Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center
301 N. Main Ave., Springfield, MO 65806
Youth Services 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Donations Accepted: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Donations: (417) 2257415
Free and confidential services to at-risk and homeless youth ages 13 through 24.
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.