About Us

June 1976– Youth Connections opened its doors as Johnson County Youth Services Bureau

October 14, 1976 Articles of Incorporation

November 1976- Opening of Youth Group Home

May 1979- Shelter House received State Licensure as a group home providing short-term care.

August 1983- W.A.T.C.H program begins, (What About The Children), first divorce educating program for parents.

1990- R.E.A.P- program, Regional Emergency Alternative Program

September 1988- Safe Pace/Host Home program begins in Johnson County

September 1988- JCYSB begins CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

December 1988- CASA separates from JCYSB at the order of Johnson County Courts.

October 29, 1994- Group Home Closes

May 1996- United Way of Johnson County takes over info-line program.

1997-1998- Positive Teen Parenting Program

May 1997- Youth Advisory Council

August 1997- Custody Evaluation program begins.

September 1997- W.A.T.C.H and W.H.A.M. become Families in Transition

1998- Children’s Visitation Center begins taking referrals from Johnson County Courts

May 1998- F.I.T mandated by courts

2000- Jumpstart Mentoring Services began in Morgan and Johnson County

April 2000- Safe Place and Host Homes expand into Morgan County

2003- JCYSB, in partnership with United Way of Johnson County, Johnson County Community Foundation and Johnson County 4-H, with the help from Leadership Johnson County, launches the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Johnson County (YPIJC).

2005- Name changes from Johnson County Youth Services Bureau to Youth Connections

Early 2008- Children’s Visitation Center begins taking referrals from the Department of Child Services

May 2008- First Jumpstart Mentoring Match

January 2009- Jumpstart Mentoring Coordinator position becomes a full-time.

March 2009- 1st Annual Breakfast of Champions Fundraiser

April 2009- Youth Connections adds text messaging to the youth crisis line

May 2009- 1st Host Homes placement of 2009

October 2009- Began partnership with Management 2000

2012- Educated nearly 7000 youths and adults on the Safe Place message.

2014- Jumpstart integrates S.T.E.M in their after-school program

September 2014- First annual Dancing with the Johnson County Stars

Summer 2015- Opened a satellite office in Martinsville

2015- All Morgan County Schools became Safe Places

2016- Youth Connections celebrates its 40th anniversary


Youth Connections, enhancing the quality of life for youth and their families, in our communities!


Youth Connections strives to be the premier agency advocating for youth and their families in Johnson, Morgan, and Brown counties. We provide dynamic programs and services that promote family support and positive youth development. We achieve our goals through a highly knowledgeable talented staff, a visionary board and outstanding community partnerships. We want the community to believe in Youth Connections and invest in our future.

Core Beliefs

Youth Connections believes that every young person deserves:

  • A healthy start
  • Caring mentors and parent(s)
  • Marketable skills
  • Opportunities to serve

We help youth and families meet their emotional, physical and psychological needs. Youth Connections is  a youth service bureau and as such YSB programming is defined in Indiana state statute and includes four core roles:

  • Juvenile delinquency prevention
  • Information and referral services
  • Community education
  • Advocacy for youth

Diversity Statement

Youth Connections recognizes the importance of respecting people, valuing differences, and managing diversity.  It is our responsibility to enable (individually and collectively) the potential of all employees by creating a work environment supportive of the unique talents, skills, and abilities each has to offer in meeting the needs of the individuals, customers and donors we serve in the community.

Recruitment and advertising for staff positions shall include a public notification process that encourages applications from a diverse population.  Applicants will complete an employment application form that is supplemented by interviews, references and other information. All interviewed applicants will be notified of employment decisions.


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