Youth Development

youth 2The Youth Development Program is an afterschool and summer program provided at the Bauer Community Center. The Youth Development program is free and open to youth grades 1 - 12. This program promotes attaining social and educational goals by providing constructive activities and building leadership skills. By focusing on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets® and Developmental Relationship®, the Youth Development program builds on positive experiences that are essential to raising successful youth. This includes fostering a growth mindset, building on youths’ sparks, creating relationships with youth people, helping them realize their possible selves, and developing a mental toughness to learn to defer gratification in order to achieve their goals.
Various activities include the Bauer Basketball team, STEP (a form of dance), homework assistance, recreation, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). A snack and dinner is provided after school and additionally, lunch is provided in the summer months.

When is the Youth Development program open?

Hours vary per age group and time of year. During the school year the program is open for 1st – 4th grade from 2:45 - 6 p.m. and 5:30 -7:30 p.m. for 5th - 12th grade. Snack and Dinner are served each day at 3:45 & 5:30. Families are encouraged to join in every Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. for Thursday Family Dinners provided by the congregation of Evangelical Covenant Church.

For more information check out our monthly newsletter, contact the Youth Services Supervisor at (765) 742-5046, or stop by our Community Center at 330 Fountain Street, Lafayette 47901

To learn more about youth volunteer opportunities and group community service projects contact the Juvenile Justice Specialist at (765) 742-5046 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Youth Services Bureau

Bauer Family Resources is Tippecanoe County’s Accredited Youth Services Bureau. The 4 Core Roles of youth programs are to:

  • Advocacy: To support, represent and protect the wellbeing of children and youth.
  • Delinquency Prevention: To prevent delinquency and divert young people from the juvenile justice system.
  • Community Education: To inform and educate citizens about services available and spur youth to action.
  • Information and Referral: To share information and maintain a referral system among all service agencies for youth.

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