Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center
301 N. Main Ave., Springfield, MO 65806
The Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center (RBYOC) is a unique place that promotes healthy relationships, resiliency, empowerment, and healing for Springfield’s young people. The Rare Breed collaborates with multiple agencies in the area to bring in the best programs for youth to overcome poverty and trauma and go on to lead healthy productive adult lives. Healing happens when youth have healthy positive relationships and that is the foundation of the program. Once youth engage in services, we begin with developing a unique plan for that youth to gain employment, get their basic education, get their mental health stabilized, receive substance abuse treatment, and get into stable housing. The Rare Breed has been assisting youth experiencing homelessness, inter-generational poverty, and trauma since June of 2000 and serves 60-70 youth a night.
Every service and referral offered at the Rare Breed is geared specifically to a teenager’s unique situation and journey. For young people living on the street, the drop-in center offers showers, lockers, laundry facilities, kitchen facilities, a hot meal, life skills groups, a computer lab, a weight room, a nursery, and a recreation area with pool tables where young people can get off the streets and be safe. Youth can express themselves and learn positive coping skills in our music room, recording studio, and art studio.
Additionally, case management services assist Rare Breed clients navigate more severe needs including mental health, substance abuse, employment, education, and short/long term housing.
Street outreach is the root of our program. Staff go into the streets multiple times a week to meet youth where they are, build relationships on the street, and provide case management. Staff and volunteers fill backpacks with survival items, food, water, tents, tarps, community resources, warm/cool weather items, and all sorts of other materials. With these bags packed, staff go out into the wooded areas of town, sewer systems and search for youth experiencing homelessness with the goal of getting the youth into the outreach center and off the streets.