YMCA Youth & Family Services offers programs for youth and families affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as: abuse, neglect, divorce, incarceration, alcohol or drug addictions, mental illness, etc. Our programs create safety, trust and connection in communities across Montgomery County, MD.

Providing quality and effective services


Quotes from our volunteers and clients
Zachary Miller

Zachary Miller

Board Chair

"I have volunteered with YFS for the past 5 years because it keeps me deeply connected with my community. Montgomery County is a diverse place with a lot of wealth and resources, but it also has unmet social service needs. It is very satisfying to work with YFS staff and volunteers to help meet these needs."



Mother of a Client

“this program saved my daughter’s life… The program gave her hope, she became somebody, she became a different person.”

Theresa Testoni

Theresa Testoni

Resource Committee Chair

"I love the Y. Youth & Family Services staff are so dedicated and committed to their cause of supporting mental health. Watching this organization grow has been an exciting experience. YFS is truly saving lives! YFS programs are why the Y is so much more!"

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TOUR OF UMD CAMPUS IGNITES PROTÉGÉS’ INTEREST AND ASPIRATIONS Thursday, August 16, 2018 Getting into college can be a challenge but we believe that anyone who works for it should be able to attend. But Read more…


LOCAL “MOMS” PARTY TO CELEBRATE SOCIAL SERVICE AND RAISE HOPE Thursday, August 16, 2018 On March 9, 2018 over 200 women boogied the night away at the Silver Spring Civic Center to the top hits Read more…


Friday, July 6, 2018 Last year, Lindsey Foss, a Linkages to Learning mental health therapist, and many other health care providers began noticing that the young people she worked with were sharing feelings of anxiety Read more…

Our Holiday Tradition

The holiday season is full of love and joy and kindness. Our favorite T.V. shows portray families and friends coming together and feasting on tasty treats while enjoying one another’s company. However, for some young Read more…

Suicide is Preventable

Being a teenager is hard.  For some young people and their parents, getting through the teenage years can seem almost impossible. Imagine how much easier it would be if you had someone available to help Read more…

Mom Prom 2018

A “Mom Prom” is the ultimate girls night out. Be celebrated, uplifted, and empowered through fun, fellowship, and networking. This is an exciting opportunity for women to share, talk , dance, and laugh. Join us Read more…

The Love of the Game

Spring 2017 In one of the most diverse counties in America, Montgomery County, MD (http://www.mymcmedia.org/four-of-the-10-most-diverse-cities-are-in-montgomery-county/ )- recreational sports often serve as a unifying factor for many immigrant populations.  Sports are a great draw for youth Read more…

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