Our major belief at Osceola McCarty Youth Development Center is that the youth of today are our tomorrow’s future, therefore, the ultimate goal is the growth and development of productive and responsible citizens.
Our “target group” of youth is not only at risk youth, but youth who are from single family homes, grandparent homes and low income families who need assistance to provide nurturing family values in a creative type learning environment.
Our programs includes after school services to include tutoring,mentoring, monthly activities and summer program. Forrest County alone has a high number of children living in impoverished environments.
Eighty-eight (88%) of elementary aged children qualify for free and reduced lunch, which is another indicator of the high numbers of children living in impoverished environments.