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Associated Youth Services
Last updated on March 4, 2014


For more than 40 years, Associated Youth Services (AYS), located in Kansas City, Kansas, has been providing crucial intervention to underprivileged youth in crisis situations. We strive to teach our youth that they are wonderful and that they can achieve great things in their lives. To this end, AYS exists to advance the social, educational, emotional and overall health and success of youth and their families.

AYS works to serve those youth who are often overlooked and ignored by society – youth who are impoverished, drug-involved, gang-involved, suspended and/or associated with the juvenile justice system. AYS’ programs have evolved over the years to include an array of services centered around the needs of youth in crisis: 1) AYS Academy: a GED preparation and job readiness training program for at-risk youth; 2) Adolescent Drug & Alcohol Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Program: outpatient substance abuse treatment and prevention paired with a caregivers’ support program; 3) Foster Care: a statewide foster care and training program that serves some of the hardest-to-place youth in the State of Kansas; 4) Home Ties: a youth residential center for 10 adolescent boys, many of whom have been adjudicated; and 5) Community Health Program: an education and direct-services health program aimed at meeting the needs of at-risk youth in our community.

AYS’ predecessor, the Mennonite Children’s Home, began as an orphanage to shelter and care for the children who were orphaned from a flu epidemic in the early 1900s. Committed to serving youth, the agency evolved from an orphanage to a collection of services better designed to help today’s youth cope with their surroundings.

Contact people:

 Maggie McKinley, Volunteer Manager, (phone), (email)
Teri Kriege, Vice President, (phone), (email)
Dennis Vanderpool, Chief Executive Officer, (phone), (email)

Office fax number: (913) 831-0262


 PO Box 171234, 803 Armstrong Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66117

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 AYS' main Kansas City office is located at the southwest corner of 8th and Armstrong Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Parking is to the west of the building, off of Armstrong. Our two entrances are located on. . . (more)
Last updated on March 4, 2014

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