YouthHope continues to bring HOPE!

We were founded in 1936 as the Christian Friendliness Association, affectionately known by many as “CF”. Our founders were four amazing women, from a small Bible study group from Rock Island! (Founding Ladies) 

These remarkable women provided food, clothing, friendship, and hope through the Word of God to those in need in our community. 

In 1946, Betty Mattingly was hired as a full-time staff. Miss Betty touched thousands of lives and impacted generations of youth during her 42 years of service!

In 1988, Mark Drake was hired as the Executive Director. His vision has produced massive growth and impact in the organization and in our community.

The Rock Island Youth Center was opened in 1995, and the Moline Youth Center was opened in 1997. Youth programs have been running year-round ever since! Camp Summit, in New Windsor, Illinois, was opened in 2001 and thousands of campers have experienced life-changing summer opportunities at our camp! 

YouthHope continues to provide food, friendship, and hope to those in need!

In 2006, the name "YouthHope" was adopted, as well as, the expansion at the Moline Youth Center. We focus on authentic relationships, pursuing kids and teens in their neighborhoods and schools, and bringing youth HOPE!

YouthHope continues to provide HOPE through programs kids and teens WANT to attend! We see transformation taking place in attitudes, behaviors, and life choices. We provide a safe-haven from the streets, positive and passionate mentors to guide and teach, and opportunities for character building, leadership development, life skills, and academic enrichment. 

The kids and teens have limitless potential, are loved by our God, and need to know how valued and loved they are! It is our honor and privilege to work with them, watch them grow, and transform into who they were created to be!

YouthHope is changing the youth culture in the Quad Cities through Christ and bringing youth HOPE!

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