and high expectations of all students. Must be encouraging and a good listener.

Career Speakers 

Responsibilities: Talk with students about current profession. Talk should include required preparation as well as current responsibilities. Speaker should also be willing to address challenges they have overcome. Interactive, engaging formats are encouraged.

Qualifications: Currently (or recently) working in field. Must be encouraging and positive.