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Our History

Timeline of Our History

Directions for Youth & Families believes that struggling youth and families need help on multiple fronts. Prevention, Intervention, Education - a mixture of all three must be available so that each individual's needs can be adequately met. Directions for Youth & Families offers programs and services for each of these categories, making it one of the most effective resources available for troubled families and children.

Directions for Youth & Families has roots dating back to 1899, when Associated Charities was established. Through many years, many name changes, and several mergers, they became Crittenton Family Services in 1992, offering counseling and other intervention and education services to families and children.

In 1968, Juvenile Probation Council and Friends In Action were formed. These two additional service organizations would become the basis of Directions' Prevention services (with intervention services available as well). They merged in 1983 to form Directions For Youth.

Directions for Youth and Families was born of the 1999 merger of Crittenton Family Services and Directions For Youth, creating one organization that provides prevention, education, and intervention services to families and youth in central Ohio.

Crittenton Family Services
Directions For Youth
1899
Established as the "Associated Charities"
1921
Changed name to "Family Services Society"
1929
Changed name to "Family Bureau"
1939
Merged with the Children's Bureau to become the "Family & Children's Bureau"
1974
Merged with the Florence Crittenton Home and changed its name to "Family Counseling and Crittenton Services"
1992
Changed its name to "Crittenton Family Services"
1968
Juvenile Probation Council and "Friends in Action" formed
1975
Juvenile Probation Council merged with "Volunteers in Probation" to form "One to One"
1983
"One to One" and "Friends in Action" merged to form "Directions For Youth"
1996
Acquired the Short Stop Teen Center
1999
Purchased the 3rd Avenue Community Church and opened as the Short Stop Youth Center
1999
Built and moved into new building at 1515 Indianola Ave
Directions for Youth & Families
2002
Crittenton Family Services and Directions For Youth merged to become Directions for Youth & Families.
Crittenton Community School was founded in 2002 and is an affiliate of Directions for Youth & Families. Crittenton is a public charter school with grades 6 – 9 for students who have not been successful in traditional educational settings.
2006
Directions for Youth & Families Opens the Ohio Avenue Youth Center at 657 South Ohio Ave.
2011
Served 6,604 youth and their families in central Ohio Crittenton Community School served 156 youth in the 2010-2011
 

Directions for Youth & Families believes that struggling youth and families need help on multiple fronts. Prevention, Intervention, Education - a mixture of all three must be available so that each individual's needs can be adequately met.

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