Enriching lives, empowering futures

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

YOTM was founded in 2003 by the Peoplestown Revitalization Corp. as a pilot project called “Out of School Time.” In the summer of 2016, YOTM joined the Emmaus House family.

After school, three days per week, middle school and high school students gather in Ezzard Hall at Emmaus House. Caring staff check-in with each student about their day, students receive homework assistance and participate in enrichment activities. On Wednesdays, students have the opportunity to explore colleges and careers through presentations and workshops. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students participate in a variety of enriching activities such as interactive cooking, poetry and mindfulness workshops.

4 Pillars of Youth on the Move

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

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

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

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

Program Dates

First Semester:

  • Start date: August 14

  • End date: December 14

Second Semester: 

  • Start date: January 14

  • End date: May 17

Program Hours

Monday - Friday: 3:45 – 7:00 p.m.


For more information about how to enroll your child in Youth on the Move, please contact: Rakia Reeves, Program Manager at rakiareeves@emmaushouse.org.

“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 toward the future. My future started with Youth on the Move.”

— Alexis Peterson, Senior

Volunteer Opportunities

Youth on the Move, an Emmaus House after-school program for youth in grades six–12, seeks volunteers. Please contact Rakia Reeves at rakiareeves@emmaushouse.org 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.

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 the field. Must be encouraging and positive.