Youth and Family Services

The Youth and Family Services department offers resources and services designed to assist West Baltimore residents in building strong foundations for the future. Our programs target expectant mothers, children and their families, youth and young adults, and women in need of basic services.

This department provides the following programs and services:

Early Head Start
Bon Secours Community Works offers an Early Head Start program serving low-income families with children up to 3 years of age. We provide high-quality early childhood development in a state-of-the-art facility that enables children to begin reaching their greatest potential while empowering parents to achieve advancement in their own lives. Following the national Early Head Start model, our program promotes the physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth of infants and toddlers through developmentally enriching caregiving. Our goal is to provide excellent care and engagement during a child’s early years to prepare them for continued growth and development, eventually leading to success in school and later in life.

Though case management and wraparound support, our Early Head Start program supports parents in their role as caregivers and teachers of their children, assisting them in meeting their own personal goals across multiple domains including hosing stability, employment, and financial security.

Beginning in 2021 we are expanding our program to serve up to 75 children, five days a week.

Community Schools
Bon Secours Community Works is the lead agency for three local elementary schools which have adopted Baltimore City’s community school strategy. A community school is both a physical location and a set of partnerships designed to promote student achievement and nurture the holistic health of children, families and communities.

As a lead agency, Bon Secours Community Works employs Community School Coordinators who work within local schools to create a positive environment where academics, enrichment, family engagement, and community development contribute to improved student well-being and school outcomes. Community School Coordinators serve as a single access point to a host of supports including health and social services, housing assistance, food, job training for parents, and more.

Bon Secours Community Works Community School Locations
Frederick Elementary
2501 Frederick Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21223

Franklin Square Elementary/ Middle School
1400 W. Lexington St.
Baltimore, MD 21223

Mary Anne Winterling Elementary
220 N. Bentalou St.
Baltimore, MD 21223


The Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Program (YEEP)
The Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Program (YEEP) provides high-school-age youth with after-school and summer employment opportunities as well as mentorship designed to help them achieve success in school and begin to plan their future careers. Through hands-on learning and case management this program seeks to boost high school graduation rates and reduce youth unemployment rates. YEEP participants receive job readiness, leadership development, and financial literacy trainings as well as career planning and job placement assistance, while being paid stipends.

Our summer YEEP program includes instruction from mentors with demonstrated experience in building and running businesses. Under the direction of these leaders, YEEP participants collaborate to design and implement their own business models. Through this fun and engaging program, YEEP participants learn fundamentals of business management that they can take with them into future educational and employment opportunities.

Women’s Resource Center
The Women’s Resource Center was developed in 1997 to provide women living in Southwest Baltimore with a supportive and spiritual environment to access human and pastoral services. Today our center provides a space where clients, many of whom are experiencing varying degrees of housing insecurity, domestic violence, unemployment, and physical/ mental health issues, can drop-in to access basic quality-of-life services and be connected to other local resources in a comfortable environment.

The Women’s Resource Center offers meals, laundry facilities, showers, use of a telephone (including messages received), mail services, transportation assistance and access to clothing donations. Staff at the Women’s Resource Center are trained to refer clients to a host of other local programs and services including healthcare, education, job training, food resources, shelters and more.